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Cat Power Readies Two More Covers Albums, Fall Tour

August 16, 2007 6:02 PM ET

Cat Power has been in Brooklyn, Miami and Dallas studios recording two new albums of cover songs with Stuart Sikes (and a band consisting of drummer Jim White, keyboardist Greg Foreman, guitarist Judah Bauer and bassist Greg Paparazzi). On what's tentatively titled The Covers Record II (due in January), Chan Marshall takes on Joni Mitchell's "Blue," the Highwaymen's "Silver Stallion," Hot Boys' "I Feel," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son," Jessie Mae Hemphill's "Lord Help the Poor and Needy," Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You," and a duet with Shane MacGowan on the Irish traditional "The Auld Triangle." On 2000's The Covers Record she memorably interpreted the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" and songs by Moby Grape and the Velvet Underground.

And in the fall, Cat Power will get a chance to rest out some of these tunes on a short tour during which she'll be backed by the Memphis Rhythm Band, the group of musicians that played on tours for her 2006 album The Greatest. Keep reading for the full list of tour dates:
8/17 - Dallas, TX (Granada Theater)
9/14 - New York, NY (Madison Square Garden; opening for Interpol)
9/19 - San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)
9/21 - Los Angeles, CA (Avalon)
10/13 - Fulton County, GA (The Echo Project)
10/14 - Norfolk, VA (NorVa)
10/15 - Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
10/16 - Carrboro, NC (Cat's Cradle)
10/18 - Tallahassee, FL (The Moon)
10/19 - Savannah, GA (Trustees Theater at Savannah College of Art and Design)
10/20 - Orlando, FL (Club Firestone)
10/21 - St. Petersburg, FL (State Theatre)

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