Neko Case’s life was hovering across the expanse of continental North America well before it was part of her job as one of today’s biggest-selling independent-label artists. The soul stirring singer/songwriter/journeywoman — whose Middle Cyclone entered Billboard’s album chart at No. 3 in 2009, pushing Case’s profile (and commercial bankability) to peak levels — was born in Virginia but moved to Washington State as a young child. Case crossed the border and attended college in Canada, immersing herself in the Vancouver music scene. After school and recording an album with some local musicians (the equally acclaimed and in-peak-form New Pornographers), she moved back to the Pacific Northwest, launched her solo career and, with 2000’s breakthrough Furnace Room Lullabies, left Seattle for Chicago. She moved to Tucson next, drawn by the warmth and calm it provided during her limited time not traveling. Today, as of press time, she calls Vermont home.
That untethered existence might sound flighty and carefree, but as anyone who has seen her live can especially attest, Case couldn’t be any more “down to earth” and her confidence and command is the force behind her heart-rattling, soul-tingling sound
NEKO CASE plays Riverbend's PNC Pavilion Wednesday, Aug. 17 with guests MY MORNING JACKET. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.