I don't know what I want from you
I pretend that I do
I'm sure you see it in my eyes
I'm sure you feel it in my grip
I'm sure you hear it my voice
I'm sure you're hip
~ I'm Sure You're Hip, The Sweater Set
Friends as teens in a DC church choir, Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin reunited in 2008 when Maureen was selected as a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. Maureen knew Sara was pretty much the only person she could think of who would be able to do the high harmonies in her songs.
In their short time as a band, the women have been wowing audiences with quirky-smart, self-aware songs, beautifully intertwined soprano voices, and a plethora of musical instruments including guitar, ukulele, flute, glockenspiel and kazoo, to name a few!
Join me Tuesday, April 20th at 9am Central for an interview with Maureen and Sara! We'll finish off the second half of the hour with your weekly dose of more songs by female singer-songwriters.
Mainframe is calling my name
I can't get out, I'm the one to blame
There's no way out once you're in the flame
We must get out before it's too late
~ Mainframe, Nefertiti & the nefTUNES
When Nefertiti wrote an email of introduction, she described her music as "Acoustic Gangsterism" and went on to explain that the style "is a mix of reggae, hip-hop, folk, rock, soul, and blues. The music comes out sounding like Kanye West and Jill Scott's love child had a love child with Lauryn Hill and Lil' Wayne's love child, all grown-up." Needless to say, I was intrigued and had to find out more.
I can guarantee there hasn't been an artist like this on Lyrical Venus yet! Tune in at 9:30am Central on Tuesday 4/13 to meet this soulful, creative and independent spirit. We'll start the hour off with your weekly Lyrical Venus dose of female singer-songwriters at 9am.
Coyote Grace is the Folk/Roots/Grass/Indie/Blues/Left/Love/Yes duo of Joe Stevens and Ingrid Elizabeth. Energetic and engaging performers, the pair has the seasoned confidence that comes from years of touring, including one solid year back in 2007 on the road in an old RV named Harvey.
Fresh off a whirlwind tour with folk legends the Indigo Girls, Coyote Grace is headed East from their homebase in Northern California and will be arriving in Iowa mid-April for shows in Des Moines (4/17) and Fairfield (4/18).
Join me this Tuesday, April 6th for an interview with Miss Grace herself. We'll start off the morning with some tunes and Ingrid will call in around 9:30am Central.
There's something there that's always on my mind
It hurts me right down to the core
Something that I just can't redescribe
Always there, can't close the door
~ Between You and Me, Lexie Shine
L.A. based singer-songwriter Lexie Shine does just that. With a delivery that is passionate and raw, her songs glow from inside out. Whether they are flirty or funny, romantic or rockin' there is always a familiar thread for the listener to find their way to relating to Lexie's song, and a catchy hook that will have you humming long after you press stop.
Join me Tuesday from 9-10am Central for your weekly dose of women in music! Music for the first half, then Lexie will call in at around 9:30am.
We talked a long winding road
while I press my ear against the phone
to hear the changes in your face
as we spoke about songs
~ Honey, Jan Smith
Lyrical Venus welcomes back Jan Smith to talk about her upcoming album, as well as getting a sneak preview of some of the new tracks. Her poetry is arresting, her assured guitar chugs and clickety-clacks like a steam engine, her voice lays bare the heart (hers and yours). Tune in for this treat!
Lyrical Venus starts at 9am Central, Jan will call in around 9:30am.
Sweet Talk Radio is the husband and wife team of Kathrin Shorr and Tim Burlingame. With a sound that has been described as alt-folk or americana-pop, the seasoned musicians have that magic chemistry of two people who have each others backs, and are passionate about making music. As they seamlessly trade vocals, guitar riffs and even instruments, they always give their songs room to breathe. The metaphors and imagery in the lyrics paint characters and whole relationships with just a few well chosen words.
Sweet Talk Radio will be at Cafe Paradiso on Saturday March 20th at 8pm. Previous Lyrical Venus guest Mary McAdams will open that show!
Tune in to Lyrical Venus this Tuesday, March 15th from 9-10am Central and get to know Sweet Talk Radio! Interview at 9:30am.
San Francisco based piano-pop trio True Margrit is fronted by singer-songwriter and piano-player Margrit Eichler. Backed by Gary Hobish on bass and Andrew Bacon on drums, Margrit delivers her intelligent, upbeat songs with just enough pop flavor to be head-boppingly catchy, and just enough indie quirk to keep your ears on their toes. Their newest album, The Juggler's Progress, is the fifth release for the band that has been described as "Aimee Mann & Ben Folds meet the Decemberists for speed Scrabble."
This morning I woke up grey
Just like this cloudy day
Still haven't made up my mind
Whether to shine or to rain
~ Between The Earth & The Sky, Laura Meyer
Laura Meyer lists New York City as her base, but between moving often while growing up and her extensive touring, it seems that this independent artist is also an independent spirit, able to find beauty wherever she lands. Her latest album, Miles From Nowhere, supports that idea, capturing slices of the traveling life from New Orleans to Colorado, Carolina and back to New York. Painting word pictures with a shimmering, smokey voice, Laura supports her little road vignettes with deft finger-picking and crunchy blues riffs in turn, providing as much of a trip for your ears as your imagination.
Tune in to Lyrical Venus Tuesday March 2nd from 9-10am Central for your weekly dose of female singer-songwriters! Laura will be calling around 9:30.
You'll find New York singer-songwriter and multi-intrumentalist Bess Rogers' name on a lot of projects these days. Whether it's for touring, backup, podcasting, YouTube shorts or television performances, her talents are in high demand! Bess' Travel Back EP takes the listener on a trip through a rich, varied aural landscape. In less than 20 minutes you can go from rip-roarin', foot-stompin', hand-clappin' rockers to stripped down, bittersweet, vocal showcasers and back again. I have a feeling Bess' name is going to keep popping up a lot more for years to come, I don't see how anything could hold her down!
Tune in to Lyrical Venus Tuesday morning from 9-10am Central for great music by female singer-songwriters! Interview with Bess starts at 9:30.
I'm coming home to you
Like a lighthouse in the dark
I reach for you whenever we're apart
~ Coming Home to You, Ellis
Minnesota-based singer-songwriter Ellis has been busy since her last visit to Fairfield, including working on a new album and showcasing at the Sundance Film Festival! With her sweet voice, gigantic grin and heart-opening songs, I'm sure she made a whole bunch more new fans.
New fans and longtime fans in the area can see her live at Cafe Paradiso on Saturday 2/13 at 8pm!
Tune in to Lyrical Venus on Tuesday morning to catch up with Ellis. The show starts at 9:00 am central, Ellis will call in around 9:30.