Mandolin Orange comes to Cain’s Ballroom on Jan. 19 to fill the venue with its personal, touching Americana folk melodies. The North Carolina duo creates contemplative, all-consuming songs that suck you into a world where you’re sitting on the front porch, watching the sun set, drinking a beer, thinking of love and loss.
Singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz have worked together beautifully for a decade, producing five albums, the most recent being this year’s “Tides of a Teardrop.” Marlin writes about his mother, who died of complications from surgery when he was 18. The simple acoustic strumming and picking perfectly underline touching lyrics like “I feel like I’ve mourned long enough, I’m ready to bring forth some happier memories now.” The songs ooze grief and yearning by pulling the listener close to whisper simple, quiet sentiments.
The warm glow of the duo’s haunting Americana roots sound is punched up by its longtime backing band. The extra performers add a dynamic feel to the alluring musicianship of Frantz and Marlin. The duo and band will complement the historic charm of Cain’s Ballroom perfectly by filling the old walls with the downhome Americana folk tunes they’re used to.
The show is bound to be a meaningful and tender night scored by the duo’s new songs from “Tides of a Teardrop,” like “Suspended in Heaven,” and some of its tried and true hits, like “Wildfire.” Bring a tissue and a friend to hold.