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JO DEE MESSINA

BRINGS HER “MUSIC ROOM SERIES TOUR”

TO THE WEST COAST





Multi-platinum and award-winning country singer/songwriter JO DEE MESSINA has added more dates to her “Music Room Series Tour” including a string of six West Coast concerts October 16-24 in CaliforniaOregon and Washington.  JO DEE will perform in the interactive format of her recent “Music Room” tours--modeled after the music room in her home--with a simple stage with piano and four backing musicians.  She takes requests and chats with fans, fielding questions and being her freewheeling self.  “We have such a blast with the Music Room Shows,” says JO DEE.  “No two concerts are the same, and each night the show is dictated by the crowd.  I am looking forward to taking it out West.”

Of the stripped-down show, Jon Caramanica of the New York Times praised the “…breezy, affable and sometimes sharp show, a scaled-down version of her Music Room Series tour: part concept, part request line, part talk show,” citing such highlights as “…an airy ‘Heads Carolina, Tails California,’ a counterintuitive ‘Because You Love Me’ and the excellent room-hushing ballad ‘Bring On The Rain’ (3/18/10).”  Kellie Gormly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said, “the stage was decorated just like a living room, with a big sofa, mock windows and curtains. Her band played simple strings and piano in the background, while Messina alternated between singing her best hits and answering questions from the audience. The atmosphere was fun, laid-back and informal, where people simply piped up with their questions and requested songs…It felt as though we were all old friends (3/15/10).”

On the music front, April 27 marked the release of the critically acclaimed “Unmistakable: Love” EP, of which Billboard’s Wade Jessen said it “…arrives at a time when country music finds itself in desperate need of new material from solo female artists who can deliver the goods. Enter the feisty redhead…Her own life experiences bring an authenticity to her vocal delivery…The singer has always known her way around a country ballad, and she wears those shoes comfortably on the soaring ‘Unmistakable’ and the tender ‘I'm Home.’ This is all-grown-up country music, delivered by a seasoned pro who sings with authority about the human condition (5/15/10).”  Bill Brotherton of the Boston Herald noted, “These seven tunes (two co-written by Messina, the rest by a posse of pros including ‘Idol’ judge Kara DioGuardi) plus two live acoustic bonus cuts show a more vulnerable, introspective Messina, and they suit her strong, expressive contralto (5/14/10)” and Country Weekly’s Jessica Phillips added, “Jo Dee’s voice is still powerful, honest and evocative, especially on the power ballads ‘I Think About Us’ and ‘Unmistakable’ (2/1/10).”


DATE:
CITY:VENUE:




Sat10/9Ontario, CanadaNorfolk Country Fair
Thu10/14Shiprock, NMPhil L. Thomas PAC
Sat10/16Cerritos, CACerritos Center
Sun10/17Redding, CACascade Theatre
Tue10/19Bend, ORTower Theater
Thu10/21Edmonds, WAEdmonds Center for the Arts
Sat10/23Astoria, ORLiberty Theater
Sun10/24Tacoma, WAPantages Theatre
Sat  10/30Tulsa, OKRiver Spirit Casino
Fri     12/10Harvey, LABoomtown Casino
Sat     12/11Gulfport, MSIsland View Casino & Resort


About Jo Dee Messina:
Since breaking onto the music scene in 1996, the multi-platinum and award-winning country singer/songwriter JO DEE MESSINA has scored nine #1 country singles, sold over five million records, received two Grammy nominations and earned various CMA and ACM awards.  Her many hits include “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” “Bye Bye,” “I’m Alright,” “Stand Beside Me,” “That’s The Way” and “Bring On The Rain” (a duet with Tim McGraw).  Her self-titled 1996 debut album was certified Gold by the RIAA and featured the single "Heads Carolina, Tails California." With four huge radio hits, her second album I’m Alright was certified double platinum and she won the CMA's Horizon Award in 1999. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album. The follow-up album, Burn, was certified platinum. She also scored an adult contemporary hit with "Bring on the Rain," with McGraw on harmonies. In addition to headlining concerts, she also toured with Vince Gill, George Strait and the Judds on their reunion tour. Her fame also led to television roles on “Touched by an Angel” and “Nash Bridges.”

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