Tunstall tones down for "Campfire" tour

Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:31pm EDT
 
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By John Benson

CLEVELAND (Billboard) - Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall returns to North America next week for an acoustic tour to promote her latest album.

The trek, dubbed "The Campfire Tour," begins May 3 in San Diego. Armed with double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, mandolin and guitars, Tunstall and her band will rework tunes from her electric rock-based album "Drastic Fantastic," which opened at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 last September.

While Tunstall plans on touring through the fall before hitting the studio next winter, she's already thinking about a more folk/blues approach for her next album. She expects to play at least one new song, the Bob Dylan-influenced "Turn Into You," on the tour, but has reservations about giving her fans too much unreleased material.

"There are a couple of new songs I'd like to play, but I have to say while I love the Internet, the one thing I moan about is you can't really test-drive songs anymore," Tunstall says. "Because as soon as you play it, it's up there, and I don't really want it to be up on the Internet when it's not finished.

"So you get kind of nervous about playing new stuff," she says. "Also, I want the new album to be a surprise and not for everyone to know the songs already. So it's kind of juggling with that as well and making sure that if you're going to give songs away, you know that's going to happen."

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<p>KT Tunstall performs on stage during the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo December 11, 2007. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins</p>