Jenny Lewis Adds ‘Rabbit Fur Coat’ Dates
Released in January 2006, Rabbit Fur Coat marked Lewis’ solo debut. The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman was joined on the album by The Wastson Twins, an alt-country duo made up of identical twin sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson.
Lewis talked to Rolling Stone about collaborating with the twins on the album, along with Conor Oberst, Ben Gibbard and M. Ward.
“Well, the Watson Twins were living in Silver Lake at the time, a couple blocks from my apartment,” Lewis told RS. “They were friends with Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley, and they actually sang on a really early Rilo Kiley B-side. We didn’t hang out all the time, but as I started piecing the songs together for the record, I was referencing this Laura Nyro record with the Labelle sisters, Gonna Take a Miracle – it was one of my favorite records growing up. I used that as a template and reached out to the twins with that record in mind. I didn’t really have a plan, I just went over to their place, played them my songs and it was just meant to be. We practiced a couple of times and recorded for a day. I brought Mike Mogis out from Nebraska to record me in L.A. I had made two Rilo Kiley records with Mike at that point. We were like, ‘Whoa, this album is really different.’ It was really special.”
Rabbit Fur Coat got the anniversary treatment this January with the release of a limited remastered vinyl edition, including all-new gatefold packaging, red vinyl, a download code and never-before-seen photos by Autumn de Wilde. After playing a handful of shows earlier this year in honor of the LP’s 10th year, Lewis and The Watson Twins will team up once again. But first Lewis has a run of solo dates planned, as well as performances lined up with her new project, Nice As F***. Lewis is continuing to support her acclaimed 2014 album, The Voyager.
NAF – featuring Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster and the Like’s Tennessee Thomas – made its debut at a Bernie Sanders benefit concert in New York. Up next for the trio are dates opening for M. Ward.
Here’s the routing:
April 29 – Saxapahaw, N.C., Haw River Ballroom
April 30 – Charlottesville, Va., Jefferson Theater
May 1 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
May 2 – Philadelphia, Pa., Union Transfer
May 4 – New York, N.Y., Webster Hall
May 6 – Portland, Maine, Port City Music Hall
May 7 – Boston, Mass., Royale Nightclub Boston
Jenny Lewis solo dates:
Aug. 11 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Pioneer Park
Aug. 13 – Eau Claire, Wis., Foster Farm (Eaux Claires Music And Arts Festival)
Aug. 14 – Maquoketa, Iowa, Codfish Hollow Brainstormers
Aug. 16 – Louisville, Ky., Headliners Music Hall
Aug. 17 – Birmingham, Ala., Iron City
Rabbit Fur Coat Tour with The Watson Twins:
Sept. 6 – Minneapolis, Minn., State Theatre
Sept. 7 – Milwaukee, Wis., Pabst Theater
Sept. 8 – Chicago, Ill., Chicago Theatre
Sept. 10 – Toronto, Ontario, Massey Hall
Sept. 12 – Burlington, Vt., Flynn Center For The Performing Arts
Sept. 13 – Boston, Mass., Citi Performing Arts Center
Sept. 14 – Port Chester, N.Y., The Capitol Theatre
Sept. 16 – Wilmington, Del., Grand Opera House
Sept. 17 – Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theatre
Sept. 22 – San Francisco, Calif., SF Masonic
Presale tickets for the Rabbit Fur Coat dates begin April 28. General onsales are scheduled April 29. Visit JennyLewis.com for more information.