Saturday, September 30, 2017

Autumn Music Series: Iris DeMent

There is something about folk music in the fall that just fits. A nice violin conjures up the image of a barn at harvest time and the people of "our town" all coming together for an evening of music and fellowship.

Cue Iris DeMent's 1992 offering, "Our Town" from her debut album, Infamous Angel. I've adored this track for many years and it's a great addition to any fall playlist. Personally, I have always believed that every story ever told is some sort of iteration of Thornton Wilder's 1938 play of the same name. No doubt this is true of music as well.

Here's a great performance of the track with Emmylou Harris.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Autumn Music Series: Laura Veirs

It's been pretty hot up here in the North Woods but that didn't stop the calendar turning into my favorite season of the year...AUTUMN!! Of course, that means it's time to return to my favorite songs of this season which fit perfectly with a nice glass of Pinot Noir and a loved one with which to snuggle.

First up is Laura Veirs, who hails from Portland, Oregon by way of Carleton College in my home state of Minnesota. Her 2010 release, July Flame, has an amazing track on it called "Wild Eyed, Legless." The strings are gorgeous and lilting...her voice is nice and echo-y...the bird call guitars shimmer in the good for Fall....