MANDOLIN ORANGE

STARTING DATEJuly 6, 2017

TIME7:30pm -

LOCATIONRiverwalk Center

PHONE970-453-9142

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Event Description


$28 advance; $32 day of show

Doors open at 7pm
Opening act to be announced.

“Mandolin Orange has been quietly gathering local and faraway fans since its debut album was released back in 2010. The North Carolina duo’s music — laced with bluegrass, country and folk — is often wistful and contemplative without being somber, and always firmly grounded in the South.” – WNYC Soundcheck

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Lean in to Mandolin Orange’s new album, Blindfaller, and it’s bound to happen. You’ll suddenly pick up on the power and devastation lurking in its quietude, the doom hiding beneath its unvarnished beauty. You’ll hear the way it magnifies the intimacy at the heart of the North Carolina duo’s music, as if they created their own musical language as they recorded it.

Blindfaller builds on the acclaim of Mandolin Orange’s breakthrough debut album, 2013’s This Side of Jordan, and its follow-up, Such Jubilee. Since then, they’ve steadily picked up speed and fans earned from long stretches on the road, including appearances at Newport Folk Festival, Austin City Limits, and Telluride Bluegrass. It’s been an auspicious journey for a pair who casually met at a bluegrass jam session in 2009.

While staying true to their Americana sound, their newest album tackles modern day themes seen in our daily headlines. The duo—comprised of Emily Frantz (fiddle/vocals) and Andrew Marlin (mandolin/vocals) — recorded the album in a one week break from touring at Rubber Room Studio in Chapel Hill, NC.

“We wanted different vibes and different intuitions on these tracks,” Marlin says, “and I feel like we really captured that.” To bolster their message and sound on Blindfaller, the duo added a full band, which features Clint Mullican on bass, Kyle Keegan on drums, Allyn Love on pedal steel, and previous collaborator, Josh Oliver, on guitar, keys, and vocals. Speaking to their recording process Frantz notes, “We talked about the feel of each song and pointed out loosely who was going to be taking solos, but it was mostly a lot of fresh takes, a lot of eye contact and a lot of nods and weird winks.”

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