Acclaimed for both her solo career and her contributions as a member of the Canadian indie rock group, The New Pornographers, the country-rock chanteuse released her latest full-length album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, in June 2013 on Anti Records. The 12-song album, which features a slew of guest musicians contributing everything from baritone saxophone to Mellotron, marries Case’s signature strong vocal presence and melodic craft to songs that explore personal landscapes of childhood, love and loss. Case’s sixth studio album, The Worse Things Get, was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.
Born in 1970 in Alexandria, VA, Case attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, and while there, played drums in several local bands. In addition to her work with The New Pornographers, Case frequently collaborates with additional Canadian musicians, including The Sadies and Carolyn Mark, and has recorded material by several noted Canadian songwriters. As a result, she is considered a significant figure in contemporary Canadian music—both CBC Radio 3 and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada have referred to Case as an “honourary Canadian.”
After garnering comparisons to legendary musicians such as Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Hazel Dickens and Tanya Tucker, for a sound that has been dubbed “country noir,” Case was honored in 2006 as Female Artist of the Year at the Plug Independent Music Awards. In September 2013, she appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and in January 2014, she performed on Austin City Limits.
Opening the show, which is presented by Opus One and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is Portland, OR-based singer-songwriter, Laura Veirs, who released her ninth studio album, Warp and Weft, in August 2013.