Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Album Stream: Anaïs Mitchell - Young Man in America


Anaïs Mitchell’s unique musical style has produced memorable folk albums for the past decade, exploring stories that range from simple subjects all the way to 2010’s folk-opera Hadestown—a variation of a classic Greek myth. With her new album,Young Man in America, Mitchell continues to seek out richly-detailed stories, but has chosen to examine multiple angles in an epic tale throughout the different stages of the country.
“I’ve always been interested in songwriting as a storytelling device,” Mitchell explained about the album. “There’s a lot of characters [on Young Man] that speak on this. There’s a lot of stories, but it’s not a concept record. It’s more of a collection of short stories that belong in the same book.”
Mitchell didn’t have a grand plan heading into the album, and she’s adamant that she didn’t choose the stories, but the stories chose her. Lyrics and characters would just appear in mid-air due to emotions she felt herself, which she channeled into telling with as much vivid detail as possible.
Tour Dates
February
22 – Newmarket, N.H. @ Stone Church Music Club
22 – Boston, Mass. @ Club Passim
24 – Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground
25 – Peace Dale, R.I. @ Unitarian Universalist Church
27 – Northhampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse
28 – New York, N.Y. @ Joe’s Pub
29 – Annapolis, Md. @ Ram’s Head
March
1 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Tin Angel
2 – Vienna, Va. @ Jammin’ Java
3 – Charlottesville, Va. @ The Southern
4 – Charleston, Va. @ Mountain Stage
6 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Evening Muse
7 – Asheville, N.C. @ Grey Eagle
8 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Eddie’s Attic
9 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Square Room
10 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement
28 – Doug Fir** – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir †
29 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Tractor †
April
4 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Freight & Salvage
6 – San Diego, Calif. @ USCD at the Loft
7 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Edye Theater
12 – Harrisonburg, Calif. @ Eastern Mennonite University
13 – Staunton, Va. @ Mockingbird
14 – Lewisburg, W. Va. @ Carnegie Hall
19 – Ann Arbor, Mich. @ The Ark
20 – Evanston, Ill. @ Space
22 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ 7th Street
-† = performing Hadestown


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