If you’ve ever had the pleasure of catching Courtney Barnett live, you know how hard she rips when backed by a full band. The Aussie indie rocker is opting for a different vibe entirely, though, at her newly announced shows, a series of intimate, early 2020 performances that constitute Barnett’s first-ever solo tour of the U.S.
“Barnett will perform alone on stage accompanied by nothing but her own guitar,” promises a press release. “The tour promises to deliver something special for fans, with Barnett’s incredible songwriting and guitar-playing laid bare and up close. [...] These shows represent something of a return to formative years for Barnett, a journey back to basics.”
Barnett’s nine-stop solo run begins in Wilmington, Del., on Jan. 23, 2020, hitting Woodstock, N.Y., Pittsburgh and Cleveland, among other cities, before crossing over to the West Coast and wrapping up in Sonoma, Calif., on Feb. 2, 2020. Melbourne-via-Germany musician Hachiku (aka Anika Ostendorf), who releases music via Barnett’s own Milk! Records, will support Barnett on the tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. local time.
In addition to her solo tour, Barnett will play Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky Festival in Mexico on Jan. 18, 2020, before opening for Brandi Carlile during a two-night stand at the storied Ryman Theater in Nashville on Jan. 20-21, 2020. She recently performed at another Wilco-curated event, Solid Sound, covering Wilco’s “Handshake Drugs” alongside the band in addition to delivering a headlining set of her own.
Listen to Barnett’s recent appearance on The Paste Podcast below, watch a 2015 Barnett session from the Paste archives further down and keep scrolling to see her full slate of upcoming tour dates.
Courtney Barnett Tour Dates:
18 – Riveira Maya, Mexico @ Sky Blue Sky Festival
20 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Ryman (supporting Brandi Carlile)
21 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Ryman (supporting Brandi Carlile)
23 – Wilmington, Del. @ The Queen*
24 – Northampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse*
25 – Woodstock, N.Y. @ Levon Helm Studios*
27 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ The Warhol at Carnegie Lecture Hall*
28 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Garner Auditorium*
29 – Bloomington, Ill. @ Castle Theatre*
31 – Pioneertown, Calif. @ Pappy & Harriet’s*
01 – San Louis Obispo, Calif. @ Fremont Theater*
02 – Sonoma, Calif. @ Redwood Barn*
(* – with support from Hachiku)