Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Anais Mitchell bio

Widely known as “the Queen of Modern Folk Music”, Anaïs Mitchell is first and
foremost a storyteller. A Vermont-based singer-songwriter, Mitchell’s musical style,
sound, and performance have led her to be compared to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen,
and Gillian Welch. Mitchell was first signed by Ani Difranco to Righteous Babe
Records, where she recorded for several years before starting her own Wilderland
label in 2012. Among Mitchell’s recorded works are five full-length albums, including 2010′s sensationally reviewed “Hadestown” and 2012′s “Young Man in America,” which was described by critics as "genre-defining" and her "second consecutive masterpiece,”
and for which she received a BBC Radio Two Folk Award nomination for “Best Original Song.”

In addition to headlining worldwide, Mitchell has supported tours for Ani Difranco, The Low Anthem, Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter and the Punch Brothers, as well as two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall with the band Bon Iver. Her 2013 release,
Child Ballads, won a 2014 BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Song, as well as finding itself on many ‘best of’ lists in international publications. In fall 2014, Mitchell releases ‘xoa’; a fifteen track solo collection including re-recorded songs spanning her ten year career, as well as a few completely new and previously unrecorded songs.
If there’s a common thread in Mitchell’s work–from her earliest acoustic records, to
the Hadestown opera, to this new chapter – it’s that she’s as interested in the world
around her as the one inside her. She has a way of tackling big themes with the same
emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives. “That’s why,” as one
journalist put it, “even in her most intimate moments, she never sounds like a
confessional songwriter.”

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