Date:   9/13/2008

Peter Mulvey: Singer/Songwriter's "No Gasoline Tour" comes to Thrasher; Brianna Lane opens.

Urban art-folkster and singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey continues on his “No Gasoline Tour” with a solo performance on Saturday, September 13 at the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake. Having spent the past decade traveling hundreds of thousands of miles on tour by car, he has decided to once again leave the car keys at home and bike through Southeast Wisconsin to celebrate the release of his tenth studio record, the highly anticipated solo retrospective “Notes From Elsewhere.” 

 

Rolling Stone characterizes Mulvey with "a voice lush and hushed that occasionally sinks into a whisper” while The Irish Times proclaimed that "Peter Mulvey is consistently the most original and dynamic of the US singer-songwriters to tour these shores…a phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style…a joy to see."

 

Mulvey is a self-described "city kid" from Milwaukee, having played, wrote, and sang in bands while studying theatre at Marquette University. After graduating, he spent time busking in Dublin, Ireland, and founded the Milwaukee band Big Sky, all before his early twenties. Mulvey’s professional music career began in 1991 on the streets and in the subways of Boston and now includes numerous solo acoustic sets and more immediate acoustic modern-rock albums. In the early 1990s he released two CDs on his own and in 1994 became a rising star when he won the Boston Acoustic Underground competition. In 1996 Mulvey signed with Eastern Front Records and recorded the Boston Award-nominated “Rapture,” which won consistent rave reviews for his dazzlingly funky acoustic fretwork.

 

Since his 2000 release “The Trouble with Poets,” Mulvey has found a home with the venerable independent label Signature Sounds Recordings. His most recent albums for the Massachusetts label were “The Knuckleball Suite” in 2006 andKitchen Radio” in 2004.  Mulvey has also scored music for theatre and modern dance, and has had numerous songs featured in film and television including various WB programs and PBS documentaries.

 

Mulvey's new album, “Notes from Elsewhere” (Signature Sounds), is a retrospective collection of the very best songs Mulvey has written and performed over his recording career and a proper new example of this modern troubadour's musical and lyrical talent. Recorded solo in a studio, these are fresh takes on songs that have become fan and critic favorites over the years. While Mulvey's previous band-backed albums showcased the songs, these solo versions allow each song to shine on its own, demonstrating Mulvey’s strengths as a songwriter. Maverik Magazine (UK) calls it “some of the most literate songs around” with “shades of Tom Waits’ depth” and “moments of Bruce Cockburn-like brilliance” and the Washington Post declares him as “cover-worthy as Randy Newman, Elvis Costello and Dar Williams.”  “Notes From Elsewhere” is sure to figure in many Top 10 of the year selections.

 

Mulvey’s intimate and beautifully atmospheric music is best appreciated in a solo setting, and his showcase at the Thrasher will bring it all back to where it started - the man, his guitar, and the song.

 

In support of Mulvey and opening the evening will be Brianna Lane, a young and accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist from Minnesota-by-way-of North Carolina who just released her third album entitled “Let You In,” a collection of eleven well-crafted songs that dig in to Lane’s true Americana side. Long time music-writer/author/rock-journalist Jim Walsh recently wrote that Lane is “a star in the making…poised, ambitious, a great writer, a soul singer of the first order, and a lithe, accomplished guitarist.” In her years of touring Lane has shared the stage with Dar Williams, Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, The Weepies, and Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland).

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Tickets for the 7:30pm performance (doors open at 6:45pm) are $15 adults, $10 students and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

 

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