Mandolin Orange

Dance Floor Show - Seating Around Perimeter

Mandolin Orange

Kate Rhudy

Sat · October 7, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Gateway City Arts

$20/Adv, $25/Door

This event is all ages

Mandolin Orange
Mandolin Orange
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.

Due Sept. 30 on Yep Roc Records, “Blindfaller” builds on the acclaim of Mandolin Orange’s breakthrough debut on the label, 2013’s “This Side of Jordan,” and its follow-up, last year’s “Such Jubilee.”Since then they’ve steadily picked up speed and fans they’ve earned from long stretches on the road, including appearances at Newport Folk Festival, Austin City Limits Fest, and Telluride Bluegrass. It’s been an auspicious journey for a pair who casually met at a bluegrass jam session in 2009.

“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, N.C., 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 passage of time, and the regret that often accompanies it, courses through these songs. “When did all the good times turn to hard lines on my face/ And lead me so far from my place right by your side?” Marlin ruminates on “My Blinded Heart.”

In fact, there’s heartache by the numbers on “Blindfaller.” If you didn’t know better, you’d swear “Picking Up Pieces” is a tearjerker George Jones or Willie Nelson sang back in the early 1970s. It’s a Mandolin Orange original, of course, and also a poignant reminder of the economy and grace with which Marlin imbues his songs – say what’s important and scrap the rest.
Kate Rhudy
Kate Rhudy
Rock N’ Roll Ain’t For Me, this year’s debut from Raleigh singer-songwriter Kate Rhudy, reinterprets well-worn folk with a new vibrancy.  “I’ve always written letters to people,” Kate Rhudy says, “and then never sent them.” Rock N’ Roll Ain’t For Me is the collection of those letters, journal entries— they’re stories shared with the honesty and authority. Rhudy grew up playing both classical violin and fiddlers conventions but Rock N’ Roll Ain’t For Me find Rhudy years later as a writer​​. Produced by Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin, the album sounds warm with a full band accompanying Rhudy even in its loneliest moments. So as you listen to her sing on “Valentine,” “Someone once broke my heart by handing me a toothbrush,” you can’t help but feel close to Kate Rhudy, you can’t help but feel that you’ve just made a friend.
Venue Information:
Gateway City Arts
92-114 Race St.
Holyoke, MA, 01040
http://www.gatewaycityarts.com/