Maria Taylor – Maria Taylor is set to to hit the road once again in support of 2005’s 11:11 CD. The tour will start with a couple of solo dates and then join up with Mates of State for 3 weeks worth of shows. More dates have been announced and are listed below. This will likely be Maria’s last tour for a while, so be sure to make it to one of the shows if you can!
Maria Taylor – 11:11
Sometimes it’s the quiet ones you need to watch out for. Nestling under your skin and infiltrating your day-to-day, a great album can be something delicate, seeping in when you least expect it.
Though often referred to as half of the duo Azure Ray and 1/4 of Saddle Creek’s Now It’s Overhead, Maria Taylor’s talents have seen her name attached to an impressive roster of musicians. She’s popped up on Crooked Fingers’ Bring on the Snakes, Bright Eyes’ Lifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, and Moby’s 18 (yes, that Moby). Her distinctive, luminous vocals provide a unifying thread through such unlikely releases as The Bruces’ Shining Path, The Faint’s Wet From Birth, and Bright Eyes’ I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning.
Maria doesn’t scream her angst or snarl out her problems. She doesn’t warble melismas with the glut of high-strung chart divas. With understated grace and aplomb, she writes the sort of classic, sad songs once favored by the first ladies of American songwriting. Her soulful melodies and honeyed vocals conjure those leaked from radios on nights we fell asleep in the backseats of our parents’ cars. Without leaning on nostalgia, Maria’s first solo full-length, 11:11, evokes the artistry of greats like Carole King, Laura Nyro and Rickie Lee Jones while it spans the spectrum from acoustic folk to electronic dream pop.
11:11’s all-star cast features the talents of Cursive’s Gretta Cohn, Now It’s Overhead’s Andy LeMaster, and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis. LeMaster and Mogis each lent his talents to the recording, production, and engineering of the record, as well, resulting in an album that sets Maria’s compositions awash in an ethereal, melancholic glow.
What people are saying about 11:11:
It’s warm, wan and gently bittersweet…Taylor quietly holds together the album’s center, double-tracking guitar and piano, and singing these cryptic love songs in a distracted, insistent whisper…beautifully fragile, sweetly depressing and smart as hell.
— Alternative Press
Maria Taylor…mixes intimate songwriting with spare, glitchy electronics. Her solo debut is like a tiny sparrow in the hand: delicate, fluttering, precisely built.
– Entertainment Weekly
The pleasure of 11:11 is hearing Taylor step up as a songwriter on vulnerable yet sensual gems.
— Rolling Stone
Taylor is off to a gargantuan start with 11:11, and due to the combination of indisputable talent and her ability to smoothly incorporate a variety of genre influences, she’s securing a promising future.
– American Songwriter
Taylor bridges ‘70s singers like Laura Nyro and Maria Muldaur with subtle threads of shoegazing and trip-hop, all held together on the aching fragility of her pipes.
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Maria Taylor – 11:11 CD
Maria Taylor Spring 2006 Tour Dates
Sat-Mar-18 Birmingham, AL, The Nick*
Sun-Mar-19 Newport, KY, Southgate House*
Wed-Mar-22 New York, NY, Knitting Factory with Camera Obscura*
Thu-Mar-23 Cambridge, MA, Middle East (Downstairs)
Fri-Mar-24 Philadelphia, PA, Starlight Ballroom
Sat-Mar-25 Falls Church, VA, State Theatre
Sun-Mar-26 Carrboro, NC, Cats Cradle
Mon-Mar-27 Athens, GA, 40 Watt
Tue-Mar-28 Tallahasse, FL, Club DownUnder
Wed-Mar-29 Orlando, FL, Social
Thu-Mar-30 Gainesville, FL, Common Grounds
Fri-Mar-31 Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
Sat-Apr-01 Asheville, NC, Grey Eagle
Sun-Apr-02 Nashville, TN, The End
Mon-Apr-03 Champaign, IL, Canopy Club
Tue-Apr-04 Des Moines, IA, Vaudeville Mews
Wed-Apr-05 Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater
Thu-Apr-06 Chicago, IL, Metro
Fri-Apr-07 Detroit, MI ,Magic Stick
Sat-Apr-08 Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Artists Warehouse
Sun-Apr-09 Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
Mon-Apr-10 Gambier, OH, Kenyon College*
Wed-Apr-12 Louisville, KY, Headliners Music Hall*
Thu-Apr-13 Memphis, TN, Hi-Tone Cafe*
Fri-Apr-14 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon*
Sat-Apr-15 Denton, TX, Hailey’s*
Sun-Apr-16 Austin, TX, The Parish Room*
Tue-Apr-18 Phoenix, AZ, Rhythm Room*
Wed-Apr-19 Tucson, AZ, Solar Culture*
Thu-Apr-20 Los Angeles, CA The Echo*
Fri-Apr-21 San Diego, CA, Che Café*
Sat-Apr-22 San Francisco, CA, Café Du Nord*
Mon-Apr-24 Eugene, OR, WOW Hall*
Thu-Apr-27 Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court*
Fri-Apr-28 Denver, CO, Larimer Lounge*
Sat-Apr-29 Omaha, NE, Sokol Underground*
All shows with Mates of State except *