Cat's Cradle

Haw River Ballroom


Aug
25 Tue
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John Moreland, with S.G. Goodman

Saxapahaw, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $15.00
DAY OF: $18.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 18, 2020 9:35 AM to August 25, 2020 12:00 AM
DAY OF Public Onsale: August 25, 2020 12:00 AM to August 25, 2020 10:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Rescheduled from Tuesday, March 24, 2020

This is a seated show.

Over the last half a dozen years or so, John Moreland's honesty has stunned us--and stung. As he put hurts we didn't even realize we had or shared into his songs, we sang along. And we felt better. But there has always been far more to Moreland than sad songs. Today, his earthbound poetry remains potent, but in addition to his world-weary candor, Moreland's music smolders with gentle wisdom, flashes of wit and joy, and compassion. And once again, as we listen, we feel better.

"I can't dress myself up and be some folk singer character that I'm not really," Moreland says. "I figured, I can't dress up these songs and try to sell them that way. All I can do is be me."

Out February 2020, his latest album LP5 proves John Moreland has gotten really good at being John Moreland--thank God. A masterful display of songwriting by one of today's best young practitioners of the art form, LP5 is Moreland's finest record to date. The album's experimentations with instrumentation and sounds capture an artist whose confidence has grown, all without abandoning the hardy roots rock bed and the lyrics-first approach Moreland's work demands. "I feel like just this year, in the past few months, I've reached a point where I feel like I know what I'm doing here now," he says. "And I feel comfortable with it."

There was a time when Moreland thought LP5 may not happen. Wary of expectations and his cemented status as a writer's writer and critical darling, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Moreland found writing difficult at best--and completely undesirable at worst. "I'm hesitant to talk about it because I know people don't want to hear some dude complaining that his dream of being a successful musician came true, but there are things about it that you don't expect that can mess you up," Moreland says. "One of the results of that was I really didn't want to write songs for a couple of years." He pauses and sighs. "One of the ways I got back into liking music again was to let go of the idea that every time I'd go mess around with an instrument, I'd have to be writing a really good song. I just gave myself the freedom to go into my little music room every day and mess around with different instruments and different sounds. It doesn't have to be anything. It doesn't have to result in anything."

Moreland points to that liberating rediscovery as a major influence on the sonic choices that shape LP5. There is no grand or alarming stylistic departure here--just different textures and background layers that add muscly new dimensions to Moreland's heretofore instrumentally sparse recordings. The record also marks Moreland's first time working with a producer. He chose Matt Pence. "I wouldn't say that he pushed me into trying anything that I didn't already want to do, but I think I came in with a lot of ideas that I found interesting but didn't know how to execute. Matt was great at expanding on those things," Moreland says.

For Moreland, falling back in love with music also coincided with an even more personal change. "This past year, I've been getting into mindfulness and being kinder to myself," he says. "I was really on that wave when I started writing these songs. I guess it shows."

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Oct
2 Fri
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Waxahatchee, with Ohmme

Saxapahaw, NC
United States
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
ADVANCED: $18.00
DAY OF: $20.00

TICKET SALE DATES
DAY OF Public Onsale: October 2, 2020 12:00 AM to October 2, 2020 6:00 PM
ADVANCED Public Onsale: March 19, 2020 3:00 PM to October 2, 2020 12:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
On September 7, Katie Crutchfield's ever-shifting musical project Waxahatchee returns with the Great Thunder EP. Featuring a collection of songs written with now-dormant experimental recording group Great Thunder while Crutchfield was also writing the Waxahatchee albums Cerulean Salt and Ivy Tripp, the original recordings have mostly faded into obscurity. Unearthing and reimagining them with producer Brad Cook at Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Wisconsin was a cathartic experience, she says.

On the heels of last year's critically acclaimed Out in the Storm, Crutchfield found herself looking to take a sharp turn away from the more rock-oriented influences of her recent records towards her more folk and country roots. "I would say that it is a complete 180 from the last record: super stripped-down, quiet, and with me performing solo, it's a throwback to how I started," writes Crutchfield. "Overall, the EP is a warm, kind of vibey recording."

Some of the songs on Great Thunder, like "Chapel of Pines" and "Singer's No Star," stayed the same and will be recognizable to those intensely familiar with Crutchfield's catalog to date, while closer "Takes So Much" was built back up on piano from the bones of the original version, surprising even the songwriter: "Until then, I didn't realize how beautiful this song was." As Crutchfield entered April Base to record, she became ill but opted to forge on, beautifully stretching her voice to its emotional limits.

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Haw River Ballroom

1711 Saxapahaw-bethlehem Church Rd
Saxapahaw, NC
United States