[PRESS RELEASE, as written by her publicist]

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 – This fall acclaimed singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata will hit the road for an extensive run of headlining live dates in North America. These career-spanning sets will also feature the premiere of a collection of new songs from her forthcoming album to be released in early 2015. Additionally, the tour will include special Happenstance 10 Year Anniversary shows in Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles, Alexandria, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. French duo The Dove and The Wolf will open all dates. See below for a complete itinerary.


Yamagata is also teaming up with Pledge Music for a second time, inviting her fans to join her through the entire process of making her new record and going on tour.  Her new campaign is up and running and can be seen here:


Well known for her gut wrenching analysis of heartbreak and courage through the trials of relationships, when asked where the new songs are going, she responds:


“I woke one morning envisioning a sweat lodge of sorts – a healing, almost shamanic experience… going into a place to retrace the steps of past trauma and present turmoil – facing our life fears head on, but with the intention of exiting lighter and renewed. I keep seeing in others and feeling my own restlessness and I want to explore that discomfort. I’ve focused so much on the ‘partnership’ love in my themes and many of these new songs are reaching for a more self-revolved satisfaction. There are still moments of rehashing what happened in a relationship, the desperation of loneliness and so on, but the goal remains triumph over pain through its articulation.”


Self-managed and a resident of the independent artist world, Yamagata continues to grow her fanbase through dynamic live shows that touch on multiple genres. She has previously been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Rufus Wainwright, or a female Ryan Adams, but says the new production territory may call in hints of Mazzy Star and Cat Power as well. Her signature haunted piano splits time with more traditional singer songwriter guitar picking, but new elements of drum loops, melatrons, rain splattering on metal and even French translated letters weave a bizarre and dreamy backdrop to the new pieces – more night versus day. She plays heavily with a landscape of harmonies as well bringing them more center stage (Iron and Wine style) and has chosen the French duo The Dove and The Wolf to join her set and be the opener for the entire upcoming tour.


Three of the six Happenstance tribute shows have already sold out and while Yamagata acknowledges the ambitiousness of performing two different shows through one tour, she continues to follow the ‘leap and figure it out later’ philosophy that has served her well thus far. “The two shows will be their own unique experience. In a way, it’s following the intention of the new record – looking back to let go and discovering what comes next”.


Rachael Yamagata Fall 2014 Live Dates


10/2 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA

10/3 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA

10/4 – Il Motore – Montreal, Quebec

10/6 – Adelaide Hall – Toronto, ON

10/7 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI

10/9 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL*** (SOLD OUT)

10/10 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL

10/11 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI

10/13 – The Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN

10/15 – Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS

10/17 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO

10/18 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT

10/20 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA

10/21 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC

10/23 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR***

10/24 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

10/25 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA

10/17 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA

10/28 – Hotel Café – Los Angeles, CA*** (SOLD OUT)

10/29 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA

11/1 – Sons of Hermann Hall – Dallas, TX

11/2 – The Parish – Austin, TX

11/3 – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs – Houston, TX

11/5 – 3rd & Lindsley Theatre – Nashville, TN

11/6 – WorkPlay Theatre – Birmingham, AL

11/7 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC

11/8 – Cat’s Cradle – Back Room – Carrboro, NC

11/10 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD

11/11 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA***

11/13 – Mohegan Sun Casino – Wolf Den – Uncasville, CT

11/14 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA*** (SOLD OUT)

11/15 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia

11/17 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

11/18 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY***


*** Indicates a special ‘Happenstance’ 10 Year Anniversary Show 






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