In many ways, Pete Yorn’s career was built on the road, so it’s no surprise the singer/songwriter would continue that tradition, touring relentlessly in support of his latest album Nightcrawler.
“I’ve never been an artist who’s been totally embraced by pop radio,” he says. “I don’t have the record sales where you don’t have to leave the bedroom to get rich. I have to go out, I’ve got to go perform and let people know who I am to sustain my career.”
Yorn resumed touring North America in February and will continue until the end of this month.
This is after already completing a 35-city acoustic tour of the U.S. leading up to the release of Nightcrawler late last summer, visiting Australia alongside the Dixie Chicks in October and squeezing in a short three-city tour of Chicago, New York and L.A. in August and September.
“That’s the way it is for me. And I’m OK with that,” says Yorn, although he admits he gets burned out.
But unlike some other artists, Yorn says he is able to keep his shows fresh, which undoubtedly makes touring a little easier.
“The show has always been free,” he says. “I mean we have a lot of material to choose from. I am not one of those artists that have to sing the same songs every night.
“The band I’m playing with are very versatile and very skilled. Sometimes they will just go off into a part of song and do it in a new way.”
Yorn’s latest release, Nightcrawler, completes his morning, day, night, trilogy (the other two being The Day I Forgot and Music For The Morning After). The artist says completing the trilogy has left him with a feeling of creative freedom, and the sense that he can do anything on the next album; he admits he is getting the itch to get back in the studio.
“When you’re recording, you kind of want to get out there and tour, and when you’re touring, you want to get in a studio and record,” he says. “That’s just the way it is, I guess.”
- Pete Yorn will be at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Sunday.