Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Winter's Bone" Musicians Announce US Tour




From the press release:

Light In The Attic Records is proud to announce that this summer musicians from the Oscar nominated film Winter’s Bone and its soundtrack will be taking to the road, performing their unique take on the traditional music of the Missouri Ozarks to audiences across the US and Canada.

This intimate evening of music will feature Marideth Sisco, Blackberry Winter, Bo Brown, Van Colbert, Dennis Crider, Tedi May, and Linda Stoffel - the original Ozarks musicians from the Winter’s Bone film, playing their authentic blend of traditional Americana in what will be their first ever North American tour. Bear witness to a legacy that spans generations in the making, performed by the heirs of the Great American Songbook.

You can link to my interview with Ms. Sisco, in which we discuss her experiences working on the Winter's Bone soundtrack and her knowledge on the music of the Ozarks here.

Like the Oscar-nominated film, the soundtrack has garnered much critical acclaim:

“A slice of Americana free of any artificial toppings.” - The Los Angeles Times

“A starker and earthier companion to O Brother Where Art Thou? The brilliant album delivers an outsider’s glimpse into the Ozarks, and offers a wide variety of deeply heartfelt traditional music from this rich, rural region.” - No Depression

“4 Stars… Warm, resonating music from the Missouri Ozarks.” - MOJO

“A soundtrack of authentic Ozarks storytelling songs. Star vocalist Marideth Sisco’s well-worn voice is fabulous.” - Record Collector

Among the highlights of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack are the old time sounds of the Ozarks translated into the 21st century by stellar vocalist Marideth Sisco. Her Ronnie Gilbert (of the Weavers) inspired vocals are an absolute joy – and she’s an expert storyteller of the Ozarks region. Her spoken word podcast, These Ozarks Hills, can be found online at KSMU.org and on iTunes.

Although the musicians joining Ms. Sisco are not nationally known (yet), this soundtrack and tour should draw attention to these regional heroes. Dennis Crider; an expert Western Swing guitar picker; Missouri bluegrass maverick Bo Brown; claw hammer banjo picker Van Colbert; upright bass maven Tedi May and Appalachian song stylist Linda Stoffel accompany Sisco in a well-crafted show that will delight readers of No Depression and classic Americana music.

The film, Winter’s Bone, was based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence (The Burning Plain) in an Oscar nominated performance that’s been called “mesmerizing” (Entertainment Weekly). Co-starring John Hawkes (HBO’s Deadwood), who was nominated for an Oscar for his powerful performance, the tension-filled drama follows a teenage girl (Lawrence) who sets off on a danger-filled journey through rural Missouri to find her missing father. Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly must track him down and find the dangerous truth about her father - without getting herself killed - in this taut, pulse-pounding thriller. Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Tour Dates:
 
5/20 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
5/21 Springfield, MO – Randy Bacon Gallery
5/30 Denver, CO – Hi Dive
5/31 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
6/2 Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
6/3 Vancouver, BC – Waldorf Cabaret
6/4 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre
6/6 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
6/7 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever
6/8 Phoenix, AZ – Mesa Arts Center / Piper Theatre
6/10 Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church
6/11 Dallas, TX – The Loft
6/25 Little Rock, AR – Juanita's Cantina Ballroom
6/26 Nashville, TN – The End
6/27 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
6/28 Chapel Hill, NC – Cat's Cradle
6/29 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
6/30 Philadelphia, PA – World CafĂ© Live
7/1 Boston, MA – T.T. The Bear’s
7/2 New York, NY – Highline
7/3 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
7/5 Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
7/6 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
7/7 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center

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