Big Thief

Masterpiece (Saddle Creek)

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Big Thief’s music, rooted in the songs of Adrianne Lenker, paints in vivid tones “the process of harnessing pain, loss, and love, while simultaneously letting go, looking into your own eyes through someone else’s, and being okay with the inevitability of death,” says Adrianne.


Masterpiece, Big Thief’s debut album (Saddle Creek), is filled with characters and visceral narratives, songs that pivot in tthiehe space of a few words. Adrianne’s voice and guitar playing speak of rich emotional territory with grace and insight. In her words, the record tracks “the masterpiece of existence, which is always folding into itself, people attempting to connect, to both shake themselves awake and to shake off the numbness of certain points in their life. The interpretations might be impressionistic or surrealistic, but they’re grounded in simple things.

Adrianne met her longtime musical partner, guitarist and singer, Buck Meek, in Brooklyn a few years ago, and they quickly formed a creative bond tempered by the experience of traveling and performing for months on end in old dive bars, yards, barns, and basements together. They recorded a pair of duo albums (A-Sides and B-Sides), and Adrianne showcased her songs on a solo album, Hours Were The Birds.


Now, as a full rock and roll band, with Buck on guitar, Max Oleartchik on bass, and James Krivchenia on drums, they bring a steady wildness, giving the songs an even deeper layer of nostalgia. “These guys feel like a pack of wolves at my back,” says Adrianne, “they make the songs howl and bark with a fierce tenderness that gives me courage.”


After spending last July in an old house that they turned into a studio on Lake Champlain with producer Andrew Sarlo, the resulting collection soars on what Big Thief fan Sharon Van Etten calls “… a real journey, with intelligent stories and twist-and-turn melodies.”





    Dec 03, 2016
    New York, NY
    Beacon Theater / Cyndi Lauper's Home for the Holidays

    Jan 06, 2017
    Allston, MA
    Brighton Music Hall

    Jan 07, 2017
    New York, NY
    Bowery Ballroom

    Jan 09, 2017
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Club Cafe

    Jan 10, 2017
    Cincinnati, OH
    Woodward Theater

    Jan 11, 2017
    Chicago, IL
    Schubas / TNK Fest

    Jan 12, 2017
    Madison, WI
    High Noon / FRZN Fest

    Jan 13, 2016
    St. Louis, MO
    Old Rock House / Art of Live Fest

    Jan 14, 2017
    Nashville, TN
    High Watt

    Jan 16, 2017
    Asheville, NC

    Jan 17, 2017
    Carrboro, NC
    Cradle Back Room

    Jan 18, 2017
    Richmond, VA
    Strange Matter

    Jan 19, 2017
    Baltimore, MD
    Metro Gallery