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Winter Songs
Rock Paper Scissors

It's cold outside but there's plenty of good music on the radio to give you warm fuzzies! Tune in for a set off the Hotel Cafe Winter Songs compilation with new originals and fun new takes on classic songs by the talented ladies from The Hotel Cafe Tour.

We'll also have a sneak preview set from the brand new album by some other talented ladies - the Fairfield band Rock Paper Scissors. They are releasing the album this Friday the 19th! (click the pictures for more info about the albums)

Moira Smiley and VOCOWhen we are born under the sky
We wonder what makes it oh so blue
Every day I blink with wonder
That's why the stars are blinking too
~Deep Blue, Moira Smiley & VOCO

You might not notice them a first glance, but check out the boots on the ladies of VOCO.  More than just a fashion statement, the boots are actually an important part of their act!  The wide variety of music they perform, from original folk to traditional ballads, make VOCO a little hard to categorize. One thing that makes them stand out above and beyond their gorgeous harmonies is their body percussion sets.  And that's where the boots come in - slapping their ankles is a lot louder (and probably less painful) with boots!

Join me Tuesday from 9-10 am for lots of lovely music of the Lyrical Venus type, and for an interview with VOCO's arranger/composer Moira Smiley!

Truckstop SouvenirI cannot say my daddy farmed these fields
and I cannot say my mama roamed these hills
I've been high in the mountains, in the desert and by the sea
and now this rolling land is calling me.
~ Song For Iowa, Lauryn Shapter

I've been eagerly awaiting the new CD by husband and wife Americana duo Truckstop Souvenir for a while now, and the release party is this weekend!  Under A Big Blue Sky was recorded in Lauryn and Dennis' home studio here in Fairfield, which is no easy trick with all the frequent trains passing by.  

And you just may hear a train whistle during their interview on Lyrical Venus this Tuesday, what with the station being right by the tracks!  Luckily it's a nostalgic sound that fits with their themes - dusty roads, wide rivers, tiny mining towns, old time rodeos and lonely motels. 

If you need an escape to the good ole days, tune in at 9am for some Lyrical Venus-y tunes, and the Truckstop Souvenir interview at 9:30.

Ellis and Terri
After a fabulous concert this past February, many Fairfielders are looking forward to the return of Ellis for a concert this weekend.  What many may not know is she is also bringing booking agent/artist Terri Mazurek, and the two of them will be presenting a workshop on Sunday entitled "Making a Living Making Music in the 21st Century."  Topics include: how to set direction for your music career, how to find an audience for your music, promotion and marketing ideas, and how to plan/book your own tours. All levels of performing musicians are welcome, from those just starting out to touring musicians.

I met Ellis and Terri in person at the Rocky Mountain Song School and they are both the kind of vibrant, funny, sweet and down-to-earth people you just want to hang out with!

Join me on Lyrical Venus for great music and an interview with Ellis and Terri to hear about their most recent projects and current great ideas!

Well I'm not sure what stars aligned but somehow I'm lucky enough to have three great artists calling in this week!

Rachel Ries and Anais MitchellAnaïs Mitchell and Rachel Ries are returning to Fairfield this weekend as part of their tour in support of their duo project - Country EP.  The sweet little gem of a record was put out on vinyl by Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records.  The gals harmonize on a handpicked few ofRachael Sage each other's songs plus one by their friend Louis Ledford to make up a low-fi, honey jangly, down-home, vintage sounding collection.

After that we'll hear from New York's award-winning, quirky folk-pop diva Rachael Sage.  Her 8th solo album Chandelier was released this summer and it's as sparking as they say, with glam guitars, twinkling piano and a bright horn section.  My only disappointment is that I didn't discover her music earlier!

Tune in Tuesday from 9-10 am to hear from all these amazing ladies!

Marykate O'NeilNow you live in New Jersey
You have 3 kids and you're busy
fighting the gridlock off of 95
and I live back in the Village
where there's no more any signs of Dylan
I burn a candle by wearing stripes all the time
~ Green Street, Marykate O'Neil

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Marykate O'Neil just released her third solo project, mkULTRA, at the end of October. Marykate's brand of city-smart retro-pop will land in your ears like a square of dark chocolate melts on your tongue - with just the right balance of bitter and sweet. Yum.

Tune in Tuesday from 9-10am for a live interview with Marykate and to hear tracks from her new EP mkULTRA, plus other Lyrical Venus-y goodness.

Flags on the Fairfield SquareIt's November 4th. 

Polls are open from 7am-9pm.  As long as you're in line by 9pm you're good to go.  But here's hoping this playlist inspires you to get out there earlier than that.  (And if you already voted in Jefferson County, I'll be helping count your ballot as part of the Absentee/Early Ballot Board today.)

Tune in from 9-10am for songs about our country, independence, and the power of a single person to make a difference. 

And as always on Lyrical Venus, all the songs are by fabulous female singer-songwriters!

Brooke Brown Saracino Ok meet me in the back of this smokeless bar
With the ghosts of cigarrettes midnight brawls
I'll breathe you in and I'll fight you out
~ Smokeless Bar, Brooke Brown Saracino

Brooke describes her sophomore release Stranger’s Story as minimal and melancholy with a playful sound. While her debut album Treading Water included trumpet, accordion and drums on some tracks, Stranger’s Story is stripped down to just Brooke and her guitar, with the occasional ukulele, xylophone, fiddle and kazoo layered in.

A truly independent artist, Brooke did all the recording, editing, mixing
and production on the album herself. Her music has won her honors in
the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Singer/Songwriter showcase every year
since 2005, and she was selected to perform at this year’s Falcon Ridge
Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase.

Jen FosterAnd there you go again spinning all your wheels
You never know what you’ve got until you lose it
And here I am still waiting after all these years

~ Jen Foster, Venice Beach

Award winning Nashville singer-songwriter Jen Foster has a wide range of styles in her songs - from sweet, down-tempo melodies to all out rockers.  And she's a busy bee!  Besides writing and recording songs, she's winning contests right and left, getting song placements in TV shows and movies, making music videos and more.  And all that is on her own label Fosterchild Records! 

Join me Tuesday from 9-10am for great music by female singer-songwriters, an interview with Jen and to hear tracks from her new EP - Songs from Thirty Nine

Jana PochopTook an offer for a ride to Amarillo
It was 23 miles by a drunken crow
Be careful who you talk to when you roll down your window
And you can't call home
~ Paper Rock Scissors, Jana Pochop

My fellow musician, blogger and internet buddy Jana Pochop (that'd be with a silent “h”) has just released her new EP The Early Year. The Austin based history major turned singer-songwriter has had a jam packed year, from going to Folk Music Grad school to putting out the EP (which includes playing all the instruments you hear on the album!) to touring as a Merch girl with the Grammy winning Susan Gibson and more.

Join me Tuesday from 9-10 am for great music by female singer-songwriters, an interview with Jana and to hear tracks from her new EP!

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