Capitalizing on the success of his debut tour of the U.S. earlier this year, which included a performance at the SxSW Festival in Austin in March, British singer-songwriter-guitarist Lee MacDougall, returns for his second tour of the U.S. beginning in August. Dubbed the All The Right Places tour, the schedule kicks off in New York City on August 4 and will cover multiple cities over a two-month period.
Since his initial appearances in the U.S., MacDougall has successfully toured in Germany, Austria and Italy as well as playing in his hometown of London, where, in addition to an intimate club date, he opened for headliner Bon Jovi at the massive Hard Rock Calling Festival in London's Hyde Park on June 25th. He will also be supporting Atlantic Records recording artist Rumer on her UK tour in November.
MacDougall has become known for mesmerizing audiences with emotionally-driven melodies and resonating vocals. Louisville's Backseat Sandbar says of MacDougall: "He has the type of voice that can fill every crevice of a room and every fiber in your body. Its clear perfection can play your heart strings as easily as his fingers strum his guitar."
Earlier this year, MacDougall released an self-produced 11-song CD called IF WALLS COULD TALK that is available from his website (www.leemacdougallmusic.com) and at his live shows. The CD includes the standout tracks "The Star Hotel," "She" and "Joanna," among others. Additionally, noted producer Jim Lowe (who has worked with the Stereophonics, Taylor Swift and the Charlatans) produced several tracks with him, including the version of "She" that is part of a three-song EP he released via iTunes last year. An acoustic rendition of the song produced by Lee appears on IF WALLS COULD TALK.
With the expansion of his live repertoire, MacDougall is releasing a new self-produced CD (recorded in his bedroom) called FOR A FEW TALES MORE to coincide with the upcoming U.S. dates. This 10-song release includes a number of new songs, among them the affecting "Smile" and "Hindsight," which have become highlights of his live performances.
Originally from the fishing town of Grimsby in the north of England, MacDougall emerged from the open mic night circuit in London that has spawned new acoustic English artists in the last two years. His ability to couple a strong lyrical narrative with a memorable melody has enabled him to establish an international fan base that expanded when his music was embraced by the community of fans of the Twilight films.
But it is the strength of his songwriting that has earned him recognition on both sides of the Atlantic and support slots with artists such as Train, Starsailor, Paolo Nutini, The Feeling, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. The Independent Music Scene wrote: "This is an artist that allows his voice to be heard clearly without masking the pure talent of the song. The music is great for having a lonely listen, to a couple's dance, to a drive through the country side with nothing to care about. The songwriting is straight forward without being simplistic."
Following his U.S. tour dates, he will make a return visit to Germany, Austria, Italy and England. The U.K. leg will include shows supporting Rumer on her multi-city tour.
Dates on Lee MacDougall's All the Right Places summer tour are as follows:
August 4-The Bitter End, New York City
5-World Café Live, Philadelphia
7-VFW, Jacksonville, FL
11-5 Spot, Atlanta (benefit for Alabama tornado victims)
12-The Nick, Birmingham, AL
13-3rd & Lindsley, Nashville
15-Buccaneer Lounge, Memphis
18-Southgate House, Cincinnati
19-Uncle Slayton's, Louisville
20-Cicero's, St. Louis
24-Continental Club, Houston
26-Cedar Creek Courtyard, Austin
27-Poor David's Pub, Dallas
29-The Blue Door, Oklahoma City
31-Joe Momma's, Tulsa
September 7-Humphrey's, San Diego
8-Hotel Café, Los Angeles
12-Elbo Room, San Francisco
14-El Corazon, Seattle
16-Poppy Café, Vancouver
20-Record Bar, Kansas City
22-Mario's Keller Bar, Minneapolis
23-House Café, DeKalb, IL
24-Double Door, Chicago
27-Radio Bean, Burlington, VT
30-Listening Room, Boston (industry event)
October 1-The Bitter End, New York Cit