Waxahatchee Announces New EP ‘Great Thunder’

On September 7, Katie Crutchfield’s ever-shifting musical project Waxahatchee returns with the Great Thunder EP. Featuring a collection of songs written with now-dormant experimental recording group Great Thunder while Crutchfield was also writing the Waxahatchee albums Cerulean Salt and Ivy Tripp, the original recordings have mostly faded into obscurity. Unearthing and reimagining them with producer Brad Cook at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio in Wisconsin was a cathartic experience, she says.

Today, Crutchfield shares Great Thunder’s release details as well as a music video for the solemn “Chapel of Pines,” directed by Christopher Good and starring Crutchfield and Kevin Morby. Watch and share, then pre-order Great Thunder on CD, 12-inch EP, and limited-edition opaque yellow Peak Vinyl in the Merge store (with an option to bundle an exclusive Waxahatchee tote!), or digitally.

Watch & share the music video for Waxahatchee’s “Chapel of Pines” now:

On the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed Out in the Storm, Crutchfield found herself looking to take a sharp turn away from the more rock-oriented influences of her recent records towards her more folk and country roots. “I would say that it is a complete 180 from the last record: super stripped-down, quiet, and with me performing solo, it’s a throwback to how I started,” writes Crutchfield. “Overall, the EP is a warm, kind of vibey recording.”

Crutchfield will take Waxahatchee out on the road solo for the remainder of the year, first at headlining shows in September before linking up with Courtney Barnett through October. A full list of announced dates can be found below.

Waxahatchee (solo) on tour:
Aug 04 Missoula, MT – Travelers’ Rest Festival
Sep 05 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre*
Sep 06 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Fest
Sep 08 Washington, DC – Miracle Theatre*
Sep 09 Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House*
Sep 10 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge*
Sep 12 Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol*
Sep 13 Nelsonville, OH – Stuart’s Opera House*
Sep 14 Cleveland, OH – Survival Kit Gallery*
Sep 15 Toronto, ON – Bloor Street United Church*
Sep 16 Grand Rapids, MI – Wealthy Theatre*
Sep 17–22 Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling
Sep 18 Madison, WI – Mineral Point Opera House*
Sep 21 Lawrence, KS – The White Schoolhouse*
Sep 28 Philadelphia, PA – Philly Music Fest @ World Cafe Live
Sep 29 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre^
Sep 30 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre^
Oct 02 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren^
Oct 03 San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park^
Oct 05 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre^
Oct 06 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Oct 08 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre^
Oct 09 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre^
Oct 10 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre^
Oct 11 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom^
Oct 12 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom^
Oct 17 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre^
Oct 21 Boston, MA – House of Blues^
Oct 23 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore^
Oct 25 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works^
Oct 27 Austin, TX – Stubb’s^
Nov 17 Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre (The Complete Last Waltz)
* w/ Night Shop, Anna St. Louis
^ w/ Courtney Barnett

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