Fri Feb 16
Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
$17 ADV / $22 DOS
Doors at 7:00pm
$17 Advance/$22 Day of Show
About Willi Carlisle
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NW Arkansas native, whose towering physical presence is only outdone by his incredible songwriting and emotionally-charged live shows. His 2023 release Peculiar, Missouri is (in our opinion) the best folk album of the last 10+ years. 2023 was a big year for Carlisle, including highlights at Newport Folk, Dusty Boots, Sister’s Folk, , FreshGrass, support dates with Sierra Ferrell and more than 100 headline shows world-wide. Confirmed for 2024: Tyler Childers support dates, MerleFest and Green River Festival.
For Willi Carlisle, singing is healing. And by singing together, he believes we can begin to reckon with the inevitability of human suffering and grow in love. On his forthcoming album, Critterland, (out Jan. 26, 2024 via Signature Sounds) Carlisle invites audiences to join him: “If we allow ourselves to sing together, there’s a release of sadness, maybe even a communal one. And so for me personally, singing, like the literal act of thinking through suffering, is really freeing,” he says.
Produced by the GRAMMY Award-nominated Darrell, Critterland considers where we come from and where we are going. On the album, Carlisle takes on human suffering through stories about forbidden love, loss, generational trauma, addiction, and suicide, believing that by processing the traits and trauma we inherit, he can reach a deeper understanding of what it means to succeed and to exist.
“Willi Carlisle speaks his truth…reminiscent of folksingers like Woody Guthrie”- NPR
“The greatest Americana artist you’ve never heard of. A storytelling titan”- The Guardian
“Powerful…both down-home and brainy”- Washington Post