Joanna Newsom’s new album “Have One On Me” will be released by Drag City on February 23. Drag City streaming already ‘81′ from Newsom’s new triple album, Have One on Me.
[audio:04 only skin.mp3] Joanna Newsom is an American harpist, pianist, and singer-songwriter from Nevada, California. Newsom was first taught to play the Celtic harp by a local teacher in Nevada City. Later on she switched to the pedal harp and started composing. Newsom studied composition and creative writing at Mills College, Oakland, California.After touring with Will Oldham, she was quickly signed to Drag City and released her debut album The Milk-Eyed Mender.
Joanna Newson / Sawdust And Diamonds / Live in Glasgow
Shortly thereafter, Newsom toured with Devendra Banhart and Vetiver and made an early UK appearance at the Green Man Festival in Wales, returning to headline in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Although her harp playing is not completely divorced from conventional harp techniques, she considers her style distinct from that of classically focused harpists. Joanna has also spoken out against the role of classical harpists, and considers many harpists to be “artless”.
She has been strongly influenced by polyrhythms. Her harp teacher, Diana Stork, taught her the basic pattern of four beats against three, which creates an interlocking, shifting pattern that can be heard on Ys, particularly in the middle section of “Sawdust & Diamonds.” The media have sometimes labeled her as one of the most prominent members of the modern psych folk movement, although she does not acknowledge ties to any particular musical scene. Her songwriting incorporates elements of Appalachian music, and avant-garde modernism.
Newsom’s vocal style (in the November 2006 issue of The Wire she described her voice as “untrainable”) has shadings of folk and Appalachian shaped-note timbres. Newsom has, however, expressed disappointment at comments that her singing is “child-like.”
Here the US Tour Dates: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/joanna-newsom