Mindy Smith will be hitting the road next month for the first leg of her "Closer" tour which will begin on July 1 at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville.
Touring in support of her self-titled fifth album out June 26 on Giant Leap/TVX Records, the 20-city tour includes stops in Birmingham, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and Knoxville, among others.
"I spent the last several years trying to get my bearings and investing in myself," says Smith, "I think unless you're willing to do that, it's going to be very difficult to convince other people that they should invest in what you're doing. I stepped back and regained control of the things that I could, which were publishing—the current songs that I'm writing I own my publishing on—as well as masters and recordings. People don't realize that unless you own those masters, you really don't own anything. You get to own your personality, I suppose, but that doesn't pay the bills necessarily."
Offering 11 original compositions—seven of which Smith wrote with the remaining four as co-writes with Daniel Tashian, Kate York, Tami Hinesh and Lori McKenna—the album was co-produced with Jason Lehning and recorded at Sound Emporium Studio in Nashville with Bryan Sutton (guitar), Lex Price (bass), Ian Fitchuk (drums), Joe Pisapia (guitar), Jason Lehning (guitar) and Dan Dugmore (pedal steel).
July 1 3rd & Lindsley Nashville, TN**
July 12 WorkPlay Birmingham, AL*
July 13 Eddie's Attic Atlanta, GA*
July 14 Evening Muse Charlotte, NC*
July 15 Jewish Mother Virginia Beach, VA*
July 18 Jammin Java Vienna, VA*
July 19 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA*
July 20 Riverside Gardens Park Red Bank, NJ
July 21 City Winery New York, NY*
July 24 Ram's Head Annapolis, MD*
July 26 Iron Horse Northampton, MA*
July 27 One Longfellow Portland, ME*
July 28 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry, NH*
July 29 Club Passim Cambridge, MA*
August 1 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI*
August 2 Old Town School of Folk Chicago, IL*
August 3 Dakota Jazz Club Minneapolis, MN*
August 4 High Noon Madison, WI*
August 10 The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC**
August 11 Square Room Knoxville, TN**
August 12 Natasha's Bistro Lexington, KY**