Charlotte Martin did not have a good 2010. The bad was due to a nerve disorder called intercostal neuralgia. She suffered through this disease and various misdiagnoses in 2010. Through the pain and recovery, Charlotte found moments where she could write and record what she was going through. The result is the fantastic new album, 'Dancing on Needles,' released on February 1, 2011 through her brand new fan club (Something Like A Fan Club) as well as on iTunes and other digital retailers. A tour in support of the album in January 2011? Not only was Charlotte still dealing with her nerve pain, but she also was about 7 months pregnant! Most artists would rest right about now but Charlotte Martin is not most artists. Knowing she was about to give birth to 2 things (the new album and the new baby :)), she wanted to bring her music to her fans in person one more time.
Charlotte played four acoustic shows in January 2011 to premiere new songs from 'Dancing on Needles' as well as some other faves. Chicago. New York x2. Los Angeles. She sounded strong, as amazing and enchanting as ever. Chicago was just giddy excitement. The first show she played after being away due to pain and she was having a good time. And there was 'Limits of Our Love' into 'Hyperballad' (Bjork cover). :) It was her home state crowd and her return was so welcome. New York was her double header! There was a sense of excitement with her return to NYC and Joe's Pub. Intense, fun, exciting as if Char and 200+ Char fans were walking a tight rope. A NYC show at Joe's Pub. She was surrounded (literally) by love. Los Angeles was going home. At this point she was 8 months pregnant and really having a good time with that info onstage. :) It was so wonderful to see her live again...she was surrounded by fans, new and old, that loved her. Personally, I think it helped in the healing...to be able to do what you love and are meant to do again. Char Mar is a gift to her fans and, with all that was going on in her life...the recovery she was still going through, the 7 month preggo-ness...she travelled cross country and gave back to us with this mini-tour. We could not ask for more. :)
Below is a recap of the 'Dancing on Needles' tour. There are photos, audio recordings, videos...all the magic captured by darkest-limits.com and the Char Mar fans! Thank you Char Mar! Congratulations on your gift, baby Stella, and until next time...much love.
If you were at any of the shows and would like to contribute to this page, please email your reviews/photos/video to me at jules[at]darkest-limits.com and I will put it here. Click on the active links below to view the show's page. Thank you for checking out the tour! More to come. :)
January 9, 2011 - Schuba's - Chicago, IL [setlist, reviews, photos, audio, video]
January 16, 2011 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY - Early Show[setlist, reviews, photos, audio, video]
January 16, 2011 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY - Late Show [setlist, reviews, photos, audio, video]
January 29, 2011 - The Bootleg Theater - Los Angeles, CA [setlist, reviews, photos, audio, video]