If you were at Red Wings in July 2015 or MerleFest in April 2014, you may have caught the melodic stylings of Mandolin Orange. This North Carolina duo just released its third album, “Such Jubliee,” in three years in May. One of the new songs, “Jump Mountain Blues,” was featured on last week’s episode of ABC’s “Nashville.”
Mandolin Orange is playing a rare mid-week show at the historic Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville, Virginia, with Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s Lizzy Ross on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting at 8.
I first heard the sweet strains of Emily Frantz’s fiddle and Andrew Marlin’s guitar while walking past the Americana stage at MerleFest. Even though I was on my way to an interview, I was compelled to stop and listen to their lush harmonies.
But don’t take my word for it. WNYC Soundcheck writes, “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.”
Mandolin Orange has been compared with The Civil Wars. NPR called “This Side of Jordan,” the duo’s sophomore album, “effortless and beautiful,” naming it one of the year’s best folk/Americana releases, while Magnet dubbed it “magnificent,” and American Songwriter said it was “honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.”
The record has earned them performances everywhere from the iconic Newport Folk Festival to Pickathon, as well as tours with Willie Watson, Gregory Alan Isakov and The Wood Brothers, among others.
Now based in Nashville, Ross is a popular staple at the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, says co-founder and director Johnny Buck. I heard Ross play at Rooster Walk 7 and you don’t want to miss this talented young woman, who creates a unique sound I wish we were hearing more of out of Nashville today.
Stephen Markley of the “Chicago Redeye” describes Ross as “folksy, jazzy, bluesy in all the best senses of those words. It’s like country music the way you wish country music would be rather than the redoubt of pop triflngs it is… a voice like cigarettes and the smoothest whiskey you’ve ever tasted.”
IF YOU GO
(w/ Lizzy Ross opening)
Music starts at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
Tickets $12 adv / $15 doors
Season Passes Accepted