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KT Tunstall rocks across the pond
by Sarah Cooper
Aug 20, 2008 | 1224 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Photo/Silver Legacy Resort Casino- Scottish rocker KT Tunstall will be performing Friday night at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
Courtesy Photo/Silver Legacy Resort Casino- Scottish rocker KT Tunstall will be performing Friday night at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
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Before starting out on her 2008 U.S. tour, KT Tunstall sat around a campfire in Oxfordshire, England with friends, playing a guitar and just singing.

The Scottish singer has traveled the roads of folk, blues, rock and skirted the fringes of pop. Now, following on the heels of her Campfire Tour, Tunstall is bringing the blues-country influence to Reno with her Vintage Electric Tour.

Tustall’s stateside tour began in January and will be drawing crowds around the stage at the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall Friday.

Tunstall’s grainy voice and raw lyrics first captured international attention when she appeared on the British music TV show, “Later with Jools Holland.” Tunstall only had 24 hours to prepare for her performance on the show as a stand-in guest, after scheduled performer Nas canceled.

After the performance and following media recognition, she released her first album.

Tunstall’s musical roots were gritty, releasing a guitar and tambourine fueled album, “Eye to the Telescope,” in December 2004.

The album was certified platinum in the United States, sold more than 3.5 million copies world wide and released the Grammy nominated single “Big Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.”

The song didn’t immediately shoot to the top, holding No. 79 on the Billboard charts after its release. But it caught the ear of then “American Idol” contestant Katherine McPhee, who did a cover of the song on the show. The song immediately shot to No. 23 on the Billboard charts, even through Tunstall declared a huge distaste for the “American Idol” show.

Finding fame in the United Kingdom was no problem for the guitar-wielding Tunstall. In 2006, she won the BRIT award for the best British female solo artist, just as the rest of the world was catching on to her talents.

She also won a European Border Breakers Award in 2006. The recognition awards the top-selling European artists, discounting sales in their home country. Also, in 2006 Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See” won her the Ivor Novello Best Song Musically and Lyrically award.

In 2007, she captured a Grammy Award nomination in the category of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree." However, the award went to Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man."

This January, Tunstall received another nomination for the BRIT awards, but was passed up by Kate Nash.

According to an interview with Billboard.com, those who gather around the stage for Tunstall’s performance can expect an energy-filled return to folk and acoustic roots.

Tickets to see KT Tunstall are $60, $45 and $35 and can be purchased online at silverlegacy.com and ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-MUST-SEE or 775-325-7401. Tickets are also available for purchase the Silver Legacy Resort Casino Box Office located on the main casino floor.
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