Beth Orton has just announced an anticipated series of North American live dates. The revered British singer-songwriter will be performing in support of her critically heralded new album entitled Sugaring Season, which Paste Magazine described as “blessed with great songs, wonderful arrangements and vocal performances that seriously raise the bar... destined to become a classic.” Beth will be joined on all dates by bass player Sebastian Steinberg, and in San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles by drummer Steve Nistor. Special guest musicians at other shows to be announced soon.
Her first record in six years, Sugaring Season was recorded in Portland, Oregon with renowned producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists) and backed by an all star band of new and old friends: keyboardist Rob Burger, bassist Sebastian Steinberg, and legendary jazz drummer Brian Blade, along with guitarists Marc Ribot and Ted Barnes and folksinger Sam Amidon.
Orton is a BRIT Award-winner and two-time Mercury Prize nominee who has collaborated with Bert Jansch, Emmylou Harris, Beck, Jim O'Rourke, Terry Callier, and Ryan Adams among others. Her masterful songwriting and emotionally evocative vocal style - infusing intimate folk reminiscent of Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell with lilting and subtly atmospheric pop flourishes -- has continuously evolved, yet always retained an intriguing mix of fragility and transcendence which never fails to move and inspire fans around the world.
Critical Praise For Sugaring Season:
“Orton remains a luminous presence among often monotone peers.” - Uncut
“Sugaring Season is sophisticated, mature, and rife with quiet passion. Its songs are informed by the struggles inherent in everyday life, but also account for dreams, small triumphs, and the redemptive power of love. It is a most welcome return from exile.” - All Music Guide
“A fresh, autumnal album that's unashamedly mature yet impressively free.” - The Guardian
“Orton has emerged with a fresh approach, and a batch of songs both intricately gorgeous and, more importantly, a hearty distance from familiar.” - American Songwriter
Beth Orton Live Dates:
Mon 05 27 13 Denver CO Bluebird Theater
Thu 05 30 13 Seattle WA Neptune
Fri 05 31 13 Portland OR Aladdin
Sat 06 01 13 Eugene OR Wow Hall
Tue 06 04 13 Petaluma CA Mystic Theatre
Wed 06 05 13 Sacramento CA Harlow's Night Club
Sat 06 08 13 Mill Valley CA Sweetwater Music Hall
Mon 06 10 13 San Francisco CA The Chapel
Tue 06 11 13 Santa Cruz CA Rio Theatre
Thu 06 13 13 Los Angeles CA Troubadour
Fri 06 14 13 Pioneertown CA Pappy and Harriets
Sat 06 15 13 San Diego CA The Irenic