Since mid-March of this year, we’ve all slowed down. The pandemic has demanded that we abandon our usual blinding pace of life and shelter in place. We’ve all had more time than we ever expected to examine our lives during these days of pause and seclusion. Most of my friends have been excavating forgotten corners of their homes and offices and sharing their discoveries. In that spirit, I sat down today and listened to an album of mine, Butterfly for the first time since completing it three years ago. Two time worn (but painfully true) phrases are ringing in my ears now: “lost in the din” and “fallen between the cracks”. Butterfly was released, to very little fanfare, in late June of 2017 as part of a ten-solo album retrospective box set. I had a funny notion that its inclusion would create incentive for people to invest in the archaic format of a box of compact discs. I also created a bonus disc of curated obscure tracks and called it Rarities. After weeks of combing my archive, I put together a collection including: collaborations with David Byrne, Billy Bragg, Amy Helm, The Chieftains and Cowboy Junkies, live performances, studio outtakes, and unreleased covers by songwriters, Katell Keineg, Randy Newman, Ray Davies, Buddy Holly, and Joel Zoss. We held back the digital release of both these discs for a year to ensure that the box was unique. What a brilliant scheme!
Natalie will be this year’s recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award, established by The ASCAP Foundation to celebrate ASCAP members whose contributions extend beyond music to significant charitable and humanitarian efforts. Previous members who have received the award include Tony Bennett, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Billy Joel, Richard Marx, John Mellencamp, Jason Mraz and Ne-Yo. The ceremony and performance will take place at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.
Last night Natalie and Erik gave a special performance of “These Are Days” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and were joined by The Roots! They followed that with an encore acoustic performance of “Motherland.”
Natalie spoke to John Wilson of BBC Radio 4 for the new podcast These Three.
In each episode John talks to an artist, musician, writer, director, actor, photographer and other creative types about their artistic lives by focussing on three key works: a piece of work they’ve made that they’re especially proud of, one by someone else they wish they had made, and one they’re working on now.
Natalie discusses her song ‘Lulu’, ‘Ode To Billie Jo by Bobbie Gentry’, and a new song that’s a work in progress.
Natalie has announced a summer tour of intimate venues across the Northeast United States. With few exceptions, these are towns where she’s never performed.
“I’ve reached a point in my career of wanting unique experiences on tour, of not settling for the predictable routing and venues. Last July, Erik and I had a very pleasant experience touring the United Kingdom as an acoustic duo. This Summer, we’ve decided to do a tour of New England following the same format as last year, steering clear of big cities and playing unique and intimate venues in small, picturesque towns. We’re looking forward to seeing the rocky coast of Maine, the green rolling hills of Vermont, the historic village squares and white steepled churches of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. I imagine we will meet many locals and visitors seeking the same sort of experience that we are and I expect the audiences and the settings will inspire us.” – Natalie
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 12 at 10am ET.
Cyndi Lauper has announced the lineup for her 8th annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays benefit concert. The event will take place December 8th at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. This year’s concert will also celebrate the tenth anniversary of the True Colors Fund, which was co-founded by Lauper.
Natalie will make an appearance, as will a host of guests including Amanda Palmer, Angie Stone, A$AP Rocky, Bebe Rexha, Bishop Briggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Dr. Elmo, Gina Yashere, Regina Spektor, Robert Glasper, Sara Ramirez, Shea Diamond, and The Knocks. The evening will be hosted by Carson Kressley.
“LGBTQ youth are strong, brave, and resilient,” said Lauper. “At Home for the Holidays, we’ll raise our voices in solidarity with LGBTQ young people – and raise money to support the True Colors Fund’s work to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth. I’m so grateful to the artists for donating their time and talent to bring attention to this important cause.”
100% of the net proceeds from the concert will support the True Colors Fund’s programs to prevent and end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. In America, up to 40% of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ and, according to a recent study from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, LGBTQ young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth.
For more info + tickets visit the True Colors Fund site HERE.
Following a lovely series of concerts last August in Ireland, Natalie will once again be making a guest appearance with her friends in Lúnasa for a limited run of special shows. This time in the northeast United States.
Tickets for the dates below are on-sale now.
March 15 // Troy, NY // Troy Savings Bank Music Hall // Tix
March 16 // Tarrytown, NY // Tarrytown Music Hall // Sold Out ◊