When Pete Yorn tours alone, it's "just to get out and play some songs."
But, he adds, that's no casual affair.
"It's a good challenge," explains the California singer-songwriter, 40, who's released six studio albums, including the "Break Up" collaboration with Scarlett Johansson in 2009. "It's stripped back, no set list at all -- that's pretty much the only rule. It's a kind of fly by the seat of my pants kind of night.
"I put a lot of pressure on myself," Yorn adds. "I can't hide behind a band or anything like that. If you're gonna do this, you have to be prepared. You can't (mess) it up. But at this stage of the game and where I am in my life, I thought it was a great challenge."
Yorn takes requests during the shows and says he's ready for most anything, though he acknowledges there's a "vibe" of some fans who try to stump him by calling for particularly rare material.
"The brain is like a filing cabinet," Yorn explains. "You have to dig way back in there and try to pull the files, and for the most part they come. And if someone really stumps me I just say, 'Nah, I don't feel like playing that one tonight...' "
The shows aren't reserved for just old material, either. Yorn says he'll be trying out fresh material as well, an estimated 45 songs slated both for a new solo album he's planning for 2015 and for The Olms, a band he's part of that released his first album in 2013 and has another one, coming, too.
"I'm excited to try some of these new songs out in public for the first time," Yorn says. "I play them acoustic right now, But that doesn't mean they'll be that way on the record. But it's an opportunity to get them in front of an audience, and doing new material gives me some perspective on it, some answers to questions I have that will enable me to complete the record in a short time when I do get back studio."
An Evening with Pete Yorn -- You, Me & Acoustic
Saturday, Oct. 4. Doors open at 9 p.m.
The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit
Tickets are $42
Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com
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