News: Miranda Lee Richards

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS:ANNOUNCES HEADLINING EUROPEAN AND U.K. TOUR LAUNCHING MAY 2 IN GERMANY AND WRAPPING MAY 20 IN LONDON, CRITICAL ACCLAIM CONTINUES FOR ‘LIGHT OF X’ OUT NOW ON NETTWERK, MIRANDA SELECTED AS THE FACE FOR NINE WEST’S VINTAGE AMERICA COLLECTION CAMPAIGN FOR FALL 2009

Coming off a whirlwind of shows at SXSW in Austin, Texas, MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS has announced a European and U.K. headlining tour launching May 2 in Germany and wrapping with a pair of shows in London (May 18 and 20). Before heading overseas, the singer/songwriter/musician MIRANDA has confirmed a special Los Angeles performance Thursday, April 2 at Largo at the Coronet Theater supporting Tift Merritt.

Having recently released her new album LIGHT OF X (Nettwerk) to critical acclaim, MIRANDA was a featured performer on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” program in Los Angeles. MIRANDA and her band--KIRK HELLIE (bass), RICK PARKER (guitars) and KEVIN STEVENS (drums) as well as BEN PEELER (pedal steel guitar) and JEN KUHN (cello)--performed such songs as “Life Boat,” “Early November” and “Savorin’ Your Smile.” To listen the full performance on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” with host Jason Bentley (89.9 FM Los Angeles), visit: http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/mb/mb090312miranda_lee_richards In addition, check out MIRANDA’s exclusive acoustic solo performance at KCRW up now: http://www.kcrw.com/events/kcrw-at-sxsw-2009.

In other news, MIRANDA has been selected to be the face for Nine West’s Vintage America Collection for Fall 2009. The vintage inspired line will feature shoes, handbags and jewelry. MIRANDA’s campaign will appear exclusively in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Just before fashion week in New York, MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS and her full band will perform live at the Nine West Vintage America Collection launch party on September 9.

MIRANDA continues to receive strong praise for her music. In his review for Rolling Stone, writer Will Hermes noted that LIGHT OF X “evokes her Cali dream-pop heroes Mazzy Star, although Richards' music is airier and poppier--think of it as freak folk with just a schmear of freak. ‘Life Boat’ is a big, warm hug with dub effects, pedal steel and hash-den tambourine; ‘Mirror at the End’ sports a chorus big enough for Sheryl Crow. Delivered in a pure, unblemished voice, even the sad songs are comforting…”

Check out what other critics have to say about LIGHT OF X:

“California country has always been as much about evoking a magic-hour atmosphere as the genre’s traditional strum-and-twang. Richards’ new album, LIGHT OF X, is as beguiling and witchy as Joni Mitchell but also dripped in reverb, distant pedal steel and Richards’ tender alto.”
--LOS ANGELES TIMES --SUNDAY (Show preview), February 9, 2009

"The soft but assured vocals of Miranda Lee Richards cast a glow upon the delicate, 60's inspired folk-pop on her new CD, LIGHT OF X (Nettwerk). The chiming guitars, strings and piano shine with a melancholy dreaminess, and so do Richards's lyrics.”
--Scott Frampton, O (THE OPRAH MAGAZINE), February 2009

“In 2001, Richards made a dreamy little pop record that hardly anyone heard, but it'll be hard to ignore her when her sophomore release, LIGHT OF X (Nettwerk), arrives Feb. 10. The boho-chic California native really honed her sound in the interim, even if she rarely stays in one spot for long on the new album. One minute she sounds like a sun-kissed pop chanteuse, the next she's channeling a dusky torch singer reminiscent of Cat Power. Miranda wrote all the songs on X, but her supporting cast brings a wealth of obvious influences: drummer Keith Mitchell (Mazzy Star), bassist Eva Gardner (Mars Volta), and guitarist Josh Schwartz (Beachwood Sparks).”
--James Reed, BOSTON GLOBE, “Nine to Watch in 2009,” Sunday, January 11, ‘09

“Her long-awaited follow-up album, the new LIGHT OF X (Nettwerk), produced by Rick Parker, charms with delicate, carefully rendered balladry and gently laid-back pop tunes. There’s a hint of country music and wide-open spaces with Ben Peeler’s pedal-steel adornments on ‘Savorin’ Your Smile’ and ‘Olive Tree,’ and Richards’ radiant voice lights up the dusky guitar riffs of ‘Early November.’ She gives good jangle on the power-pop reverie ‘Pictures of You,’ while Parker frames her solemn piano chords with shimmering guitar plucking on the ballad ‘Here by the Window,’ which builds a haunting momentum with bluesy grandeur.”
--Falling James, LA WEEKLY, November 14-21 2008

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS’ current tour dates are as follows:

DATE CITY VENUE
Miranda Lee Richards-U.S. shows
Fri 4/10 San Francisco, CA Smile
Miranda Lee Richards-European Tour
Sat 5/2 Koln, GER King George
Sun 5/3 Hamburg, GER TBA
Mon 5/4 Berlin, GER Live At Dot
Tue 5/5 Munster, GER Gleis 22
Thu 5/7 Brussels, Belgium AB Club
Sat 5/9 Birmingham, UK The Rainbow with the Lights
Sun 5/10 Nottingham, UK The Social
Mon 5/11 Glasgow, UK King Tuts
Tue 5/12 Glasgow, UK Academy 2
Wed 5/13 Winchester, UK The Railway
Thu 5/14 Brighton, UK The Great Escape-Above Audio
Sat 5/16 Brighton, UK The Great Escape
Mon 5/18 London, UK Borderline
Wed 5/20 London, UK Windmill

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