This Carter Family-inspired duo began as a side project for Eleventh Dream Day drummer/vocalist Janet Beveridge Bean and childhood friend (and fellow Kentucky native) Catherine Irwin, a songwriter who'd done cover art for Dream Day albums. By the early '90s, Freakwater had helped spark a revived interest among some of the pair's indie-rock contemporaries in early county, folk and bluegrass music. Bean and Irwin's tasteful devotion to rural music on Freakwater's first two albums encouraged post-punk artists from Bad Livers to Uncle Tupelo to experiment, tongues not in cheeks, with mixing contemporary concerns and traditional country styles. - [Trouser Press]

It's been eight years since Freakwater's last album, Thinking of You, and if you've been thinking of them, you're in luck. The duo are currently on tour, which rolls into NYC on Tuesday (1/15) at The Bell House. Tickets are still available. All tour dates are listed below.

Bean and Irwin still make music, and the latter released her second solo album, Little Heater last year on Thrill Jockey.

Openers at The Bell House are fellow Thrill Jockey artists Arboureatum whose new album, Coming Out of the Fog, will be out on the label next week. Literate and rocking, check out "The Promise" below. After their show with Freakwater, Arbouretum will tour Europe. All dates for both bands are listed below.


Freakwater - 2013 Tour Dates
Mon Jan 14 Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts
Tue Jan 15 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House w/ Arbouretum
Wed Jan 16 Washington, DC - DC9
Thu Jan 17 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe w/ Pairdown
Fri Jan 18 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern w/ Istvan Medgyesi
Sat Jan 19 Nelsonville, OH - Stuart's Opera House
Mon Jan 21 Chicago, IL - The Hideout w/ Nora O'Connor
Thu Jan 24 Louisville, KY - Headliners w/ Julia of the Wolves, Wood and Iafrate

Arbouretum - 2013 Tour Dates
Tue Jan 15 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House w/ Freakwater
Fri Feb 8 Baltimore, MD - Golden West w/ Sterling Sisters, Drums of Death
Sat Feb 9 Annapolis, MD - The Metropolitan w/ Fractal Cat, Vista Saints
Fri Feb 15 Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery w/ Endless Boogie, Hans Chew
Wed Feb 20 Brighton, UK - The Prince Albert w/ Reds
Thu Feb 21 London, UK - Corsica Studios
Sat Feb 23 Clonakilty, Ireland - De Barra's
Sun Feb 24 Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
Mon Feb 25 Cork, Ireland - Crane Lane Theatre
Wed Feb 27 Hassel, Belgium - Muziekodroom
Thu Feb 28 Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
Fri Mar 1 Schorndorf, Germany - Club Manufaktur
Sat Mar 2 Leipzig, Germany - UT Connewitz
Sun Mar 3 Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007
Mon Mar 4 Freiburg, Germany - The Swamp
Tue Mar 5 Geneva, Switzerland - Usine
Wed Mar 6 Turin, Italy - Blah Blah
Thu Mar 7 Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
Fri Mar 8 Foligno, Italy - Auditorium
Sat Mar 9 Savignano sul Rubicone, Italy - Sidro Club
Mon Mar 11 Berlin, Germany - TBC
Tue Mar 12 Hamburg, Germany - TBC
Wed Mar 13 Cologne, Germany - Club S w/ Bolle
Fri Mar 15 Creil, France - La Grange A Musique