Sharon Van Etten East Coast
The album was recorded at Language of Stone co-owner Greg Weeks' Hexham Head studios in Philadelphia with Weeks producing and is being released on Language of Stone. I'm hoping you'll consider advancing her show with a feature, CD review or advance blurb.
Choosing to keep the accompaniment to a minimum, the songs are simple and understated, a wonderfully unique addition to the canon of folk love songs.
Sharon Van Etten is Jersey-born, Tennessee-raised, and currently resides in Brooklyn. She grew up playing anything put in front of her: piano, violin, clairinet, and later, joined every choir she could. After being in every musical she auditioned for as a teenager, she decided to start writing her own songs, and began performing live upon moving back to the east coast. There, she started finding her own voice and began her grass-roots style music.
When Sharon began recording she preferred using her first takes on her very lo-fi setup, creating a beautifully private aesthetic that has been described as reading over someone's shoulder as they write in their journal. "It is important to me to keep everything personal," says Sharon, "I would like people to know I am singing to them and for them. that I know how they feel." Crafting hand-made EP's for her first shows (fashioned from hand cut stencils, recycled paper bags from her liquor store job, and paint) Sharon made it a point to always have a new design and a new set of songs. She also released one much sought after lathe-cut EP as an extremely limited edition of 100 through Abaton Book Company. Soon, she had more than enough to a full length release filled with beautiful, heartbreakingly understated folk.
9.04.09 - Joe's Pub (w/ Meg Baird) NY, NY
9.05.09 - Garfield Artworks [w/ Julie Sokolow (Western Vinyl) and Hallie Pritts (of Boca Chica)]Pittsburgh, PA
9.10.09 - Empty Bottle / Adventures in Modern Music (w/ Lucky Dragons,Hanne Hukkelberg,
Andy Moor & DJ Rupture), Chicago, IL
9.11.09 - Courtyard Cafe @ University of IL (w/ Speck Mountain)Urbana, IL
All of the dates with asterisks are with both Great Lakes Swimmers, and The Wooden Birds...
9.24.09 -* Higher Ground Burlington, VT
9.25.09 * The Middle East Cafe Cambridge, MA
9.27.09 * The Bowery Ballroom NY, NY
tba brooklyn, ny
9.29.09 * Johnny Brendas Philadelphia, PA
10.01.09 * The Black Cat Washington, DC
10.02.09 * The ArtsCenter Carrboro, NC
10.03.09 * The Southern Charlottesville, VA
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