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Anna Tivel Mesmerizes in NPR Tiny Desk Debut

Showcasing Songs from Acclaimed Album "Outsiders"

Portland, Oregon-based artist Anna Tivel recently captivated audiences with her mesmerizing performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk, where she showcased songs from her widely acclaimed album “Outsiders.” Accompanied by producer and multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard, as well as engineer Brian Joseph, Tivel performed a selection of tracks, including “Black Umbrella,” “Heroes,” and “Royal Blue,” along with an unreleased song titled “Fluorescence In the Future.”

NPR described Tivel’s performance as “quiet and riveting,” praising her remarkable empathy and folk-based, jazz-infused compositions. Within the trio’s swirling arrangements, Tivel’s songs transform into secular prayers, transcending mere storytelling to become profound reflections on pain and resilience. Her music unfolds like dreams and mirrors the complexities of reality.

“Outsiders,” released in August and brought to life with Leonard and Joseph’s expertise, has garnered critical acclaim. Tivel’s focus on storytelling remains a hallmark of her work, and this album is no exception. Inspired by literary figures such as Steinbeck, Morrison, Didion, and Dubus, Tivel crafts songs that brim with attentive details and a dreamlike quality, rendering the ordinary palpable and poetic. No Depression hails Tivel as “one of the finest storytellers modern folk music has to offer,” praising her literary lyrics, guitar skills, and soulful vocals.Anna Tivel Mesmerizes In Npr Tiny Desk Debut, Yours Truly, News, June 12, 2024

The 11-track album has found favor at NPR, where it was named Ann Powers’ #1 Album of the Year and featured on NPR’s Best Roots Music of 2022 list. Bob Boilen, host of NPR’s All Songs Considered, included the title track among his Favorite Music of 2022. Furthermore, NPR recognized “Black Umbrella” as one of their 100 Best Songs of 2022. KCRW, an NPR affiliate based in Los Angeles, selected “The Dial” as one of their favorite new songs, applauding its lo-fi instrumentation, turntable fuzz, and Tivel’s confident and cool delivery of poetic lyrics.

“Outsiders” has garnered additional accolades, securing a place among the “Best of 2022” lists from various music publications such as Aquarium Drunkard, Brooklyn Vegan, The Boot, Folk Alley, Post-Trash, and Folk Radio UK. Bandcamp Daily also lauded the album as one of the best new releases of its month, praising Tivel for pushing the boundaries of folk music with unconventional percussion, atmospheric production, and gentle ambient touches.

In addition to “Outsiders,” Tivel has shared two b-side singles from the same recording sessions: “American Novella” and “The Good Fight.” Folk Radio UK commended Tivel’s expressive vocals and beautiful, almost prose-like verses, highlighting her bewitching and poetic songwriting skills.

Following her Tiny Desk performance, Tivel recently appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage alongside acclaimed artists Robbie Fulks, The Gibson Brothers, Jaimee Harris, and Nicholas Jamerson. She recently concluded a tour supporting Fenne Lily and Christian Lee Hutson and is scheduled to continue touring throughout the summer, including shows with Joe Pug and Jeffrey Martin.

Anna Tivel’s NPR Tiny Desk debut further solidified her status as an exceptional and introspective songwriter. With “Outsiders” resonating deeply among critics and listeners alike, her music continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide, making her a standout artist in the folk music landscape.

Anna Tivel On Tour

Date Venue Location Supporting Act
June 22 Eddie’s Attic Decatur, GA Joe Pug
June 23 The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC Joe Pug
June 24 The Evening Muse Charlotte, NC Joe Pug
June 25 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC Joe Pug
July 1 New Prospect Theatre Bellingham, WA Jeffrey Martin
July 2 The Cobalt Cabaret Vancouver, BC Jeffrey Martin
July 4 Ironwood Stage and Grill Calgary, AB Jeffrey Martin
July 5 The Aviary Edmonton, AB Jeffrey Martin
July 6 Capitol Music Club Saskatoon, SK Jeffrey Martin
July 7 Artesian Regina, SK Jeffrey Martin
July 11 The Good Will Winnipeg, MB Jeffrey Martin
July 12 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN Jeffrey Martin
July 13 Lamplight Sessions Mosinee, WI Jeffrey Martin
July 14 The Back Room @ Colectivo Milwaukee, WI Jeffrey Martin
July 15 The Midtown GR Grand Rapids, MI Jeffrey Martin
July 17 Babeville Buffalo, NY Jeffrey Martin
July 18 The Drake Hotel Toronto, ON Jeffrey Martin
July 19 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA Jeffrey Martin
July 20 Natalie’s Grandview (Music Hall & Kitchen) Columbus, OH Jeffrey Martin
July 22 Space Evanston, IL Jeffrey Martin
July 23 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI Jeffrey Martin
July 25 xBk Live Des Moines, IA Jeffrey Martin
July 26 Trumpet Blossom Cafe Iowa City, IA Jeffrey Martin
July 27 Reverb Lounge Omaha, NE Jeffrey Martin
July 29 The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center Spearfish, SD Jeffrey Martin
December 1 Turf Club St Paul, MN Joe Pug

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