Personnel: Beth Orton (vocals, acoustic guitar); Rob Moose, Caroline Shaw, Ben Russell, Yuki Numata (violin); Nadia Sirota (viola); Clarice Jensen (cello); Bob Burger (accordion, piano, harmonium, pump organ, Wurlitzer organ); Sebastian Steinberg (acoustic bass, electric bass); Brian Blade (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Tucker Martine.
Recording information: Famous Tree Studio; Flora, Portland, OR; Second Story Sound, NYC; Tainted Blue Studios.
Six long years after the release of Comfort of Strangers, singer and songwriter Beth Orton issues Sugaring Season, her debut offering for Anti. Producer Tucker Martine helmed all ten tracks at his studio in Portland, Oregon. He and Orton enlisted a "dream band of new and old friends." The players on these sessions include jazz ber drummer Brian Blade, guitarists Marc Ribot and Ted Barnes, keyboardist Rob Burger, bassist Sebastian Steinberg, folksinger Sam Amidon helping out on vocals, and chamber strings. The full-band approach has become a natural fit for Orton. ~ Thom Jurek