http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-heads-to-uk-releases-itunes-session-of-reimagined-originals-covers-2010-07-28July 28, 2010|0 comments
Natalie Merchant's tour resumes in the US next week following a stop in the UK for the Cambridge Folk Festival this weekend. Fans on both sides of the Atlantic can now pick up an iTunes Session from Merchant with reimagined original music and cover songs. The Grand Rapids Press gives 3.5 of 4 stars to a recent show, full of "compelling songs, tight musicianship and Merchant's strong vocals."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist Newsnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-creates-uplifting-show-w-cheerful-vibes-tender-intimate-voice-chicago-tribune-2010-07-23July 23, 2010|1 commentsNatalie Merchant Creates "Uplifting Show" with "Cheerful Vibes" and "Tender, Intimate Voice," Says Chicago Tribune
Natalie Merchant brought her Leave Your Sleep tour to the Chicago Theatre for what the Chicago Tribune calls an "uplifting show," in which Merchant's "multimedia presentation enchanted with childlike wonder and wide-eyed imagination." The Tribune cites her "refreshing enthusiasm and approachable demeanor" and, most important, her "tender, intimate voice."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewsnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchants-leave-your-sleep-is-as-gorgeous-as-it-is-ambitious-says-chicago-sun-times-2010-07-20July 20, 2010|7 comments
Natalie Merchant's summer tour continues this week, as she and her eight-piece band head to Philadelphia, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. Merchant will sign copies of her new album, Leave Your Sleep, at Borders in Chicago on Thursday. The Chicago Sun-Times says the album "is as gorgeous as it is ambitious ... Leave Your Sleep reawakens the soul to the spirit of poetry."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviewsnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-brings-leave-your-sleep-to-new-yorks-town-hall-nprs-etown-2010-07-15July 15, 2010|3 comments
Natalie Merchant continues the first week of her summer tour with two nights at The Town Hall in New York City. The Hartford Courant, reviewing Tuesday's show, says Merchant's "distinct voice remains an instrument of power and beauty." She and her band can be heard performing on the latest episode of NPR's eTown, her first appearance on the show in a decade. The Washington Post's Express Night Out calls Merchant's Nonesuch debut album, Leave Your Sleep, "her most ambitious effort to date."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tournatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-launches-extensive-us-summer-tour-2010-07-12July 12, 2010|3 comments
Natalie Merchant launches an extensive summer tour across the United States, performing songs from Leave Your Sleep and throughout her career. "At the root of her success are two qualities," says The Guardian, "an unwillingness to compromise, and total sincerity. In a world of glib, heavily produced pop stars, Merchant stands out."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tournatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/on-leave-your-sleep-natalie-merchant-creates-ideal-fit-between-poetic-musical-rhythms-wall-street-journal-2010-06-16June 16, 2010|0 commentsOn "Leave Your Sleep," Natalie Merchant Creates "Ideal Fit Between Poetic and Musical Rhythms," Says Wall Street Journal
Natalie Merchant offered an intimate performance at the 2010 Poetry Conference at West Chester University on Saturday. The Wall Street Journal reports that "poets, scholars and other enthusiasts reveling in rhyme, meter and narrative in verse were lined up like smitten rock fans waiting for Natalie Merchant to sign copies of her new, deluxe-edition, double-disc recording, Leave Your Sleep." The songs on album, says the Journal, "reveal an ideal fit between poetic and musical rhythms."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Reviewsnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-previews-leave-your-sleep-tour-at-poetry-conference-dana-gioa-album-unprecedented-2010-06-10June 10, 2010|0 commentsNatalie Merchant Previews "Leave Your Sleep" Tour at Poetry Conference; Poet Dana Gioa Calls Album "Unprecedented"
Natalie Merchant's US summer tour is still a month away, but a select few will enjoy a performance of songs from her recent album, Leave Your Sleep, this weekend, as she performs at the West Chester Poetry Conference. The Philadelphia Inquirer calls the album "an ambitious work that embraces fun, story, and sadness." Conference co-founder Dana Gioa calls it "unprecedented" and tells the Inquirer: "She's the Franz Schubert of folk-rock."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tournatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-is-at-her-most-vital-says-independent-uk-in-4-star-concert-review-2010-06-02June 02, 2010|0 comments
Natalie Merchant brought the UK leg of her tour to a close Sunday night at the Brighton Dome, to which the Independent gives four stars, calling Merchant "a solo artist of rare maturity and depth." Her latest release, Leave Your Sleep, is "a hugely ambitious and beautifully realised double album," reads the review. "Thirty years into her career, this is Merchant at her most vital."Read more|Journal Topics:natalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/natalie-merchant-tonight-show-performance-airs-again-concludes-uk-ireland-tour-2010-06-01June 01, 2010|0 comments
Natalie Merchant's tour of the UK and Ireland comes to a close at The Helix in Dublin tonight; her US summer tour gets under way next month at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey. In the mean time, fans in the US can catch an encore presentation of her performance of "Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience," off Leave Your Sleep, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Televisionnatalie merchanthttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/guardian-5-stars-for-natalie-merchant-on-tour-in-uk-merchant-may-be-in-her-prime-2010-05-26May 26, 2010|3 comments
Natalie Merchant has kicked off her UK tour and appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. The Times of London says: "Merchant’s voice retained a pure, spine-tingling quality that turned the lullabies, fairytales and nonsense rhymes into wonderfully evocative modern folk songs." The Guardian gives a perfect five stars to her show at The Sage Gateshead: "This is an evening of the magical power of words and music ... Merchant may be in her prime."