Readies For Tour, Kicking Off Thursday In Chicago
GRAMMY®-nominated singer and songwriter Dave Barnes’ new studio project, Stories To Tell, released yesterday courtesy of Razor & Tie. Featuring 11 new tracks produced by John Fields (Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls, Jonas Brothers, P!nk), Barnes is ready to tour the new album, kicking off tomorrow in Chicago and hitting other cities such as New York, Nashville, Memphis, Philadelphia, and DC. Tour dates are listed below.

The album is already topping iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter page and at press time, is #11 on the overall iTunes album chart. Stories To Tell has also received shoutouts on Twitter, courtesy of tweets from such popular artists as Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Jon McLaughlin, reaching well over two million people. So what are the critics saying about Barnes and his Stories To Tell? With reviews in USA Today and Billboard and coverage with HearItFirst, GMCTV, All Access, CCM, NewReleaseTuesday, here are a few highlights:

“Straddling the fence between the CCM music world and the secular, Dave Barnes has been praised by artists from Amy Grant to John Mayer for standing out as a talented singer/songwriter. Stories to Tell should uphold his reputation with its catchy, acoustic tunes, and positive outlook.”

“…He has a knack for plying himself to songs that act as slice-of-life vignettes, specific and vague where they ought to be, that resonate with common experience and occasionally challenge. The sum of all those parts should continue the interest…in Barnes’ Stories.”
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“Dave Barnes is back with his Southern hospitality, though not without stylistic changes for good measure; both old and new fans will be more than
enthralled with his Stories To Tell.”

“The new Dave Barnes record grabs love and wrastles it. His songwriting clamps very near the center of my chest-the place where great music truly resides. It’s honest. It’s hope-filled. It’s full of ideas and wonder about our world. I bet when other artists hear it they’ll say to themselves, ‘I wish I’d written that with Dave.’ I will gladly take that wager.”
– ListenIn.org review and feature

Barnes also continues to hit big at radio with Stories To Tell‘s first radio single, “Mine To Love.” Writing the song after he found out he and his wife were pregnant with their first child, “I couldn’t stop thinking about the possibility of having a child, and this song poured out of all those emotions,” he shares. “I’ve never been as emotional as I was writing this song. I had to stop a few times while writing it.” The single is on sale for $.69 at iTunes through April 3rd.
Barnes recently paid a visit to KLOVE and Air1 to share his new songs from Stories To Tell. Pictured below is Barnes with Air1 Program Director Paul Goldsmith and K-LOVE Program Director Chuck Pryor.

Stories To Tell, Barnes’ 6th studio album (including 2010’s Very Merry Christmas), was recorded in Los Angeles with producer John Fields, marking the first time he has recorded outside of his home town Nashville, TN. An artist that has never adhered to a specific genre, Barnes’ music is generally inspired by an array of music influences ranging from rock, pop and country to blues, soul and R&B.
His spring 2010 release, What We Want, What We Get, features the GRAMMY-nominated song “God Gave Me You,” which has sold well over half a million individual song downloads . Barnes has toured with notable acts including John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Bonnie Raitt, and One Republic as well as festivals such as Bonnaroo. His music has been featured in television shows such as CW’s “Life Unexpected,” Disney’s  “Suite Life On Deck,” ABC’s“ Brothers And Sisters” and WB’s “Summerland,” as well as the films “Employee Of The Month” and “My Super Ex-Girlfriend.” His songs have been covered by a bevy of other artists including, country singers Blake Shelton and Billy Currington as well as Marc Broussard, Kelly Clarkson, Bethany Dillon, to name a few. He has also been recognized by the industry as a rising songwriter. Billboard Magazine touted, “Many of the best pop songwriters come out of Nashville, and Dave Barnes is one such singer/scribe now building momentum.”
Dave Barnes is signed to leading independent label Razor & Tie and is administered by Razor & Tie Music Publishing.

Dave Barnes’ Stories To Tell tour dates:

15  Chicago IL – Lincoln Hall
16  Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
17  Indianapolis, IN – Earth House Collective
22  Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
23  Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
24  New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
13  Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
19  Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
20  Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
21  Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
26  Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theatre
27  Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
29  Charlotte, NC – McGloghlin Theatre
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