Natalie recorded a track for Hopes & Dreams: The Lullaby Project.
Inspired by Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project, the album is a collection of songs that mothers and families from across New York City have written for their children, performed by a range of artists including Rhiannon Giddens, Rosanne Cash, Angelique Kidjo, Fiona Apple, and others.
A summer tour of the UK has just been announced. It features towns and cities chosen by Natalie herself and not usually included on her tours.
“I have always enjoyed performing in the UK but have rarely played outside of the major cities. There’s so much of Britain I’ve never seen; I expect this summer’s tour will satisfy my desire to explore those historic and scenic regions while meeting up with my fans who live there.” – Natalie
Tickets go on-sale this Thursday, March 29 at 10am. Visit the tour page for more information.
Natalie will be performing live at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA on September 22nd. It will be an intimate, acoustic concert in their 1910 barn. Natalie will be accompanied by her guitar player Erik Della Penna.
Proceeds from the concert will go to support the education program at Hancock Shaker Village.
Natalie will be making a special guest appearance with traditional Irish band Lúnasa at the following New York shows this month:
March 13 @ City Winery in NYC (Early Show) – SOLD OUT March 13 @ City Winery in NYC (Late Show) – Tickets March 15 @ The Egg in Albany – Tickets
Lúnasa is currently on tour celebrating the band’s 20th Anniversary. Their new album Cas is available now via the band’s online store. Natalie makes an appearance on the track “The Bonny Light Horseman.”
Natalie and Lúnasa first collaborated on her 2010 release Leave Your Sleep.
On March 23rd, Blue Engine Records will release United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas. Recorded live between 2003 and 2007, the album features a diverse group of artists joining Wynton Marsalis and his band to perform jazz and blues-infected versions of their repertoire.
Natalie contributed a recording of her song “The Worst Thing” – recorded live with Wynton and the Septet at a 2006 gala. The album will be available in digital/CD/LP formats and can be preordered HERE. 100% of the proceeds go to help support Jazz at Lincoln Center’s music education initiatives.
United We Swing Tracklisting
1. The Last Time feat. Blind Boys of Alabama
2. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry feat. Bob Dylan
3. I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town feat. Ray Charles
4. I’m Not Rough feat. Eric Clapton
5. Creole Love Call feat. Audra McDonald
6. Milk Cow Blues feat. Willie Nelson
7. I’m Gonna Find Another You feat. John Mayer
8. My Baby Don’t Tolerate feat. Lyle Lovett
9. The Worst Thing feat. Natalie Merchant
10. Please Baby Don’t feat. John Legend
11. Mean Old Man feat. James Taylor
12. Are You Gonna Go My Way feat. Lenny Kravitz
13. Fool’s Paradise feat. Jimmy Buffett
14. Empty Bed Blues feat. Carrie Smith
15. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free feat. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
Between now and Dec 15th we’re offering 20% off ALL items in the Natalie Merchant online store. Enter the voucher code “WINTERDEAL” at checkout to receive the discount.
And may we humbly suggest for your holiday shopping: The Natalie Merchant Collection – the 10 disc, career-spanning box set compiled by Natalie herself, and released this past year. The package includes a 100-page lyric book and pictorial history.
MOJO called it “Magnificent… A definitive and absorbing celebration of an artist with a singular voice and vision.”
Natalie attended the premiere of “Wonder” in Los Angeles earlier this week on November 14th. The film is based on R.J. Palacio’s young adult novel of the same name – which was inspired by Natalie’s song.
“What a beautiful, moving adaptation of the book. Please take every child you know to see this film.” – Natalie
The collection comes in advance of the premiere of the new film Wonder – which was inspired by Natalie’s song of the same name. Based on the 2012 worldwide best-selling young adult novel Wonder by RJ Palacio, the film is in US theaters starting on Nov 17th and stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, and Mandy Patinkin.
The new collection opens with the original studio recording of “Wonder” from Tigerlily and closes with the 20th anniversary recording of the song from Natalie’s Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings. In between are other essential Natalie Merchant tracks from across her 20+ year solo career.
For those of you in the Hudson Valley this weekend…
Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, NY will be hosting an in-store event with Natalie tomorrow night at 8pm. Natalie will be in conversation with author Elizabeth Lesser (cofounder of the Omega Institute), with an audience Q&A to follow. Natalie will also be signing copies of her new box set – which will be available for purchase at Oblong.
The event is free and open to the public on a first-come / first-serve basis. Doors open at 7:30pm. More info here.
For select concerts on Natalie’s ongoing tour (Natalie Merchant: Three Decades of Song), Natalie is auctioning off special ticket bundles including: a pair of reserved tickets, a meet & greet with Natalie, and a signed copy of her new 10-CD box set.
All proceeds from the auctions will be donated to the organization Food & Water Watch, which champions healthy food and clean water for all. The auctions are taking place HERE where many of them are still in progress.