This performance has been rescheduled to October 27, 2022.
By the time 2019 came to its fitful end, Andrew Marlin knew he was tired of touring. He was grateful, of course, for the ascendancy of Mandolin Orange, the duo he’d co-founded in North Carolina with fiddler Emily Frantz exactly a decade earlier. With time, they had become new flagbearers of the contemporary folk world, sweetly singing soft songs about the hardest parts of our lives, both as people and as a people. Their rise – particularly crowds that grew first to fill small dives, then the Ryman, then amphitheaters the size of Red Rocks – humbled Emily and Andrew, who became parents to Ruby late in 2018. They’d made a life of this.
Still, every night, Andrew was paid to relive a lifetime of grievances and griefs onstage. After 2019’s Tides of a Teardrop, a tender accounting of his mother’s early death, the process became evermore arduous, even exhausting. What’s more, those tunes – the band’s entire catalogue, really – conflicted with the name Mandolin Orange, an early-20s holdover that never quite agreed with the music they made. Nightly soundchecks provided the temporary relief as the band worked through a batch of guarded but hopeful songs written after Ruby’s birth. They offered a new way to think about an established act.
Those tunes are now Watchhouse, which would have been Mandolin Orange’s sixth album but is instead their first under this new name, a moniker inspired by Marlin’s place of childhood solace. The name, like the new record itself, represents their reinvention as a band at the regenerative edges of subtly experimental folk-rock. Challenging as they are charming, and an inspired search for personal and political goodness, these nine songs offer welcome lessons about what any of us might become when the night begins to break.
Lawn tickets include general admission lawn seating. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Genevieve's tickets get you exclusive entry to the air-conditioned Genevieve’s donor lounge, its balcony overlooking the Reedy River and the TD Stage, a cash bar, food for purchase, and private restrooms.
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