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Nora Jane Struthers ‘Champion’, Her Most Adventurous and Fully Realized Work

Nora Jane Struthers on tour for ‘Champion’, at Isis Music Hall 11/16

Great vulnerability is often part and parcel of great artistry. The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners’ lives are usually the ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear. Nora Jane Struthers’ new album Champion is built on these kinds of songs.

On ‘Champion’, Struthers offers her most adventurous and fully realized work to date, digging into everything from punk riffs to mind/body philosophy for inspiration. The 13-song collection gorgeously details the ups and downs of newly married life, and documents in brave, plainspoken terms the challenges she has faced in attempting to start a family – even as many of her friends navigate their own difficult paths through new parenthood.

‘Champion’ was produced by Nielson Hubbard and recorded in Nashville with Struthers’ longtime band the Party Line. From the slow-building pedal steel breakdown on “Belief” to its rock-leaning title track ballad, ‘Champion’ weaves a unique narrative tapestry of vulnerability and hope in the face of struggle, blurring the lines between folk, roots and rock to showcase Struthers’ newfound vulnerability and natural gift for storytelling.

Struthers’ 2015 release ‘Wake’ earned praise everywhere from Rolling Stone to Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls to NPR Fresh Air, who called it “Excellent….an awakening Struthers has had about who she is, what she wants to do, and how she wants to sound.” She will kick off an extensive tour in support of the new album later this fall, see full dates below.

Nora Jane Struthers Tour Dates:

9/16 – Nashville, TN @ AmericanaFest

9/23 – Louisville, KY @ Downs After Dark

10/12 – Norfolk, CT @ Infinity Music Hall^

10/13 – New York, NY @ American Beauty^

10/15 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern^

10/18 – St. Louis, MO @ The Stage @ KDHX^

10/19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall^

10/20 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s^

10/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club^

10/26 – Washington, DC @ Gypsy Sally’s

11/2 – Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf^

11/4 – Houston, TX @ The Mucky Duck^

11/5 – Austin, TX @ Cactus Café^

11/8 – Holland, MI @ Park Theatre^

11/9 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark^

11/10 – Benton Harbor, MI @ The Livery^

11/11 – Belleaire, MI @ Short’s Brewing Company^

11/16 – Asheville, NC @ Isis Music Hall^

11/17 – Roanoke, VA @ 5 Points Music Sanctuary^

11/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse^

11/29 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern^

11/30 – Prosser, WA @ Brewminatti^

12/1 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar^

12/2 – Lincoln City, OR @ Lincoln City Cultural Center^

12/4 – Felton, CA @ Don Quixote’s^

12/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint^

12/6 – Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer^

12/7 – Berkeley, CA @ Freight & Salvage^

12/8 – Redding, CA @ The Dip^

12/9 – Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond’s Garage

^”Champion” album release tour with full band

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