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  • December 11, 2018

    Mountain Man continues its first US tour in six years this spring with new headlining and festival dates across the south and east, beginning March 16 in Houston. You can watch a new video of Mountain Man performing "Boat" from their new album, Magic Ship, at a recent sold-out hometown show, here. The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich has named Magic Ship one of the ten best albums of 2018: "It’s heavy with acquired wisdom, and with vocals so haunting they’ll make you shiver."

  • November 13, 2018

    The line-up for the 2019 Big Ears Festival has been announced, including several Nonesuch artists: Rhiannon Giddens, Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane, and Mountain Man. Big Ears will be held at venues throughout downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, March 21–24, 2019. Weekend passes are on sale now.

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  • The acclaimed trio Mountain Man's first album in eight years, Magic Ship, will be released on September 21, 2018, via Nonesuch Records (via Bella Union in Europe). The record, their first for Nonesuch, includes eleven original songs written by the trio—Amelia Meath, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Molly Sarlé—as well as interpretations of Ted Lucas' "Baby Where You Are," Michael Hurley's "Blue Mountain," and the traditional hymn "Bright Morning Stars." 

    Magic Ship is available to pre-order with instant downloads of the album tracks "Window," "Rang Tang Ring Toon," and "Stella." Additionally, all Nonesuch Store pre-orders include a limited-edition print signed by the band; bundle options include an exclusive tote bag.

    Pitchfork said Mountain Man's beloved 2010 debut, Made the Harbor, "feels like a private performance of friends only out to please themselves. But if you promise to sit quietly and listen, you're more than welcome to stay." The trio had formed shortly before its release, during their Vermont college years. "We all have this secret access to each other's feelings, whether or not we're singing. That is what creates the alchemy when we are singing together," says Sarlé.

    The three musicians went in different directions after the Made the Harbor tour: Meath moved to Durham, North Carolina and eventually started Sylvan Esso. Sarlé headed for a Zen center in California. Sauser-Monnig first moved to Minnesota, then to a farm in North Carolina. They eventually all ended up in North Carolina, spending time together as old friends.

    They reunited as a band last summer at the Eaux Claires music festival, on a tiny, cabin-like stage tucked into a forest, in front of an unusually large audience hanging on every note. Meath says, "When the first Eaux Claires happened, I realized it was the perfect place for Mountain Man to play, if Mountain Man was ever going to play again. Cute boys stood in stinging nettles to hear us. So many people cried. And it felt really good, just like it always did."

    Mountain Man reconvened a few months later at Meath's home studio in Durham to begin what would become Magic Ship. Sauser-Monnig explains, "We all got together at Molly's house in the wintertime, on one of the snowy days that rarely happen in North Carolina. We built a fire in the wood stove and shared a handful of songs that felt like they could be right for Mountain Man. It happened really naturally, and all of those songs ended up being on the record."

    "It feels amazing when we sing together, and we wanted to see if that was enough to carry a whole record. Could we just sing these songs and record them and make an album? Once we played these songs for each other, we knew the record was going to be great," agrees Sarlé.

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Tour

Sat, Mar 16
Houston, TX
The Heights Theater
Sat, Mar 16
Houston, TX
The Heights Theater
Sun, Mar 17
New Orleans, LA
Preservation Hall
Sun, Mar 17
New Orleans, LA
Preservation Hall
Mon, Mar 18
New Orleans, LA
Preservation Hall
Mon, Mar 18
New Orleans, LA
Preservation Hall
Tue, Mar 19
Jackson, MS
Duling Hall
Tue, Mar 19
Jackson, MS
Duling Hall
Thu, Mar 21
Birmingham, AL
Saturn
Thu, Mar 21
Birmingham, AL
Saturn
Fri, Mar 22
Atlanta, GA
Terminal West
Fri, Mar 22
Atlanta, GA
Terminal West
Sat, Mar 23
Asheville, NC
Masonic Temple
Sat, Mar 23
Asheville, NC
Masonic Temple
Sun, Mar 24
Knoxville, TN
Sun, Mar 24
Knoxville, TN
Wed, Mar 27
Richmond, VA
Richmond Music Hall
Wed, Mar 27
Richmond, VA
Richmond Music Hall
Thu, Mar 28
York, PA
Capitol Theatre
Thu, Mar 28
York, PA
Capitol Theatre
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Mountain Man's Nonesuch debut album, Magic Ship—a reflection on the joys, follies, and oddities of existence—is the band's second album. The songs on Magic Ship distill eight years of experience since their 2010 debut album, Made the Harbor, of sights seen, pleasures had, feelings hurt, forgiveness extended. "Mountain Man share that rare, innate gift of almost supernatural harmonizing," says NPR. "Hauntingly beautiful."

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The acclaimed trio Mountain Man's first album in eight years, Magic Ship, will be released on September 21, 2018, via Nonesuch Records (via Bella Union in Europe). The record, their first for Nonesuch, includes eleven original songs written by the trio—Amelia Meath, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Molly Sarlé—as well as interpretations of Ted Lucas' "Baby Where You Are," Michael Hurley's "Blue Mountain," and the traditional hymn "Bright Morning Stars." 

Magic Ship is available to pre-order with instant downloads of the album tracks "Window," "Rang Tang Ring Toon," and "Stella." Additionally, all Nonesuch Store pre-orders include a limited-edition print signed by the band; bundle options include an exclusive tote bag.

Pitchfork said Mountain Man's beloved 2010 debut, Made the Harbor, "feels like a private performance of friends only out to please themselves. But if you promise to sit quietly and listen, you're more than welcome to stay." The trio had formed shortly before its release, during their Vermont college years. "We all have this secret access to each other's feelings, whether or not we're singing. That is what creates the alchemy when we are singing together," says Sarlé.

The three musicians went in different directions after the Made the Harbor tour: Meath moved to Durham, North Carolina and eventually started Sylvan Esso. Sarlé headed for a Zen center in California. Sauser-Monnig first moved to Minnesota, then to a farm in North Carolina. They eventually all ended up in North Carolina, spending time together as old friends.

They reunited as a band last summer at the Eaux Claires music festival, on a tiny, cabin-like stage tucked into a forest, in front of an unusually large audience hanging on every note. Meath says, "When the first Eaux Claires happened, I realized it was the perfect place for Mountain Man to play, if Mountain Man was ever going to play again. Cute boys stood in stinging nettles to hear us. So many people cried. And it felt really good, just like it always did."

Mountain Man reconvened a few months later at Meath's home studio in Durham to begin what would become Magic Ship. Sauser-Monnig explains, "We all got together at Molly's house in the wintertime, on one of the snowy days that rarely happen in North Carolina. We built a fire in the wood stove and shared a handful of songs that felt like they could be right for Mountain Man. It happened really naturally, and all of those songs ended up being on the record."

"It feels amazing when we sing together, and we wanted to see if that was enough to carry a whole record. Could we just sing these songs and record them and make an album? Once we played these songs for each other, we knew the record was going to be great," agrees Sarlé.

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Tour

Sat, Mar 16
Houston, TX
The Heights Theater
Sat, Mar 16
Houston, TX
The Heights Theater
Sun, Mar 17
New Orleans, LA
Preservation Hall
Sun, Mar 17
New Orleans, LA
Preservation Hall
Mon, Mar 18
New Orleans, LA
Preservation Hall
Mon, Mar 18
New Orleans, LA
Preservation Hall
Tue, Mar 19
Jackson, MS
Duling Hall
Tue, Mar 19
Jackson, MS
Duling Hall
Thu, Mar 21
Birmingham, AL
Saturn
Thu, Mar 21
Birmingham, AL
Saturn
Fri, Mar 22
Atlanta, GA
Terminal West
Fri, Mar 22
Atlanta, GA
Terminal West
Sat, Mar 23
Asheville, NC
Masonic Temple
Sat, Mar 23
Asheville, NC
Masonic Temple
Sun, Mar 24
Knoxville, TN
Sun, Mar 24
Knoxville, TN
Wed, Mar 27
Richmond, VA
Richmond Music Hall
Wed, Mar 27
Richmond, VA
Richmond Music Hall
Thu, Mar 28
York, PA
Capitol Theatre
Thu, Mar 28
York, PA
Capitol Theatre
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