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Jon McLaughlin gears up for solo tour and guest spot with Kelly Clarkson

By M&C News Aug 15, 2007, 2:21 GMT

Jon McLaughlin gears up for solo tour and guest spot with Kelly Clarkson

While his friends were cramming economics, science, and business, Jon McLaughlin was studying piano, and his major-label debut confirms that the Indiana-bred singer/songwriter finished at the top of his class. Three years after his self-titled debut, which was the result of a competition triumph at his music school, McLaughlin meshes his upbringing with his adult-life influences (Billy Joel, Ben Folds) for an ambitiously crafted and extrovertly performed album of piano-led ...more

Following his premiere appearance last Tuesday night on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” sales of Jon McLaughlin’s acclaimed release ‘Indiana’ jumped over 60 percent at the iTunes Store. In addition, the American heartland singer-songwriter and pianist is gearing up for a rigorous four-month tour schedule starting this weekend.  Since the May 1st release of ‘Indiana,’ Jon has been touring virtually non-stop (including a month with Grammy award-winning guitarist Jonny Lang).

Jon’s upcoming road trip includes four weeks of shows with northern California singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (starting August 27th), then two weeks with Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini (starting September 30th).  The itinerary is peppered with solo headlining dates, and climaxes with a homecoming concert at Anderson University, Jon’s hometown alma mater in Indiana.  Shortly thereafter in October, Jon will join Kelly Clarkson for seven weeks on her much-anticipated tour.

Named one of “The Boys of Summer” by US Weekly magazine, Jon will be seen performing on the August 24th episode of the CBS-TV daytime drama The Bold & The Beautiful, alongside American Idol alumn Elliot Yamin. This has been a busy season for Jon, who was featured June 10th on the NPR (National Public Radio) program “Weekend Edition,” which resulted in ‘Indiana’ rocketing up the Amazon charts.  Later that month, he performed “Beautiful Disaster” live on NBC’s The Today Show.  USA Today highlighted the song, noting:  “The title’s first word is how he sees her.  The second word is how she sees herself.  The sad thing is he’s right.” 

The album’s title tune pays tribute to Jon’s hometown of Anderson.  He has written songs for the album with the Matrix, Jamie Houston, Grammy-nominated Marcus Hummon, Matthew Gerard, and Kevin Griffin (of Better Than Ezra).  The album was produced by Jamie Houston (credits: Santana, Jessica Simpson, Macy Gray, The Calling) and Greg Wells (Natasha Bedingfield, Veronicas, OTEP, Rufus Wainwright); and was mixed by Chris Lord Alge.
      
Jon McLaughlin tour dates include:

Date                      City                             Venue                        
Aug. 18           Lafayette, IN                Tippecanoe Mall
     27           Seattle, WA                 Crocodile Cafe 

Co-Headline with Sara Bareilles:                                              

Aug. 28        Portland, OR                Doug Fir Lounge 
     29        Sacramento, CA           Harlow's Night Club 
     31        San Francisco, CA       Great American Music Hall 
Sept. 4        Los Angeles, CA          Roxy Theatre
      5        Tucson, AZ                  Club Congress 
      8        Denver, CO                 Johnson & Wales U. Amph.
     11        Minneapolis, MN         Varsity Theater 
     13        Bloomington, IN           Bluebird 
     14        Chicago, IL                  Martyr's 
     15        Indianapolis, IN            Marian College 
     19        New York, NY            Bowery Ballroom
     21        Providence, RI             Decibel
     22        Portland, ME                The Station
     24        Philadelphia, PA           World Cafe (radio)
     26        Richmond, VA             Canal Club
     28        South Bend, IN            Notre Dame University
     29        Rock Island, IL            Augustana College

Direct Support For Paolo Nutini:                                               

Sept. 30        Decorah, IA                 Regents Center (Luther College)
Oct.   1        Detroit, MI                   St. Andrews Hall
       2        Cleveland, OH             House of Blues
       4        Washington, DC           9:30 Club
       5        Baltimore, MD             Ram’s Head Tavern
       6        Venue tbd                     Boston, MA
       8        Pittsburgh, PA              Mr. Small's Theatre
      10        Indianapolis, IN            Egyptian Room/Murat Center
      11        Milwaukee, WI            The Pabst Theater
      12        Madison, WI                Barrymore Theater
      13        Anderson, IN               Anderson University 



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