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Benson Spreading ‘Love’ On Tour

Singer/songwriter Brendan Benson has begun lining up tour dates ahead of the March 22 release of his upcoming V2 album, “The Alternative To Love.” So far, six shows are lined up in North America, beginning April 7 in Cleveland. Benson will be backed by keyboardist/guitarist Dean Fertita (Waxwings), drummer Matt Alijan and bassist Michael Borrigan. The Stands will support. Beforehand, Benson and company will play six U.K. dates, kicking off March 21 in Edinburgh, with support from Psychid and the Five O’Clock Heroes. As previously reported, “The Alternative To Love” was recorded in Benson’s Detroit home studio and mixed by Tchad Blake (Pearl Jam, Neil Finn). “I also like to paint, and in painting it’s very obvious to me when to stop,” he said in December. “But in music I don’t know when to stop. I can’t resist that compulsion. In the end it might be the kitchen sink in that song, but I think it’s still going to have life just because I had so much fun doing it.” Benson has two other projects on the horizon: in addition to a collaborative album with the White Stripes’ Jack White, Greenhornes bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler, he is working on a project with Fertita dubbed the Stiff Tissues. (Via Billboard.)

Here are Brendan Benson’s tour dates:

March 21: Edinburgh (the Venue)

March 22: Leicester, England (Charlotte)

March 23: London (100 Club)

March 24: Stoke, England (Sugarmill)

March 25: Liverpool, England (Zanzibar)

March 26: Cardiff, Wales (Barfly)

April 7: Cleveland (Grog Shop)

April 8: Chicago (Abbey)

April 9: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Blind Pig)

April 11: Toronto (Lee’s Palace)

April 13: Boston (Middle East)

April 14: Philadelphia (Theater of Living Arts)

April 15: New York (Bowery Ballroom)