Slowly coursing despite the pressure of planetary strains
The earth spins the clocks tick the ceiling fan ignores
~Blown Asunder, Driftwood Fire
Mixing singer-songwriter, jazz and Appalachian flavors into their sound, Driftwood Fire (Lynn Scharf, Charlotte Formichella and Jennifer "JJ" Jones) has been compared to artists like Vienna Teng,
Cowboy Junkies, The Ditty Bops and Gillian Welch. But their name alone evokes the feeling of their music - a late and quiet night on the beach with friends, a slight chill on your back off the waves, and barefoot toes toasty in the sand around a fire where everyone takes turns passing a guitar and sharing their stories. They'll be in Des Moines Oct 3.
Tune in Tuesday at 9am to hear from the band!
I've been getting a bunch of new albums in to the station these days and there's so much good music to share! So tune in and meet some of my new musical friends like Lynette Diaz, Rebecca Folsom, Sarah Sample and more!
Goodbye youth, goodbye lust,
Welcome to the rest of your life,
Hey girl, say hello to the good stuff
~ Melissa Ferrick, Goodbye Youth
When I was at the Song School in August I had the pleasure of taking a creative writing class with performing singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick. The next day she sat down with me for a quick interview where she talked about the artists she was excited to see at the Folks Festival, staying ahead in the indie music industry, plus all about her new album Goodbye Youth. The album is released online and at concerts only starting today, with an "official street date" in January. Tune in Tuesday at 9am for the interview and some tracks off Melissa's new album, plus more Lyrical Venus-y goodness!
It’s a beautiful morning
Dressed up in summer and tied with a bow
Let’s be courageous and face tiny dangers
Let’s climb those fences
With signs that say “don’t”
~ Simple Things, Amy Kuney
This week I'll be interviewing singer-songwriter Amy Kuney. She's currently based out of Los Angeles and her album Bird's Eye View just came out last month. Amy has come a long way from the cinder-block home in Honduras she grew up in as a teen with her missionary parents - the quiet and simple life she lived there provided a fertile ground for her musical creativity. Amy's talents are the kind that catch the eye of established performers and inspire them to take her on tour with them. (She recently got back from a tour in Iceland with Damien Rice.) I personally love how her quirky/clever lyrics always catch me by surprise.
Tune in Tuesday at 9am and we'll kick off with some tunes by great female singer-songwriters before Amy calls in!
Beaucoup Shakti (Boo-Coo/ Shock-Tee) is Fairfield's newest musical ensemble and we'll get to hear from them live in the studio on Lyrical Venus this Tuesday! Beaucoup Shakti means "lots of creative energy/life force" and they are aptly named. With singer-songwriter Sharon Bousquet, multi-instrumentalist Eric Hurlin and vocalist Heather Love as the core members, this group sure packs a punch! (Vocalist Gemma Cohen often adds her beautiful harmonies to the mix.)
Tune in Tuesday at 9am for a taste, plus a few new tracks from more of the amazing gals I met out at Planet Bluegrass.
Apologies for the last minute blog, but I've just returned from Song School and Folks Fest in Colorado where my mind was blown away from all the awesomeness, and I haven't quite gotten it back yet. In any case, I'm playing a few songs from people I met or saw perform, and there's going to be a whole lot more of that in the next few weeks. Probably some cool interviews too! Stay tuned on Tuesdays from 9-10 am!
And if we’re lost, well we can circle back around
To the well, to the strength, to the home
To the love and to our common ground
~ Ellie Grace, Common Ground
Ok, I admit it, I have a thing for banjos. There's just something about that rich twangy sound that gets me every time. So this week I've gathered up a collection of songs by female singer-songwriters that feature banjos! We'll finish up the hour with an extended set of songs by Leela and Ellie Grace, the singing, dancing, harmonizing sisters extraordinare who many of you may remember from their past live Fairfield shows!
Join me from 9-10 am Tuesday for an hour of banjo babes - it'll be finger-pickin' good!
Last week in the mail I got three, count 'em, three pre-released albums
of great music, so that means a special sneak preview of new stuff for
Lyrical Venus listeners!
Alison Harris is a newcomer to the scene, but she is already being compared to greats such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. Tune in to hear a few from her debut album Smoke Rings in the Sky. Speaking of Joan Baez, I've got a few tracks off her new album Day After Tomorrow, (produced by Steve Earle) on the list. Joan Baez took Dar Williams under her wing back when Dar was just starting out, so it's appropriate that both of these ladies have albums coming out in September. Dar's new one is called Promised Land, and yes I'll play a few from that one too! Plus a few more good ones by female singer-songwriters to round out the hour. Tune in 9am Tuesday!
break me out tonight i wanna see the
sun rising anywhere but here
come with me, this could be
the only chance we get, we gotta take it
don't do it now we'll never make it
lose this crowd, break me out
~ The Rescues, Break Me Out
The Rescues have been described as an Indie Supergroup - three talented singer-songwriters and friends with solo careers, brought together to perform at another friend's wedding only to discover that the whole was more than the sum of the parts. And when you've got good parts to begin with, well - get ready to have your socks rocked! I'm betting you'll love the soaring harmonies, driving beats and heart-swelling ballads these three pump out time and again on their album Crazy Ever After as much as I do!
Join me on Tuesday at 9am for an interview with the two female thirds of The Rescues - Adrianne and Kyler. (Love you too Gabe!)
So remember how last week I mentioned that Claire Wellin plays the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on alternating performances? Well, I got lucky and got the other narrator (who is ALSO a talented songwriter) Lauren Davis, to come in for an interview this week! I can see why both of these gals got cast, they are both so good it's impossible to choose one or the other. In any case, it's too bad we don't have a piano in the broadcasting room, because this girl from Ohio can seriously tickle some ivories.
Tune in Tuesday at 9am to hear Lauren sing and talk about her songwriting and acting experiences.
Plus, as always, there will be some great music by female singer-songwriters, including a brand new one by Imogen Heap!