Mountain Man Announces First Tour in Six Years, in Celebration of First Album in Eight Years: ‘Magic Ship’ out September 21 on Nonesuch

Mountain Man embarks on a fourteen-city US tour—its first in six years—this October, following the release of the acclaimed band’s first album in eight years, Magic Ship, on September 21, 2018. Tour stops include Brooklyn, Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles (full schedule below; fan pre-sale begins Thursday and general on-sale begins Friday). The record, Mountain Man’s first on Nonesuch, includes eleven original songs written by the trio—Amelia Meath, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Molly Sarlé—as well as interpretations of Ted Lucas’ “Baby Where You Are,” Michael Hurley’s “Blue Mountain,” and the traditional hymn, “Bright Morning Stars.” Three album tracks—“Window,” “Rang Tang Ring Toon,” and “Stella”—were released last week. Check out “Rang Tang Ring Toon” below…

The three musicians went in different directions after the Made the Harbor tour: Meath moved to Durham, North Carolina and eventually started Sylvan Esso. Sarlé headed for a Zen center in California. Sauser-Monnig first moved to Minnesota, then to a farm in North Carolina. They eventually all ended up in North Carolina, spending time together as old friends.

They reunited as a band last summer at the Eaux Claires music festival, on a tiny, cabin-like stage tucked into a forest, in front of an unusually large audience hanging on every note. Meath says, “When the first Eaux Claires happened, I realized it was the perfect place for Mountain Man to play, if Mountain Man was ever going to play again. Cute boys stood in stinging nettles to hear us. So many people cried. And it felt really good, just like it always did.”

Mountain Man reconvened a few months later at Meath’s home studio in Durham to begin what would become Magic Ship. Sauser-Monnig explains, “We all got together at Molly’s house in the wintertime, on one of the snowy days that rarely happen in North Carolina. We built a fire in the wood stove and shared a handful of songs that felt like they could be right for Mountain Man. It happened really naturally, and all of those songs ended up being on the record.”

“It feels amazing when we sing together, and we wanted to see if that was enough to carry a whole record. Could we just sing these songs and record them and make an album? Once we played these songs for each other, we knew the record was going to be great,” agrees Sarlé.


Magic Ship Track List

1. Window

2. AGT

3. Baby Where You Are

4. Rang Tang Ring Toon

5. Stella

6. Blue Mountain

7. Moon

8. Boat

9. Whale Song

10. Fish

11. Underwear

12. Slow Wakeup Sunday Morning

13. Bright Morning Stars

14. Guilt

Mountain Man Tour

Monday, October 22 – Washington, DC – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Tuesday, October 23 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live

Thursday, October 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Saturday, October 27 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair

Monday, October 29 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark

Tuesday, October 30 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music

Thursday, November 1 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center

Friday, November 2 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room

Saturday, November 3 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

Monday, November 5 – Seattle, WA – St. Mark’s Cathedral

Tuesday, November 6 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Thursday, November 8 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Friday, November 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge

Saturday, November 17 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom

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