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Victoria TrestrailI'm on my way to see the king
I wear my finest things
They will tell the story for
Ten thousand years and more
~ The Traveller, Victoria Trestrail

Born and raised on the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean, Victoria Trestrail's heritage is Venezuelan, Scottish, Portuguese, German and English. Those varied backgrounds peek through her music, from wild gypsy dance and grooving Latin rhythms to melancholy heartbreak songs, all woven through with her haunting voice. A poet for 20 years and songwriter for 2, Victoria is also a self-taught audio engineer and producer.

Join me from 9-10 am Tuesday for an interview with Victoria plus some new music I brought back from the Rocky Mountain Song School & Folks Fest. Interview will start shortly after 9.

 

Nathalie NahaiYou've been playing a tired game
Spinning silver from your tongue
Baby you may have your wicked way
But who will have you when the day is done?
~ Nathalie Nahai, Sly Girl

London-born singer-songwriter Nathalie Nahai was classically trained on violin and self-taught on guitar.  Blend that together with her French, Iranian, Scottish and Gibraltarian heritage and her fascination with tarot and out emerges a lovely collection of bluesy folk songs with occasional twinges of country.  Her smooth voice flows over bittersweet lyrics like caramel into hot coffee for a delicious aural treat that perks up your ears!

Tune in to Lyrical Venus every Tuesday morning from 9-10am for lovely music by female singer-songwriters!  Nathalie will be calling in around 9:30.

 

Jessie Murphy - In The WoodsThis Tuesday on Lyrical Venus we'll have a double-header with interviews from two fabulous and completely different bands calling in from both coasts!

First we'll have Jessie Murphy - In The Woods calling in from New York City. The trio combines indie pop with dark humor and classical sensibilities. They have been described as "Vampire Seeing BlindWeekend meets Neko Case meets The Carter Family at a salon hosted jointly by Stevie Nicks and Emily Dickinson."

After that we'll hear from Seeing Blind, the Indie Alt-Rock group from Seattle. Seeing Blind also incorporates classical instruments in their music in fresh and unexpected ways! Comparisons to Zappa, Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley, and Ani DiFranco have been made in an attempt to describe Seeing Blind's unique style of music.

Tune in from 9-10 am this Tuesday to hear from both of these amazing bands!

Adrina Thorpe Halflight and Shadows Album CoverFlawed I am and flawed I will remain.
Broken since the day the package opened.
Yearn with tattered wings to try to fly.
Ache to find the strength to say goodbye
to this impossible dream.
~ Impossible Dream, Adrina Thorpe

California singer-songwriter and pianist Adrina Thorpe released her sophomore album, Halflight and Shadows, a little less than a month ago and wow, what a treat!  Not only is each song great on it's own, but as a whole the album has a subtle implied story of a character starting in a dark and broken place and growing through transformations to embrace light and beauty.  Adrina's soaring vocals and deft fingerings would fit perfectly on a playlist with other piano divas like Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, but don't take my word for it - tune in to the Lyrical Venus Radio Hour from 9-10am on Tuesday and find out for yourself!

We'll start out with some new preview tunes from Imogen Heap and Ingrid Michaelson's new albums and songs from upcoming artists to be interviewed on the show.  Interview with Adrina starts at 9:30.

Singer-Songwriter Kim Brown

Knee deep in dirty water
Lessons always seem to come hard
For the teacher's middle daughter
~Kim Brown, Knee Deep

Kim Brown is a Canadian singer-songwriter with a fantastic sound. Her rocking tunes are full of heart and soul and backed by a variety of instruments: acoustic & electric guitar, bass, piano, synths, and more, even viola! The catchy hooks have me grooving my head to the beat and hitting the repeat button over and over. Her bio says she has written hundreds of songs and has professionally recorded since the 1980’s. I'll feature Kim on Lyrical Venus this morning with a set of four of her great songs!

Singer-Songwriter JenningsYou claim I'm dramatic
I'm not made of plastic
I just am femtastic

~ Jennings, Femtastic

While throwing around names like Sarah McLachan, Imogen Heap, Tori Amos and Moby will help you figure out what general category to put Jennings into, she definitely has her own unique sound. Her piano-driven electronica-pop would definitely fit nicely into a music library with those other greats, but you wouldn't mistake her for any of them. Jennings' music is sweet, lush, powerful and full of great hooks, and intelligent and meaningful to boot! I love it!

Tune in Tuesday from 9-10am for the Lyrical Venus Radio hour, including an interview with Jennings shortly after 9!

Juli Crockett of The EvangenitalsHello my eyes, I must apologize
For all my fears
Though I was blind, you saw so clear
~ Hello, The Evangenitals

One of Fairfield's favorite drummers, David Hurlin, has been living in LA and playing with the alt-country, love drunk, hillybilly rock, freak-folk revolution band known as The Evangenitals for some time now.  Band leader and main songwriter Juli Crockett is a fountain of inspiration, energy and creativity with multiple degrees and titles - a BFA in Theater, an MFA in directing, and she's working on a PhD in Philosophy.  She's an ordained minister of the ULC and a retired, undefeated professional boxer!  What kind of music would come from such varied life experience?  One of my favorite descriptions on the band website is: "The jukebox at the Mad Hatter’s tea party."

The band's current project is a musical called Dawn of Quixote: Chapter the First.  Written and directed by Juli, the philosophical and musical exploration of the first chapter of Don Quixote features a live original score performed by The Evangenitals.  They have been invited to perform at the prestigious Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland this August!

Join me Tuesday from 9-10 am for a mini Michael Jackson tribute of covers by female singer-songwriters, plus the interview with Juli!

Lisa BiancoWe communicate, we appreciate
That we are in contact some way
We forget that we are the living ones
Bound by chips and soldiered wires
~ Post Data/We Communicate, Lisa Bianco

I fell in love with Lisa Bianco's music right away for the rockin', catchy, crunchy wall of sound on the title track of her album Post Data.  Then on a trip back from the airport I was listening to her CD in the car and I was able to catch more of the lyrics than on my previous listens and I started liking the songs even better!  Fun and introspective?  Loud and intimate? Yes, Lisa's music is all that and more. 

Find out for yourself - Tune in Tuesday from 9-10am Central for Lyrical Venus-y goodness plus an interview with Lisa at 9:30!

Raining JaneAt the end of the day
It's just a game that we play
And a fistful of paper tickets
Will get you nothing but a plastic ring

~ Pinball, Raining Jane

 

The all-women California band Raining Jane has had a lot of good stuff going on lately, like touring with Sara Bareilles and Willy Porter, and having a song featured on Grey's Anatomy! Right now they are in the midst of their month-long residency at The Hotel Cafe and working on writing some new songs to add to their already amazing catalogue of eclectic folk-rock.

Tune in Tuesday for an interview with (at least one member of) Raining Jane! I'll play some new arrivals/previews of coming interviews music starts at 9am, and the Raining Jane interview starts at 9:30.

Ember Swift - Lentic

So what does moonlight represent when it disappears?
Even if I can't see it is the light still here?
~ Eclipse, Ember Swift

Independent Canadian artist Ember Swift has been touring internationally since 1996, and has released 9 albums plus a DVD project in that time. In 2007 she finally realized a goal of traveling to China and has been splitting her time between Canada and China ever since. Her new project, Lentic, is a musical expression of her experiences in merging East and West - everything from the lyrics to the packaging to the instrumentation is a beautiful merging of languages and cultures, allowing the two to learn from, inform and celebrate each other.

Join me Tuesday from 9-10am for the Lyrical Venus Radio Hour, including songs from Ember's new project Lentic, plus an interview with Ember!

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