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Mandolin Orange announces 2017 spring tour in support of ‘Blindfaller’

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Critically Acclaimed Duo To Play Merlefest, Red Rocks, Bonnaroo, Forecastle, Red Wing Roots, Pickathon

Hailed by No Depression as “one of the most talented acts making music today,” North Carolina-based duo Mandolin Orange — Emily Frantz (fiddle/vocals) and Andrew Marlin (mandolin/vocals) —  have announced spring tour dates in support of their critically acclaimed album, “Blindfaller,” according to a press release. The tour includes notable appearances at Merlefest, Red Rocks, Bonnaroo, Forecastle, Red Wing Roots and Pickathon.

The duo’s “mesmerizing” (Wild Honey Pie) Blindfaller fall tour drew rave reviews and included 16 sold-out shows in Chicago, Denver, Boston, Nashville, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Debuting at No. 3 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart and No. 7 on Heatseekers, songs from Blindfaller have garnered over 6 million album streams, with 3.5 million streams on Spotify for the single “Wildfire” and 1.2 million for “Hey Stranger.”
No Depression raves, “The voices of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz were seemingly destined to make music and beautiful sounds together in harmony…the music they make is nothing short of perfection.” Their single, “Hard Travelin’,” previously premiered with PopMatters who called the track, “a delightful mix of Americana, bluegrass and country.
Founded in 2009, Mandolin Orange’s 2013 release “This Side of Jordan” garnered critical acclaim with NPR calling the album “effortless and beautiful.” Their 2015 follow-up, Such Jubilee, garnered further press praise with Rolling Stone including the album in “30 Great Country Albums of 2015 You Probably Didn’t Hear” and NPR’s Folk Alley’s “Best of 2015 Listener’s Poll.” The record was No. 1 on Magnet’s “Top 10 Indie Roots Albums of 2015” and Paste called it “an album full of blissful moments.”
March 2 – Legends – Boone, NC
March 3 – Warrenton Armory – Warrenton, NC
March 17-18 – Anastasia Music Festival – St. Augustine, FL
March 23 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
March 24 – Weinberg Center for the Arts – Frederick, MD
March 25 – Broadway – Richmond, VA
March 26 – Mountain Stage Radio Show – Charleston, WV
March 30 – Don Quixote’s International Music Hall – Santa Cruz, CA
March 31 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
April 1-2 – WinterWonderGrass Festival – Squaw Valley, CA
April 4 – O.P. Rockwell – Park City, UT
April 5 – Covellite Theatre – Butte, MT
April 6 – Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT
April 7 – Eagles Ballroom – Bozeman, MT
April 8 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
April 19 – Dada – Dallas, TX
April 20 – Old Settlers Music Festival – Driftwood, TX
April 22 – Rockefellers – Houston, TX
April 23 – Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA
April 25 – Saturn – Birmingham, AL
April 26 – City Winery – Atlanta, GA
April 27 – MerleFest – Wilkesboro, NC
April 28 – Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mt., VA
April 29 – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – Wilmington, NC^
May 21 – Red Rocks – Morrison, CO+
June 11 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
July 15 – Forecastle – Louisville, KY
August 3-6 – Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR
August 26 – Fayetteville Roots Festival – Fayetteville, AR
^co-bill with Chatham County Line
+w/Elephant Revival, The Oh Hellos

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