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Mandolin Orange slates tour in support of "Blindfaller"

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – Mandolin Orange will launch an extensive fall tour in support of their upcoming release, "Blindfaller," out Sept. 30 via Yep Roc Records.

The new dates will incorporate a full band and extend the duo's ongoing North American tour with stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, Nashville, Chicago and New York.

The upcoming release follows the band's Yep Roc debut, "This Side of Jordan" (2013), and last year's "Such Jubilee" (2015).

The North Carolina 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, N.C.

"We wanted different vibes and different intuitions on these tracks," Marlin said, "and I feel like we really captured that."

The band includes Clint Mullican on bass, Kyle Keegan on drums, Allyn Loveon pedal steel and previous collaborator, Josh Oliver, on guitar, keys and vocals.

"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," Frantz said.

The track list is:
1. Hey Stranger
2. Wildfire
3. Picking Up Pieces
4. Lonesome Whistle
5. Echo
6. Cold Lover's Waltz
7. My Blinded Heart
8. Hard Travelin'
9. Gospel Shoes
10. Take This Heart of Gold

The duo is currently performing dates this summer before the start of their full-band tour. Tour dates are:
Aug. 7-Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival-Keystone, CO
Aug. 18-Millenium Park Summer Music Series-Chicago, IL
Aug. 20-Hoxeyville Music Festival-Wellston, MI
Aug. 27-Moon Tower Music Festival-Lexington, KY
Sept. 4-Strawberry Music Festival-Tuolumne, CA
Sept. 16- Big Top Chautauqua- Bayfield, WI^
Sept. 17-Festival Palomino-Shakopee, MN
Sept. 18-Door Community Auditorium-Fish Creek, WI^

Blindfaller tour dates are:
Sept. 30-San Francisco, CA-The Chapel*
Oct. 1-Los Angeles, CA-Teragram Ballroom*
Oct. 2-San Diego, CA-The Casbah*
Oct. 5-Portland, OR-Wonder Ballroom*
Oct. 6-Seattle, WA-Tractor Tavern#
Oct. 7-Seattle, WA-Tractor Tavern*
Oct. 8-Mt. Vernon, WA-McIntyre Hall*
Oct. 9-Spokane, WA-The Bartlett*
Oct. 11-Boise, ID-Neurolux*
Oct. 12-Salt Lake City, UT-State Room*
Oct. 13-Avon, CO-Vilar Performing Arts Center*
Oct. 14-Denver, CO-Bluebird Theater*
Oct. 15-Denver, CO-Bluebird Theater
Oct. 16-Albuquerque, NM-Low Spirits+
Oct. 19-St. Louis, MO-Old Rock House+
Oct. 20-Nashville, TN-Exit/In+
Oct. 21-Asheville, NC-The Orange Peel+
Oct. 22-Athens, GA-The Foundry+
Oct. 23-Charleston, SC-Pour House+
Oct. 25-Atlanta, GA-Terminal West+
Oct. 26-Chattanooga, TN-Revelry Room+
Oct. 27-Knoxville, TN-The Concourse+
Oct. 28-Charlotte, NC-McGlohon Theater+
Oct. 30-New York, NY-Bowery Ballroom%
Nov. 1-Boston, MA-The Sinclair%
Nov. 3-Washington, DC-The Hamilton%
Nov. 4-Philadelphia, PA-Boot & Saddle%
Nov. 5-Charlottesville, VA-The Southern%
Nov. 6-Nelsonville, OH-Stuart's Opera House%
Nov. 9-Ann Arbor, MI-The Ark%
Nov. 10-Chicago, IL-Old Town School of Folk Music%
Nov. 12-Madison, WI-Fredric March Play Circle Theater @ UW%
Nov. 18-Saxapahaw, NC-Haw River Ballroom
Nov. 19-Raleigh, NC-Kings
Nov. 20-Carrboro, NC-Cat's Cradle - Back Room

^ with Elephant Revival
* with Leif Vollebekk
# with Anna Tivel
+ with Dead Horses
% with My Bubba

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Tides of a Teardrop CD review - Tides of a Teardrop
Mandolin Orange seldom disappoint. The duo's spare, but fulsome songwriting captures a tone of rich tradition coupled with sensibilities of this century. "Tides Of A Teardrop," the latest release from Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, fulfills the promise of their earlier work. The songs and their singers take center stage. The playing is crisp and evocative, but the core of Mandolin Orange's music is revealed in the lyrics. Marlin captures sadness and longing, but drops »»»
Blindfaller CD review - Blindfaller
Mandolin Orange's Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin have steadily traveled the country, building a following and delivering a spare, but true, sound with great melodic appeal. Since Mandolin Orange's debut in 2010, the band has done a lot with their bare arrangements. Marlin carries the vocal load, with admirable support from Frantz from time to time. True to their name, they feature Marlin's mandolin, along with banjo and guitar work from both. "Blindfaller" is a beautiful »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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