Black Music Matters Festival

Voyage of Jenny Lewis continues

Monday, May 19, 2014 – Former Rilo Kiley leader Jenny Lewis returns with "The Voyager," on July 29 on Warner.

This is Lewis' third solo album and first in six years, following 2006's "Rabbit Fur Coat" (with The Watson Twins) and 2008's "Acid Tongue."

The disc documents her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of Rilo Kiley. "The Voyager's" rootsy sound comes courtesy of Lewis and the artists she chose to produce various tracks, including Ryan Adams (who, alongside Mike Viola, produced all but three of the tracks), Beck and Lewis' longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice.

"Making 'The Voyager' got me through one of the most difficult periods of my life," she said. "After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn't sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on 'The Voyager' came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn't shut down."

After several years of writing new material, Lewis took 2013 off to tour with The Postal Service. While on the road, she reached out to Adams to record at his newly built studio, Pax Am, at Sunset Sound. Her first day back from tour, she went into the studio with Adams and his partner, Viola.

"Ryan and I didn't know each other very well before this album - we had hardly even listened to one another's music, to be honest. But I trusted the vision, and Ryan ended up being the person to get me over the fear of finishing something I'd been working on for so long. This record was the hardest one I ever made," she said. "'The Voyager' tells that story: the longest night of my life and the journey to finally getting some rest."

Songs are:
Head Underwater
She's Not Me
Just One Of The Guys
Slippery Slopes
Late Bloomer
You Can't Outrun 'Em
The New You
Aloha & The Three Johns
Love U Forever
The Voyager

Tour dates are:
May 21 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory SOLD OUT
May 24 - Boston - Boston Calling Festival
June 4 - Portland, ME - State Theatre w/ Kurt Vile
June 6 - New York - Governor's Ball (Randall's Island)
June 7 - Washington DC - 930 Club SOLD OUT
July 6 - Toronto, ON - Urban Roots Festival
July 8 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
July 10 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 11 - Orlando - Bob Carr Performing Arts Center w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 12 - Miami - The Fillmore w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 15 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 16 - Charleston, NC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 18 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 19 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 20 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
July 22 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge Auditorium w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 23 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens w/ Ray LaMontagne
July 25 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
July 26 - Camden, NJ - XpoNential Music Festival w/Ryan Adams
July 27 - Pittsburgh - Mr. Smalls
July 31 - Indianapolis - Deluxe at Old National Centre
Aug. 2 - Chicago - Lollapalooza SOLD OUT
Aug. 3 - Minneapolis - First Avenue
Aug. 10 - San Francisco - Outside Lands Festival SOLD OUT
Oct. 3-5 - Austin - Austin City Limits
Oct. 10-12 - Austin - Austin City Limits

Lewis got her start as the front woman of LA group Rilo Kiley in 1998. In between recording and touring with the band, Lewis contributed vocals to The Postal Service's debut album "Give Up" (2003) and toured with them as a multi-instrumentalist. In addition to releasing two solo albums, "Rabbit Fur Coat" and "Acid Tongue," Lewis has collaborated with Elvis Costello, T. Bone Burnett and M. Ward.

In 2010, she formed the duo Jenny and Johnny with songwriter Johnathan Rice and released their debut "I'm Having Fun Now." She also contributed original music to the upcoming musical/drama, "Song One," starring Anne Hathaway. In 2013, Lewis made her debut as a film composer and music supervisor for the drama "Very Good Girls" starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen.