“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.”
8:00 PM—The Oxford American is excited to welcome Mandolin Orange to Little Rock! This is the second show in their 2018-19 Americana Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsor Stella Boyle Smith Trust.
Additional season partners include Chris & Jo Harkins, J. Mark & Christy Davis, UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication, EVO Business Environments, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Stacy Hamilton of Pulaski Heights Realty, Margaret Ferguson Pope, Arkansas Arts Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Capital Hotel, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Rosen Music Company, and Steinway Piano Gallery of Little Rock.
Twelve-show packages for new subscribers will go on sale to the general public on May 7 via Metrotix.com (or by calling 800-293-5949), followed by four-show packages on May 10. Single tickets for individual shows will be available beginning May 28. Tickets are $30 (General Admission), $36 (Reserved), and $38 (Premium Reserved). Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart). Full season ticket pricing and options are also available in a consolidated format, here.
Lean in to Mandolin Orange’s recent 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.
Building on the acclaim of Mandolin Orange’s 2013 breakthrough debut on Yep Roc Records This Side of Jordan and its follow-up, last year’s Such Jubilee, their new album Blindfaller is already following suit. Upon its September 30 release, the album charted on Billboard’s Bluegrass (#3) and Folk/Americana (#16), made Rolling Stone’s “40 Best Country Albums of 2016” and was featured on NPR’s Heavy Rotation, among others.
“When we finished Such Jubilee, I started writing these songs with a different goal in mind. I thought about how I would write songs for somebody else to record,” Marlin explains. “I ended up with a bunch of songs like that, but we chose ones that I still felt personally connected to.”
Holed up at the Rubber Room studio in Chapel Hill, NC—with a full band this time around—they laid down the tracks in a week between touring. They’ve always been keen on the notion that drawn-out recording sessions don’t necessarily yield better results. A good song, and just one good take, will always shine through any studio sorcery.
The album title is meant to evoke a sense of wonder, of contemplation. A “faller” is someone who fells trees, and in this case that person is blind to his/her own actions and those of the world. The spectral cover photo, by Scott McCormick, is open to interpretation, too: Either those trees are engulfed in flames or sunlight is pouring through them. It’s up to you.
“We wanted different vibes and different intuitions on these tracks,” Marlin says, “and I feel like we really captured that.”