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Flowering Spring TreeI don't know about anyone else, but I've sure been enjoying all the flowering trees around town the past weeks.  Spring always seems to manage that brief but mindblowingly beautiful reward for sticking out the winter, and then the cloudy, rainy spring.  And you know what they say: "April showers bring May Flowers."  It's May now, so it's the perfect time for a show with songs by female singer-songwriters all about flowers!  I've picked a fresh musical bouquet with everything from roses to buttercups to gardenias, just for you.  :-)

Join me Tuesday from 9-10am to hear it!

The Lovell Sisters

Don't look at me that way,
I gotta head on down this road
Take your broken heart back home
I don't know where I'm gonna go,
but that don't mean I should stay
I keep these boots a walkin' till I reach my grave
I gotta take it slow
This heart just needs some time to grow

~ Time to Grow, The Lovell Sisters

Jessica (23), Megan (19) and Rebecca (18) Lovell are so passionate about bluegrass and Americana music, it may come as a shock to some how young they are to be playing in genre that many consider Old Time. But what they may lack in years they more than make up for in talent, devotion and enthusiasm! (Besides which, here at KRUU we know that good music is timeless and there's no age limit on enjoyment.) Both their playing and harmonies are tight in that way that only comes from years of a family living and performing together.

Jessica will be calling in at 9:30am to talk about their brand new release, Time to Grow, which came out digitally just last week.

Be sure to tune in for the first half of the show starting at 9am, I'll be playing some also brand new Ember Swift songs from her new folktronica project Lentic!

The Lovell Sisters
Yes, it's that time again - time for your weekly dose of music by female singer songwriters! I was recently sent an advance copy of the new album by the Lovell Sisters, a talented young trio who are winning songwriting awards right and left with their Americana style songs. They will be calling in for an interview in a couple of weeks, but I'll play you some songs off the album as a preview - before the album is even released!

Also listen for a couple from Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan who used to back up Damien Rice and is now stepping out into her own solo career.

I may even slip in a few songs with Easter references in honor of this weekend! :)  Tune in from 9-10am Tuesday morning to find out!

Lyrical Venus Album Cover Mosaic

It's always good for me to mix things up every once in while and look at them from a different angle.  Gets the idea juices going!

I was listening to my music library set to random on my laptop the other day and kept hearing songs by female singer-songwriters that I wanted to share for this week.  Sometimes the random setting reminds me of stuff I haven't played in a while, or makes me hear a song in a new light because it's set between two others I wouldn't choose on my own.  Lots of "Oh my goodness, I LOVE this song." moments sprinkled with, "Whoa, I didn't even remember I had this but I like it!"

Tune in to Lyrical Venus on Tuesday from 9-10 am and discover some new and old favorites for yourself!

Jessie FryeMaybe you'll go to Chicago and get a little peace of mind
and maybe you'll find
memories pieced together, people come undone
your heart is heavy with time
you sit and watch the world walk by
~ Birthmark, Jessie Frye

Singer-songwriter Jessie Frye hails from Texas, but don't expect a lot of twang from her. There are touches of it here and there, but much of the music is lush, piano driven pop, infused with soul and a bit of blues. One description of her music says it sounds like "if Oscar Wilde crawled inside of a piano and then drank a lot of espresso." Nice.

Tune in to the Lyrical Venus Radio Hour from 9-10 am Tuesday and hear for yourself! As always, we'll have some good tunes by female singer-songwriters and then the interview with Jessie, including some of her songs!

Wendy WallThere's a quiet and a still
It's nothing like you've ever seen
The way they lights cast on the hill
The light I'm seeing in a dream

~ Road to Paradise, Wendy Wall

The first thing that hits you on listening to Wendy Wall's music is her voice - rich and textured like a tapestry.  But if you keep listening you realize that the words are as beautifully woven as the vocal elements. Wendy's new album Road to Paradise charts a course full of "heartbreak, inner demons, deferred dreams and the sometimes seemingly unforgiving terms of life as an artist" in a way that pulls out the the lessons learned and emphasizes the transformations, in a way that everyone can relate.

Tune in Tuesday for an interview with Wendy!  The usual great dose of songs by female singer-songwriters starts at 9 am and the interview at 9:30.

Singer-Songwriter Lori Diamond
New England singer-songwriter Lori Diamond has just released her second album.  The songs on lush, piano-based Mystery speak of love, loss, gratitude and other facets of the human experience.  Her crystal clear voice and sparkling piano work also live up to her name!

Join me for an interview with Lori, plus a short set of Celtic music by female singer-songwriters in honor of St. Patrick's Day!

The Lyrical Venus Radio Hour 9-10am Central Tuesday Morning!  (Interview at 9:10)

Kathleen Taylor Smelling a Tomato


Treefrogs are singing, hoping that it rains
I'm sitting on my couch and I'm wishing for the same
but it's dry, dry, dry
in Gainesville today

~ Gainseville Today, Kathleen Taylor

Her bio says to "Think an Art Noveau princess with a pair of brass knuckles."  I think that fits Kathleen Taylor's music pretty well.  The Austin based singer-songwriter recently released her album Defy The World. To listen to it is to take a whimsical little adventure through Kathleen's various inspirations, as well as encountering a variety of creatures in the wild, or at least the wilderness of suburbia!

Join me Tuesday at 9am for an interview with Kathleen Taylor and to hear some of her songs! 

Paper Wings and Halo by Lori McKenna
It's been a long while since I did a themed show and I have one I've
been waiting a while to share. It's called Josephine, and it started
when I noticed I had a few songs in my library called Josephine. I
wondered how many other female singer-songwriters had chosen to write about women of that not-so-common-in-these-days name. Turns out there were at least 14 I could find easily!

Plus, it turns out there is a Saint Josephine, and February is her month!

This should be interesting, all the different genres and stories hanging around the one name. I hope you can tune in from 9-10 am and tell me what you think!

Lauren Zettler
Someone wrap themselves around me
Wear my edges down won't you please?

~ Shapes, Lauren Zettler

Lauren Zettler is a savvy DIY type of gal. The bio on her website talks about her journey to musicianhood, from the childhood dream, to the detours due bouts of practicalness, to the lightning-bolt epiphany that the “jealous tears”
at every musical performance she attended were probably not necessary
and that she should follow her heart.

Tune in Tuesday from 9-10am for music by great female singer-songwriters and for the interview with Lauren, including a preview of some tracks from her soon-to-be-released EP!

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