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  • Monday, February 27, 2017

    Natalie Merchant will tour the US this summer, performing songs from across her entire career, with Natalie Merchant: 3 Decades of Song. The tour includes dates at Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, and The Greek in Los Angeles. In anticipation of a forthcoming career retrospective boxed set on Nonesuch (details to be announced soon), Merchant's concerts will span her thirty-year recording career, with songs from 10,000 Maniacs and from her solo albums. A string quartet joins Merchant and her regular band for the shows. A portion of the proceeds from Natalie Merchant: 3 Decades of Song will be donated to the organization Food & Water, which champions healthy food and clean water for all.

  • Monday, February 27, 2017

    Rhiannon Giddens's new album, Freedom Highway, was released on Friday to great critical acclaim. Giddens spent the day at Sing Sing prison, working with and performing for inmates as a part of Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections program. "Giddens is an immensely talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with the instincts of a musical historian," says WFUV, which named Freedom Highway its New Dig of the week. "On this new collection, she expertly and powerfully tells the stories of those who could not and bears witness to their struggle ... Freedom Highway is welcome, relevant and important." The Los Angeles Times says: "It’s a powerful collection made all the more visceral by the stripped-down instrumental accompaniment around full-force-gale vocals in big moments, and delicate pleadings when songs are at their most intimate."

  • Friday, February 24, 2017

    Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens' follow-up to her highly praised solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, is out now. It's a "rich collection," says NPR. "[H]ope comes back to life in Giddens' music." Pitchfork exclaims: "Rhiannon Giddens emerges as a peerless and powerful voice in roots music on her second solo album." The AP calls it "a rich tapestry with threads of blues, folk, gospel, soul, country and jazz ... rootsy and relevant, delivered with crystal-clear emotion and understated musical skill." Uncut names this "remarkably wise and timely new album" its Album of the Month. It earns four stars in American Songwriter, Irish Times ("a record for and of our times"), Observer, and Guardian, which calls it a "powerful and timely set."

Artist Spotlight

  • Nonesuch Records releases the label debut from pianist Tigran Hamasyan, Mockroot, in January 2015. Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, beatbox, poetry, and more. His second label release, An Ancient Observer, is due March 31, 2017.

  • Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens' follow-up to her highly praised solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, includes nine original songs she wrote or co-wrote; a traditional tune; and two civil rights–era songs, "Birmingham Sunday" and Staple Singers' "Freedom Highway." Giddens co-produced the album with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Louisiana studio, with the bulk of recording done in wooden rooms built prior to the Civil War, over an intense eight-day period....

  • Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst's Nonesuch Records debut album, Upside Down Mountain, was released in 2014. Oberst has been a recording artist for more than two decades, starting with raw, acoustic guitar-based bedroom tracks he cut as a young teenager and initially released on cassette. After his early Omaha-based band Commander Venus broke up, Oberst recast himself as Bright Eyes, an umbrella name for Oberst, producer-keyboardist Mike Mogis and multi-instrumentalist/arranger...

  • Mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other's work, make their duo debut together with Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs. "Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau come from different worlds but the same species," says the New York Times. "Mr. Thile is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years. Both are team players." The vinyl edition includes...

  • Mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other's work, make their duo debut together with Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs. "Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau come from different worlds but the same species," says the New York Times. "Mr. Thile is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years. Both are team players." The vinyl edition includes...

Tour

Mon, Feb 27
8:00 PM
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GAUnited States
Mon, Feb 27
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta,GAUnited States
Mon, Feb 27
8:30 PM
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia
Mon, Feb 27
Sydney Opera House
Sydney,Australia
Mon, Feb 27
9:00 PM
Blue Whale
Los Angeles, CAUnited States
Mon, Feb 27
Blue Whale
Los Angeles,CAUnited States
Tue, Feb 28
8:00 PM
Emo's
Austin, TXUnited States
Tue, Feb 28
Emo's
Austin,TXUnited States
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