The setting at Pickathon must have seemed eerily familiar to Mandolin Orange, the Americana group made up of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. On a stiflingly hot Saturday afternoon late last summer, Marlin and Frantz played at the festival’s Woods Stage, a performance space nestled in a heavily forested holler just outside of Portland, Oregon that looks like something straight out of the Appalachian foothills in the duo’s home state of North Carolina. Those cozy confines helped to coax a masterful performance from the two musicians, who showcased a set of understated folk music for an attentive crowd that was doing their best to escape the heat. The performance was punctuated by this refreshing version of “Cavalry” from their 2013 release This Side Of Jordan.
Mandolin Orange are set to release their fourth album, Blindfaller, on September 30 via Yep Roc Records.
The annual Pickathon festival returns August 5-7 at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, OR with a lineup that features headlining performances from Beach House, Wolf Parade, Jeff Tweedy and Yo La Tengo.