Jenny Lewis channels rough waters to create “The Voyager”

After a break-up, touring and her own personal journey, ex-Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis will release her cathartic third album, “The Voyager,” July 29 on Warner Brothers.

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Rilo Kiley had garnered major success and diehard fans during its short life, with their album “More Adventurous” in 2004 and also supporting Bright Eyes and Coldplay. Lewis also had her own success, providing backup on The Postal Service’s 2003 debut and now-classic “Give Up.”
In April 2013, Rilo Kiley released a collection of unreleased tracks on “Rkives,” but the band had dissolved in 2010. Lewis toured with the Postal Service in 2013, but was also working on her own new material — which was a mental cleansing for her.
In a press release, Lewis detailed the emotional turmoil she went through after Rilo Kiley broke up, as well as other issues, including the death of her father in 2011.
She said a lot of “Voyager” helped her get through the tough times.
“I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn’t sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn’t shut down.”
“Voyager” is produced by Beck (who seems to be EVERYWHERE these days), Ryan Adams and Johnathan Rice.

“Ryan and I didn’t know each other very well before this album … but I trusted the vision, and Ryan ended up being the person to get me over the fear of finishing somethig I’d been working on for so long. This record was the hardest one I ever made,” she said.

The “Voyager” tracklisting includes:

Head Underwater

She’s Not Me

Just One Of The Guys

Slippery Slopes

Late Bloomer

You Can’t Outrun ‘Em

The New You

Aloha & The Three Johns

Love U Forever

The Voyager

Lewis’ busy tour schedule continues through October, ending with Austin City Limits on Oct. 10-12.

Boston locals take note: Today, May 24, Lewis will be at the Boston Calling festival.

May 24 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling Festival

June 4 – Portland, ME – State Theatre w/ Kurt Vile

June 6 – New York, NY – Governor’s Ball (Randall’s Island)

June 7 – Washington DC – 930 Club SOLD OUT

July 6 – Toronto, ON – Urban Roots Festival

July 8 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues Fest

July 10 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall w/ Ray LaMontagne

July 11 – Orlando, FL – Bob Carr Performing Arts Center w/ Ray LaMontagne

July 12 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore w/ Ray LaMontagne

July 15 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre w/ Ray LaMontagne

July 16 – Charleston, NC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center w/ Ray LaMontagne

July 18 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Ray LaMontagne

July 19 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall w/ Ray LaMontagne

July 20 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival

July 22 – Interlochen, MI – Kresge Auditorium w/ Ray LaMontagne

July 23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Meijer Gardens w/ Ray LaMontagne

July 25 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival

July 26 – Camden, NJ – XpoNential Music Festival w/Ryan Adams

July 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls

July 31 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre

August 2 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza SOLD OUT

August 3 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

August 10 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival SOLD OUT

October 3-5 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits

October 10-12 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits

The singer/songwriter’s previous solo works include “Rabbit Fur Coat” in 2006 and “Acid Tongue” in 2008.

Watch the bright and country-tinged “You Are What You Love.” Visit www.jennylewis.com for more.

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