Willi Carlisle’s Critterland Is A Stunning Observation On The Beauty, Pain, And Redemption Found In All Corners Of Humanity

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Sunday, January 28, 2024

With his brand new album, Critterland, folksinger Willi Carlisle invites his listeners to reckon with the inevitability of human suffering and grow in love; all through joining together in song. And Carlisle’s songs are ripe for a singalong. Out today via Signature Sounds, Critterland has already earned praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Associated Press, SPIN, and more, and garnered fans in fellow songwriters BJ Barham and Tyler Childers.

Produced by the GRAMMY Award-nominated Darrell Scott, Critterland considers where we come from and where we are going. On the album, Carlisle takes on human suffering through stories about forbidden love, loss, generational trauma, addiction, and suicide, believing that by processing the traits and trauma we inherit, he can reach a deeper understanding of what it means to succeed and to exist.

Fans can stream or purchase Critterland today at this link and be sure to check out the official “Critterland” music video here. For more information, please visit willicarlisle.com.

Carlisle—who was recently named on the National Independent Venue Association’s “The Live List” of favorite up-and-coming touring acts—returns to the road with his own headlining tour in February followed by a run of shows in June supporting Tyler Childers. Tour dates can be found below or at willicarlisle.com.

More About Critterland: Rooted in the eclectic and collective world of his live shows, Carlisle’s third album, Critterland, takes up where his sophomore album, Peculiar, Missouri, left off, transforming Peculiar’s big tent into a Critterland menagerie and letting loose the weirdos he gathered together. The album is a wild romp through the backwaters of his mind and America, lingering in the odd corners of human nature to visit obscure oddballs, dark secrets, and complicated truths about the beauty and pain of life and love.

Critterland Tracklist:


Dry Country Dust

The Arrangements

The Great Depression

Two-Headed Lamb

Higher Lonesome

I Want No Children


When the Pills Wear Off

The Money Grows on Trees

Catch Willi Carlisle On Tour:

Feb. 1 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House

Feb. 2 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe

Feb. 3 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe

Feb. 4 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall’s

Feb. 7 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark

Feb. 8 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club

Feb. 9 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern

Feb. 10 - Kalamazoo - MI - Bell’s Eccentric Café

Feb. 12 - Wisconsin Dells, WI - Showboat Saloon

Feb. 13 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club

Feb. 15 - Des Moines, IA - xBK

Feb. 16 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown

Feb. 17 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck

Feb. 18 - Oklahoma City - OK - Resonant Head

Feb. 22 - 25 - Kansas City, MO - Folk Alliance International

Apr. 5 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Room

Apr. 6 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic Lounge

Apr 12. - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle

Apr 13. - Nashville, TN - The Basement East

Apr. 14 - Lexington, KY - The Burl

Apr. 26 - Wilkesboro, NC - MerleFest

Apr. 28 - Tallahassee, FL - Word of South Music and Lit. Festival

May 24 - Adams, MA - Adams Theater

June 2 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*

June 5 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*

June 7 - Alpharetta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre*

June 8 - Alpharetta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre*

*Supporting Tyler Childers.