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DualityDuality: Very Happy Guests

First of all... You know her as Lyrical Venus, but Heather Miller-Rodriguez, this woman who faithfully brings all this glorious and delicious music to you every week is also quite a songstress herself.

Heather hosts house concerts and travels the country honing her craft. She participates with me in songwriting contests and her style is exquisite and heart-pulling. You can sample and download some right here

And just who am I? I am Denise Hudson, of Duality. I have been on the show before, and have been asked with my duo partner Joe "Covenant" Lamb to sub for Heather while she is off being a pirate on vacation. We have a lot of fun in store for you!

Read more about the all the artists featured on the 11/30 show on LyricalVenus.com, and tune in from 9-10am Central US to hear them!

Lyrical Venus Eats Music

I'm on vacation in Colombia this week, but thanks to the powers of the interwebs, I am able to beam you a delicious feast for your ears all the way from Medellin.

This carefully crafted musical meal may make more sense if you check out the playlist, but once you get home, and after some dancing in the kitchen, if you're hungry, there are potatoes, cranberries, celery, nutritious whole grains, even a few pistachios and cupcakes!

Happy Thanksgiving from Lyrical Venus! Tune in Tuesday 11/23 from 9-10am Central and don't miss a (sound)bite!

P.S. Musical feasts are for listening only, please don't eat your iPod.

Ember SwiftI went down backwards into time that day. I didn't even know I wanted to stay - So Nice, Lentic, Ember Swift

Canadian folk powerhouse Ember Swift has been splitting her time between China and her country of birth the past few years. Mixing the languages and instruments of both her homes and including influences from all over the world, Ember has created an exciting Folktronica project she calls "Lentic". She will be bringing her new songs and old favorites to Café Paradiso this Friday! Join me in catching up with Ember this Tuesday, November 16th at 9:30am Central. Don't miss your weekly dose of great music by great women starting at 9am.

Annie WenzIt was early June
The Chattanooga sky was red
The sun was falling down
~ Hallelujah Rose, Annie Wenz

It's a little hard to know where to start when trying to describe the amazing Annie Wenz.  To name just a few, in no particular order, Annie is a biker chick, yoga instructor, RN, songwriting teacher, percussionist, world traveler, and activist.  Also a multi-instrumentalist, Annie's honeyed voice is just as at home in a rockin' bluesy number as it is with a sparse and sweet piano ballad.  Her brand new, Ride The Sky, is Annie's first lyrical album in many years, her next most recent previous release being an instrumental world journey via indigenous flutes from a variety of cultures.

Coyote Grace

Have you no song child?
Come rest your head upon my knee
~ Runaround, Coyote Grace

The dynamic duo Coyote Grace is taking the folk world by storm these days, opening for the likes of The Indigo Girls and Girlyman.  Joe Stevens & Ingrid Elizabeth are returning to Fairfield on November 14th to rock Cafe Paradiso with their sweet harmonies, visually rich lyrics, and bluesy, rollicking rhythms.  

Join me Tuesday, November 9th from 9-10am Central for interviews with Annie (9:00) and Ingrid (9:30)!

Jana PochopRapid City back to Austin in a dash
Take the red high with you in a cup
so you don't crash

~ Resurrection Buzz, Jana Pochop

Two years ago, round about this time, we got to hear Jana Pochop's The Early Year EP, and it was mentioned that it was to be one in a series of three. Resurrection Buzz is EP number two.  Picking up where The Early Year left off, Resurrection Buzz features the same talents in instrumentation and production, and weaves a modern Americana style tale of life on the road by someone who has truly experienced it.

Join me Tuesday, November 2nd from 9-10am Central for your weekly dose of music by female singer-songwriters and to catch up with Jana.  She will be calling in at 9:30.

Alicia McGovernSo many songs about trains
Too many to count
So many songs about trains
you think I'd be leavin',
you think I'd be leavin' by now
~ So Many Songs, Alicia McGovern

Alicia McGovern's sophomore album is the sonic equivalent of a stop animation video. Quivering, fluid, delicate, with soft edges, a touch of vintage aesthetic, full of whimsical surprises and the the occasional quirky left turn, Words Through the Seasons is a true delight.  Fans of Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky will feel right at home with Alicia's music.

Join me Tuesday, October 26th from 9-10am Central for your weekly dose of music by female singer-songwriters and to get to know Alicia.  She will be calling in at 9:00.

Sarah SampleI have got a feeling
Can't see the ceiling over my head
I'm ready, make my hand steady
~ I'm Ready, Sarah Sample

Her newly released, third full-length album is titled Someday, Someday, but if Sarah Sample is referencing her music career, I'd say the day has already arrived.  

Press play and Sarah's sweet voice washes over you, feather-light on some tracks, smoldering on others.  That just gives you a brief idea of the range Sarah can cover.  Knowing that she's been a finalist in just about any folk songwriting contest you can name should give you even further evidence to her talents.

Sarah will bring her energetic, sincere folk-rock to Cafe Paradiso on Saturday, Oct. 23rd.  Get to know her a little before then by tuning in to the Lyrical Venus Radio Hour from 9-10am Central this Tuesday, Oct. 19th.  Music by many other amazing women for the first half, Sarah will be calling at about 9:30. Read more on the new album over at lyricalvenus.com


Ember SchragGrant me two months in the hills
To weep with my maidens
For I'll never marry a man
Or kiss my sweet children
Jephthah's Daughter, Ember Schrag

A credit to her name, Nebraska singer-songwriter Ember Schrag's music burns slow, low and steady. Her most recent release, an EP called Jephthah's Daughter, features Ember unadorned with anything other than her guitar.  Her sweet, soaring vocals will warm your heart, her agile delivery and intelligent lyrics keep your attention.  Like a prairie wildflower gift in the hands of a young child, each song is full of small, delightful surprises.

Join me Tuesday, October 12th from 9-10am Central for your weekly dose of female singer-songwriters.  Ember will be calling in around 9:30.

EllisRight on time
You are right on time
~ Right on Time, Ellis

Fairfield favorite Ellis is returning to Cafe Paradiso on Saturday October 9th celebrate the release of her brand new CD called Right On Time.  I can't tell you how many times the chorus of that title track has been through my head since I first heard it.  I can tell you that each time I hear Ellis' sweet voice and picture her smiling face singing it, I slow down, breathe a little easier, and feel a little better about my day.  The new CD is "Ellis’ seventh full-length recording and it signals a shift towards greater ease and self-assurance with her art." 

Join me Tuesday from 9-10am Central for your weekly dose of music by female singer-songwriters and get a chance to catch up with Ellis at 9:30am.

Emma HillPoor little girl with a big bad crush 

We're hanging on the line 

between too much & not enough 

~ One Glass Too Many, Emma Hill

Portland-based singer-songwriter Emma Hill grew up in Alaska and is currently touring the country.  Seeing Emma's success across her home state and hearing her smoky, mature voice and lyrics, it may come as a shock to find out she is only 22 years old.  Her Americana flavored folk leans more in the direction of vintage than twang and somehow manages to both sooth and tug on the heartstrings at the same time.

Join me Tuesday, September 21st at 9am Central Time for an interview with Emma, followed by your weekly dose of music by female singer songwriters!

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