- Mark Maya
- The music produced by Mandolin Orange distills the essence of the American South.
The sound of North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange is perhaps best described as "porch music," and it goes down as smoothly as sweet tea. Though known for appearances at big music festivals like Austin City Limits, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Pickathon, Mandolin Orange will bring a little piece of the Bible Belt to Boise, when the duo takes the stage at The Olympic in support of its new album, Blindfaller (Yep Roc Records, 2016). In 10 tracks packed with social commentary, Blindfaller takes a hard look at what it means to be southern, particularly balancing pride, politics and past tragedy. From "Wildfire," which examines the lingering effects of slavery, to "Gospel Shoes," a critique of how religion is used as a tool for political gain, this is a smart, introspective album that gets everything—from thoughtful lyrics to choice guest instrumentation—just right.