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What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 12, 2020: Hear Van Darien at The Deli in Norman

Van Darien [Photo provided]
Van Darien [Photo provided]

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NORMAN - Hear alt-country singer-songwriter Van Darien at 7 tonight at The Deli, 309 White Street. 

A native Texan now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Van Darien is touring in support of her upcoming album "Levee." Produced by Steven Cooper and JD Tiner at East Nashville's Glass Onion Studio, the 10-song LP is billed as mixing earnest folk songwriting with experimental pop elements to create a dreamy, engaging sound that's all her own, according to the press materials. 

Darien’s full-length debut features contributions from Brandy Zdan, Owen Beverly (Indianola), Thayer Serrano (MGMT, Drive-by Truckers), Mando Saenz, Joey Green and Maren Morris, with Morris co-writing the tracks "Low Road" and “Twisted Metal.”

A native of Weatherford, Texas, Van Darien grew up with both the ethereal beauty and seemingly inescapable isolation that are the age-old duality of rural country living. Her father ran a machine shop on her family's land, which was scattered with rusted out cars and pieces of scrap metal -- an industrial landscape where she first picked up a guitar, began writing poems, and started to develop her own sound. From there, she forged relationships with other like-minded artists in the Lone Star State and evolved her songwriting processes. She released her first EP, "Silent Sparrow," in 2014, showcasing her earthy vocals and a gritty, organic, and soulful blend of Americana, alt-country, folk, and rock that were grown from the ground up.

In 2015, Van Darien made the trek from her home state to Nashville to help a friend move, not yet knowing that would be where a new chapter of her career would begin. After seeing an inspiring show from Margo Price, Brendan Benson, and several others, she decided to go all-in and permanently relocate to the Music City. That move would become a creative catalyst for her, creating a chain of events and experiences that would culminate in the tracks featured on Levee.

Also on the bill for tonight's show is Nashville act Indianola. "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" follows Indianola’s 2017 debut EP, "Zero," which Paste praised as “wise beyond its years” and the Charleston City Paper hailed for its “rock ‘n’ roll fervor.” Indianola's Owen Beverly was named a Southwest Airlines Artist On The Rise, and the collection earned him festival performances from Luck Reunion to Wildwood Revival alongside dates with Josh Ritter, Butch Walker, Langhorne Slim, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Nicole Atkins, and more. The following year, Indianola appeared as a special guest on Shovels & Rope’s "Busted Jukebox Volume 2," collaborating on a reimagining of The Hollies’ “The Air That I Breathe” that prompted the husband-and-wife duo to describe Beverly as “one of the finest singers and writers out there today” in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

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Brandy McDonnell

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