Beth Orton isn't the only singer-songwriter to fuse folk melodies with electronic beats, but she's certainly one of the best. Ever since the release of her 1996 debut, Trailer Park, Orton has been a critics' darling with a sizeable following. In anticipation of her fifth album, the singer is taking her huge, haunting voice on the road for a rare U.S. tour. Click the link above to hear Orton, recorded live in concert from WXPN and Wiggins Park in Philadelphia on July 11, 2008.
The latest installment in WXPN's annual XPoNential Music Festival offered a broad cross-section of modern music, from beloved veterans (Alejandro Escovedo, Dar Williams) to up-and-comers (The Redwalls, The War on Drugs), with a headlining performance by critically acclaimed English singer-songwriter Beth Orton.