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Emily DunbarShe traded away
Fields of corn & hay
For gold lamé
~ Gold Lamé, Emily Dunbar

When I first met Emily Dunbar two years ago at Rocky Mountain Song School, I was immediately impressed with her insightful and quirky lyrics, her optimistic attitude and her generous heart. So I was overjoyed to find out a few months ago that she had finally made an album including those songs I first heard around the campfire and wanted to hear again! As it says in the album description, Catch It When You Can "... is slick enough for the big time, but homespun enough to imagine Dunbar strumming just for you from across the room."

Join me Tues Dec 1st for an interview with Emily about her debut album! Lyrical Venus is every Tuesday from 9-10 am.

Recording WinterbloomI'll see you as you are this Christmas
I'll see you as you are right now

~ I'll See You As You Are, Anne Heaton

Earlier this year, Anne Heaton, Antje Duvekot, Meg Hutchinson & Natalia Zukerman joined forces to record an 8 song EP of both new and traditional holiday songs called Winterbloom: Traditions Rearranged. Each artist wrote one original and put their twist on a traditional, and the other three joined in on harmonies and instruments. The girls are now touring as a group this season in support of the album, kicking off at CSPS in Cedar Rapids.

Join me Tuesday, November 24th from 9-10am for an interview with Anne Heaton about the making of Winterbloom, plus hear non-holiday songs from each of these talented songwriters!


The Shells

It's a new day
And my time's not expired
Just want to reach the point
Where worrying becomes a desire
~ A New Day, The Shells

Carrie Welling from Colorado Springs, CO, Melanie Klaja from Buffalo, NY, and Jessica Rae Waltz from Nashville, TN met in New York City in 2005 and formed The Shells. After spending a while trying to use a long line of descriptions for their sound (like pop-rock-folk-alternative-country) they decided to coin their own term - “Cosmo Country”.  Released this October, their debut album Written Roads has a little bit of everything that is captured so well in the words Cosmo Country - a little twang, a little edge, a little grit, a little sweetness and a whole lot of honesty. 

Tune in to Lyrical Venus on Tuesday 11/17 for an interview with The Shells plus other great music by female singer-songwriters.  The Shells will call at 9:30am Central.  Read more about The Shells on LyricalVenus.com

Boh Runga photo byMelanie Nissen Lie to me
I listen even though I know
you're bad for me
Oh Evelyn
~ Evelyn, Boh Runga

New Zealand rock royalty Boh Runga spent several successful years fronting her band Stellar.  When she decided to record her next album in Los Angeles, she also decide to step out under her own name.  The resulting Right Here is full of catchy hooks, rich rock, all threaded through with Boh's pop-perfect voice.

Join me Tues at 9am for a set of tunes from Boh's new album, plus more of the usual Lyrical Venus type of tunes the rest of the hour.  I was also able to get an email interview with Boh, click here to read it.

Sue KrehbielDusty Cleveland doesn't seem that long ago
to four boys in grade school running down that dusty road
to find the precious oriole.
~ Sue Krehbiel, Dusty Cleveland

Music has been of Colorado songwriter Sue Krehbiel's life for as long as she can remember, starting out harmonizing with her dad at neighborhood sing-alongs as a kid.  It has only been in the more recent times though that Sue has stepped forward to perform on her own, thanks to the coaxing and encouragement of her friends.  You wouldn't know it - from her assured presence and beautiful guitar work on stage and in her debut CD, Dusty Cleveland, Sue seems like a pro who has been performing for years.

Tune in to Lyrical Venus on Tuesday 10/20 for an interview with Sue plus other great music by female singer-songwriters.  Sue will call at 9:30am.

Singer-songwriter Kait BerreckmanWell I guess I stole his heart
Cause when I got into his car
he asked me how do you feel?
And I said, I'm a theif not a liar
I'd rather just keep my mouth shut
~ Kait Berreckman, Theif

I can't remember if it was first on the open stage or around one of the song circles that Kait Berreckman first wowed me out at Rocky Mountain Song School in Colorado, but boy did she ever! I loved the way she told her stories through songs - simple little jewels that cut through with flashes of sharp insight into human nature.

A native of Nebraska, Kait is currently studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and playing at local venues like Club Passim where she recorded her newly released live EP called Without A Bullet.

Hallie Pritts with Boca Chica It's double dose of musical goodness on Lyrical Venus this week! 

First off we'll talk with Hallie Pritts, frontwoman of the indie-folk group Boca Chica from Pittsburgh.  Their second full-length CD, Lace Up Your Workboots, finds the band expanding to add more lush layers of sound while maintaining that hip-yet-vintage flavor so unique to Boca Chica. 

Dejha ColantuonoNext we'll talk to New York rocker Dejha Colantuono about her first solo album, Tea and Vodka.  No stranger to the music scene, Dejha has fronted a number of Seattle bands, including 3DS&M, the Pin-Ups, Rotten Apples, and Ragazza.  Her solo album is informed by a variety of influences, but is all tied together with her amazing voice. 

Tune in Tues 10/6 from 9-10 am for the interviews with Hallie Pritts and Dejha Colantuono!

Coyote GraceI first met Joe of Coyote Grace at Rocky Mountain Song School two years ago.  He let me borrow his guitar during a song circle, and that simple, kind gesture meant a lot to me as a nervous newbie!  Then Coyote Grace went on tour with Melissa Ferrick and I saw Joe and Ingrid perform together at The Mill in Iowa City.

Now the fantastic folk duo is coming back through Iowa as part of their tour supporting their brand new studio album, Ear to the Ground.  The delightful album will have you tapping your toes and humming along on the first listen.

 Tune in to Lyrical Venus for the interview with Coyote Grace.  Lyrical Venus 9-10am, interview at 9:30!

Iowa Women's Music Festival 2009 logoThis weekend the Iowa Women's Music Festival will be celebrating their 16th year of bringing great line-ups of women musicians to the outdoor stage in Iowa City.

This year's performers on the Saturday day-stage are Michelle Shocked, Carolyn Wonderland with Shelley King, Cosy Sheridan, Tracy Walker, and Lynne Rothrock and Friends, with high-energy emcee Kim-Char Meredith.

This week on Lyrical Venus I'll play songs by a few of the performers and interview Laurie Haag, one of the festival organizers.

We'll also have a set of sun songs in honor of the KRUU solar panels going live on 9-9-09!

Tune in Tuesday 9-10am for Lyrical Venus.


Mary McAdamsThe cities and towns are in trouble
as the factories run out of luck
but the kids keep blowing bubbles
and the bubbles keep floating up
~ Bubbles, Mary McAdams

Des Moines based singer-songwriter Mary McAdams has been supporting area musicians of all sorts for years, from teaching music to students in the schools to hosting the Open Mic at Ritual Cafe, so it's great to see her out there with her own brand new album! 

Her self-titled debut tackles a broad range of topics - from keeping the spark alive in married life to corporate greed (and that's just the first two songs!), but all told from the lens of Everywoman.  Putting on on the CD is kind of like sitting down with a dear friend and a pot of tea and catching up on the past couple years, chatting openly about everything near to her heart lately.  That's not to say it's sleepy or quiet, quite the opposite!  The lush, layered production rocks, and Mary's voice soars above it all to drive those stories home.

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