The final edition of “In Her Words” aired over two hours last night. I cobbled together some short interviews and insights by some of my favorite Women artists. The first hour includes Kaia Kater, Allison DeGroot with Tatiana Hargreaves, Laurie Lewis and Amanda Ann Platt. The second hour features Kate Lorenz, Liz Frame, Letitia VanSant, Pamela Means, Nora Jane Struthers and Christa Joy. Each artist introduces a song or two; most of them speak to some element of Women’s Herstory in their songwriting.
In honor of Women’s Herstory Month, Nine Volt Heart has compiled some of our favorite women artists to feature. In the last few years, I’ve spoken with nearly one hundred women song writers, singers and pickers. In this episode, I’ve culled a few interviews from Amythyst Kiah, Heather Maloney, Emma June, Lindsay Lou, Maya DeVitry, and Dori Freeman. These segments include song introductions and inspirations “in Her Words”.
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen’s latest album, “If You Can’t Stand the Heat” was nominated for Best Bluegrass album by the Grammy Awards. His mandolin playing earned him nods by the IBMA and his band won “Best Instrumental Group” from the International Bluegrass Music Association as well. My segment with Frank covers a lot of his musical and personal biography from Alaska to playing in the US Navy band. We talk about his highly accomplished band, Dirty Kitchen and his love of cooking. Along the way we listen to three songs he recorded; the Box Top’s “The Letter”, Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” and an original from his latest called “Crave”
Nora Jane Struthers has just released a brand new release called “Bright Lights Long Drives First Words” which documents her brand new dilemma. Nora Jane and band mate and husband Joe Overton have a one year old daughter. While this journey has been long desired, these new songs speak of the potential conflicts of both being a new mom and a touring musician. We talk about these issues and much more in this segment. It also includes the songs, “Nice to be Back Home”, “Band Family” and “A Good Thing” from her latest two releases. She will be appearing at Northampton’s Parlor Room on 3/7th.
Corey Laitman was my guest on Nine Volt Heart on 2/15/20. They are a recipient of 2018 Passim Iguana Fund to help fund their latest project. The songs on their latest release are “lush, compelling and deeply human”We talked quite a bit about songwriting and poetry focusing on their latest release called “Seafoam”released in 2018.
Our set of music included “Marching Band” from Seafoam, a live in-studio version of “Carnival”, “The Well” from the latest release, a gorgeous version of “Tuscon” live. The CD version of “Barn Owl” is followed by a new song on ukele called “Soft as the Mouths”.
Corey is curating a series of live shows at Northampton’s Majestic called “Shut Up and Listen to the Music”; the next one happening on 2/20 along with Sister Jawbone and Julie Cira and the Wake. Corey also appears at Greenfield’s Root Cellar on 2/22,and Cambridge’s Club Passim on 2/25.
Dominick Leslie is one of the bright young mandolinists of his generation. Selected to be one of the Young American Mandolin Ensemble representing in France, Dominick has studied with the very best. David Grisman, Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Andy Statman, Mike Compton and countless others have made him one of the “go to” mando played for many a spontaneous ensemble. Last summer’s Green Mountain Bluegrass and Roots festival included Dom in their all star “Strength in Numbers” tribute, for example. Dominick is a highly sought-after collaborator as evidenced by his numerous side projects including Sam Reider and His Human Hands, Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers, The Bee Eaters, Missy Raines and the New Hip, Grant Gordy Quartet, and The Deadly Gentlemen.
This month he’s touring with the fabulous instrumental quartet, Hawktail. The band also includes Brittany Haas on fiddle, Paul Kowert on bass and Jordan Tice on guitar. They will be appearing at The Academy of Music’s Back Porch Festival on Saturday 2/29 as part of the bluegrass bill with the Travelin McCoury’s and Della Mae. Hawktail will also be performing a Parlor Session on Sunday 3/1 at Northampton’s Parlor Room.
Our interview includes a trio of tunes from the recently released album “Formations” including Annbjorg,Dandelion and Last One on the Line.
Ari and Mia along with Lucy Wise will be part of the Parlor Sessions Sunday 2/16 along with the Celtic trio KALOS. Mia Friedman was a guest in-studio for this segment and Lucy Wise called in for a short segment from NYC. We talked about their upcoming shows and their latest CD release Sew The City. We include a handful of the trio’s music as well. Give it a listen or better yet; consider attending the Parlor Session on Sunday!