Corinne Bailey Rae on tour in support of new album ‘Black Rainbows,’ playing 8 shows at Blue Note

Corinne Bailey Rae just released her fourth album, Black Rainbows, which is also her first in seven years. The album was inspired by objects and art collected by Theaster Gates at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago. “I knew when I walked through those doors that my life had changed forever,” says Bailey Rae. “Engaging with these archives and encountering Theaster Gates and his practice has changed how I think about myself as an artist and what the possibilities of my work can be. This music has come through seeing. Seeing has been like hearing, for me. While I was looking, songs/sounds appeared.”

If you haven’t checked in with Corinne in a while, Black Rainbows may surprise you. There are still moments of lush orchestration like on her smash 2006 debut, but the album also features more ambitious arrangements and even a couple noisy, punky rock numbers like the infectious “New York Transit Queen.” You can listen below.

Corinne is currently on tour in North America, with shows across the South and Southwest. She’ll be back in early 2024, including a four-night stand at NYC’s Blue Note on February 15-18 with early and late shows each night. All dates are listed below.

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September 19—Charleston, SC—Charleston Music Hall
September 20—Durham, NC—Carolina Theatre
September 22—Sugar Hill, GA—The Eagle Theatre at Sugar Hill
September 24—Birmingham, AL—Alys Stephens Center at University of Alabama
September 26—New Orleans, LA—Orpheum Theater
September 29—Austin, TX—The Paramount Theatre
September 30—San Antonio, TX—Boeing Center at Tech Port w/ Maxwell
October 1—Houston, TX—Stafford Centre
October 3—Dallas, TX—Texas Theatre
October 5—Santa Fe, NM—Lensic Performing Arts Center
October 7—Marfa, TX—Saint George Hall
October 25—London, U.K.—Ladbroke Hall
October 26—London, U.K.—Ladbroke Hall
October 28—London, U.K.—Ladbroke Hall
October 29—Cork, Ireland—Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
October 31—Madrid, Spain—Teatro Pavón
November 1—Barcelona, Spain—Studio P62
November 3—Seville, Spain—Cartuja Centre
November 4—Lisbon, Portugal—Capitolio
November 5—Porto, Portugal—Casa de Musica
November 8—Amsterdam, Holland—Paradiso Noord
November 9—Rotterdam, Holland—LantarenVenster
November 12—Macau, China—Kooltai Festival
February 6—Beverly Hills, CA—Wallis Center
February 7—San Diego, CA—Observatory North Park
February 10—San Francisco, CA—SF Jazz
February 11—San Francisco, CA—SF Jazz
February 13—Ridgefield, CT—Ridgefield Playhouse
February 15— New York, NY—Blue Note Jazz
February 16—New York, NY—Blue Note Jazz
February 17—New York, NY—Blue Note Jazz
February 18—New York, NY—Blue Note Jazz