Modern Outsider Welcomes Tristen

May 18, 2017

Modern Outsider Records is thrilled to announce that the Nashville artist Tristen has joined our label family! ModOut is releasing her new album, Sneaker Waves, on July 7. 

A native of South Side Chicago turned longtime Nashville resident, Tristen has released two critically acclaimed solo records — 2011’s Charlatans at the Garden Gate and 2013’s CAVES — and toured extensively as a member of Jenny Lewis’ backing band. The folk-oriented Charlatans earned her praise as “Nashville’s best-kept secret” (The Boston Globe), and the more synth-pop-oriented CAVES featured “tales of greed, alienation and heartache, made poignant but never saccharine by their electronically enhanced surroundings” (Nashville Scene).

Tristen has been singing since she could speak, and writing and recording her own songs since she was a teenager. Now an established touring musician with finely tuned chops and a knack for lashing exceptional melodies to her singularly poetic lyrics, she travels with a practiced backing trio of top-notch Nashville sidemen. Together, they bring Tristen’s lush, expertly crafted arrangements to life, giving the singer room to brandish her outsized vocals and win audiences with her powerful stage presence — performances that channel the rock ’n’ roll eclecticism of David Bowie and the creative prowess of Dolly Parton.

In 2016, Tristen released her first book of poetry, Saturnine, a collection of 18 poems that span from the “green carpet hills by San Francisco” to the “cold hard streets of Chicago” and brim with a kaleidoscope of characters. Her third album, Sneaker Waves, will be released July 7 via Modern Outsider Records.

6/24 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
6/25 Charleston, WV Mountain Stage
7/6 Charleston, SC The Royal American
7/7 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre (Rooftop)
7/8 Chattanooga, TN JJ's Bohemia
7/14 Cincinnati, OH MOTR
7/15 Columbus, OH Rumba Cafe
7/16 Cleveland, OH The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
7/19 Toronto, ON The Drake Hotel
7/20 Montreal, QB Le Divan Orange
7/21 Boston, MA The Rockwell
7/22 New York, NY Berlin NYC
7/26 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle
7/27 Washington DC DC9 Nightclub
7/28 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
8/4 Birmingham, AL Secret Stages Music Discovery Festival
9/8 Dallas, TX Sundown at Granada^
9/9 Austin, TX Stubb's Austin^
9/10 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall^
9/12 El Prado, NM Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership^
9/13 Phoenix, AZ The Rebel Lounge^
9/15 Del Mar, CA KAABOO
9/16 Los Angeles, CA Resident^
9/19 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill^
^w/ Jenny O.