The country star is launching her “Just Because” tour with a show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Wednesday night.  She tells Billboard.com the name reflects her reason for the trek.  The singer explains that she doesn’t have a new album or single to promote, but is heading out simply because she wants to.  But Trisha admits it’s something her fans want as well.  She says in recent year’s she’s been very preoccupied with her Food Network series, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” and lately half of the tweets she gets are from fans asking if she’s “done with music” and “just doing cooking” now.  Trisha’s answer is an emphatic “no.”  She calls “the cooking thing” a “happy accident,” and says if she had to choose between the two “it would be music, no question.”

Trisha adds that she’s hoping to have a new album in stores later this year.  She says she plans to spend the spring and summer working on the project, so the disc will be ready for release before she hits the road with Garth Brooks this fall.  It will be Yearwood’s first album since 2007’s “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love.”

Trisha Yearwood’s “Just Because” Tour Dates

February 19 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
February 20 – Clearwater, Florida, at Ruth Eckerd Hall
February 27 – East Lansing, Michigan, at the Cobb Great Hall – Wharton Center
February 28 – Joliet, Illinois, at the Rialto Square Theatre
March 1 – Prior Lake, Minnesota, at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
March 2 – Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, at the Kewadin Casino – Dream Makers Theater
March 12 – New Brunswick, New Jersey, at the State Theatre
March 13 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the American Music Theater
March 14 – Westbury, New York, at Theatre at Westbury
March 15 – Mashantucket, Connecticut, at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods
March 26 – Austin, Texas, at the Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
March 27 – Durant, Oklahoma, at the Choctaw Casino Event Center
March 28 – Bossier City, Louisiana, at the Horseshoe Bossier City – Riverdome
March 29 – Midland, Texas, at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
April 2 – Wabash, Indiana, at the Honeywell Center
April 3 – Carmel, Indiana, at The Center for the Performing Arts – The Palladium
April 4 – Robinsonville, Mississippi, at the Gold Strike Casino – Millennium Theatre
April 5 – Marksville, Louisiana, at the Paragon Casino – Mari Center
April 11 – Windsor, Ontario, Canada, at Caesars Windsor – The Colosseum
April 12 – Rama, Ontario, Canada, at Casino Rama