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Ben Folds Announces New Album 'What Matters Most' And 2023 Tour Dates

Wednesday, 15 February 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Alysse Gafkjen

Ben Folds has announced a new album.

'What Matters Most' marks the singer-songwriter's first studio full-length in eight years, and will arrive on June 2 via New West Records, following up 2015's 'So There'.

Co-produced by Folds and Joe Pisapia in East Nashville, Tennessee, it features guest appearances by Dodie, Tall Heights, and Ruby Amanfu. Folds said:

"There’s a lifetime of craft and experience all focused into this one record. Sonically, lyrically, emotionally, I don’t think it’s an album I could have made at any other point in my career."

As a preview, Folds has shared the LP's jovial, poppy first single, Winslow Gardens, which combines sunny guitar licks and bright piano lines. Press play below, alongside the record's artwork and tracklist.

Folds will embark on a lengthy tour in March, which includes dates in North America and Europe, including stops across the UK in November. Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time on February 17. 

'What Matters Most' tracklist:

1. But Wait, There's More
2. Clouds With Ellipses (featuring Dodie)
3. Exhausting Lover
4. Fragile
5. Kristine From The 7th Grade
6. Back To Anonymous
7. Winslow Gardens
8. Paddleboat
9. What Matters Most
10. Moments (featuring Tall Heights)

Ben Folds Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri March 24 2023 - EAU CLAIRE Wisconsin - RCU Theatre - Pablo Center at the Confluence (USA)
Sat March 25 2023 - VIROQUA Wisconsin - Historic Temple Theatre (USA)
Sun March 26 2023 - DUBUQUE Iowa - Five Flags Center - Theatre (USA)
Tue March 28 2023 - FORT WAYNE Indiana - Clyde Theatre (USA)
Wed March 29 2023 - URBANA - Foellinger Auditorium (USA)
Fri April 21 2023 - TALLAHASSEE Florida - Capital City Amphitheater (USA)
Sun April 23 2023 - ATLANTA Georgia - Atlanta Symphony Hall (USA)
Tue April 25 2023 - CINCINNATI Ohio - Cincinnati Music Hall (USA)
Wed April 26 2023 - KNOXVILLE Tennessee - Tennessee Theatre (USA)
Fri April 28 2023 - GREENSBORO North Carolina - Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts (USA)
Sat April 29 2023 - WILMINGTON North Carolina - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (USA)
Sun April 30 2023 - CHARLESTON South Carolina - Performance Hall At Gaillard Center (USA)
Tue May 30 2023 - CHICAGO Illinois - Symphony Center (USA)
Tue June 13 2023 - NEW LONDON Connecticut - Garden Arts Center (USA)
Wed June 14 2023 - LOWELL Massachusetts - Memorial Auditorium (USA)
Fri June 16 2023 - LEWISTON New York - Artpark Mainstage Theater (USA)
Sat June 17 2023 - HUBER HEIGHTS Ohio - Rose Music Center (USA)
Sun June 18 2023 - LOUISVILLE Kentucky - Palace Theatre (USA)
Tue June 20 2023 - WILMINGTON Delaware - Grand Opera House (USA)
Thu June 22 2023 - NEW YORK New York - Beacon Theatre (USA)
Fri June 23 2023 - GREENSBURG Pennsylvania - Palace Theatre (USA)
Sat June 24 2023 - INDIANAPOLIS Indiana - Rock the Ruins at The Vogue Outdoors (USA)
Sun June 25 2023 - DETROIT Michigan - Motor City Casino (USA)
Tue June 27 2023 - NASHVILLE Tennessee - Ryman Auditorium (USA)
Wed June 28 2023 - ST LOUIS Missouri - Stifel Theatre (USA)
Fri June 30 2023 - ONAMIA Minnesota - Casino Mill Lacs (USA)
Sat July 01 2023 - FARGO North Dakota - Outdoors at Fargo Brewing (USA)
Sat July 22 2023 - COLUMBUS Ohio - Bicentennial Stage at the Columbus Commons (USA)
Wed August 02 2023 - BONNER Montana - Kettlehouse Amphitheatre (USA)
Fri August 04 2023 - PARK CITY Utah - TBA (USA)
Tue August 08 2023 - MILWAUKEE Wisconsin - Riverside Theater (USA)
Wed August 09 2023 - CEDAR RAPIDS Iowa - McGrath Amphitheatre (USA)
Thu August 10 2023 - KANSAS CITY Missouri - Uptown Theater (USA)
Fri August 11 2023 - SALINA Kansas - Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts (USA)
Sun August 13 2023 - ARVADA Colorado - TBA (USA)
Tue August 15 2023 - MESA Arizona - Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center (USA)
Wed August 16 2023 - LOS ANGELES California - Wiltern (USA)
Thu August 17 2023 - OAKLAND California - Fox Theater (USA)
Sat August 19 2023 - EUGENE Oregon - Cuthbert Amphitheater (USA)
Sun August 20 2023 - SEATTLE Washington - Paramount Theatre (USA)
Fri October 06 2023 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - Orchestra Hall (USA)
Sat October 07 2023 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - Orchestra Hall (USA)
Fri October 20 2023 - DALLAS Texas - Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center (USA)
Sat October 21 2023 - DALLAS Texas - Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center (USA)

Wed November 08 2023 - BATH Forum
Thu November 09 2023 - BRIGHTON Dome
Fri November 10 2023 - BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Sun November 12 2023 - OXFORD New Theatre
Mon November 13 2023 - LONDON Royal Albert Hall
Wed November 15 2023 - GATESHEAD Sage
Thu November 16 2023 - YORK Grand Opera House
Fri November 17 2023 - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Sat November 18 2023 - EDINBURGH Usher Hall
Mon November 20 2023 - DUBLIN Helix

Thu November 23 2023 - ZURICH Kaufleuten (Switzerland)
Sat November 25 2023 - BERLIN Admiralspalast (Germany)
Sun November 26 2023 - WIESBADEN Kurhaus (Germany)
Mon November 27 2023 - UTRECHT TrivoliVredenburg (Netherlands)
Thu November 30 2023 - PARIS La Cigale (France)
Fri December 01 2023 - ANTWERP De Roma (Belgium)
Sat December 02 2023 - DUDELANGE Opderschemlz (Luxembourg)
Mon December 04 2023 - ESSEN Lichtburg (Germany)

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