Broken – New single for Tim

Sofia Talvik – Broken (Steelguitars in heaven)

I have found that the older you get, the harder it is to find new friends. I’m not talking about casual friendships where you meet up every now and then over a drink or a coffee, I’m talking about the kind of friendships where you can talk about everything, even your most private thoughts and feelings. I have also found that as an artist, finding musicians that will instantly get you and your music is very rare. A combination of the two is almost an impossible person to find. Yet, I found that with Tim.

I only knew Tim for about 4 years, but I feel like we knew each other a life time. He played on many of my recent recordings. He came with us on tours all over the U.S, and to Germany to record my album Paws of a Bear. Just two months ago we said good bye at the airport in Houston as he was flying home to L.A. We were supposed to do a 2 week tour together in Texas but all shows but three were canceled. It was the last time I saw him.

A few weeks later Tim wrote on Facebook that he thought he had contracted Covid 19. He messaged me and in a light tone wrote that he felt he’d pull through. The next day I got on a plane to Europe, and he went to the hospital. When I landed he was gone. It wasn’t Covid 19, but a heart attack that he had endured for some 4 days before seeking medical assistance. 4 days is a long time to not treat a heart attack. In a way I feel that the virus was what killed him. Not because he was infected, but because he thought he was, and we are told to stay at home until it’s critical – which he did.

Many times I thought I ought to write him a song. But somehow I never knew what to write about. It wasn’t hard to find the words this time, the hard thing was to not keep writing. I am sad he won’t get to hear it. I think he would have liked it.

I don’t have things I wish that I would have told him but never did. This is not that kind of song. But I do wish I could talk to him again, about all the little things we would always talk about.

I am very lucky to have some of Tim’s best friends and fellow musicians play and sing on this song with me. Thank you Guillermo Guzman, David Plenn, Lisa Finnie, Corrina Carter, Cynthia Brando and Dylan Thomas for doing this, though I know that it was hard. And thank you to Brad Colerick for inviting me to play Wine & Song that time when I first met Tim.

This song is for Tim, and everyone who loved him, and for all of you who lost someone, directly or indirectly from Covid 19.

New single about the pandemic

My tour might be canceled but that doesn’t mean that I have to stop the music from coming to you guys. As you know we’re doing live streamed concerts on Facebook for you to enjoy in your home, but I also wrote a brand new song about the pandemic. I live tracked it with my pedal steel player Tim Fleming before he headed back to CA last week. You can get it as a free – or pay what you want – download here on my website.

American Songwriter Magazine did an interview and premiered it on Monday the 23rd. Read all about it here!

Thank you also to all the radio DJs that already picked it up, and to County line Magazine for featuring the song!

Here is a little video of us live-tracking the tune.

New music video for Pharaohs and Friends

I started my U.S Spring Tour in New Mexico. New Mexico’s slogan is “Land of enchantment”, and you can see why in this video that we just released. I filmed it in White Sands National Monument, and it was just premiered by Glide Magazine. Here’s what they say about it:

 “A song that encourages escape amidst these unthinkable days. Talvik sings with a touch of the ethereal and offers intimate folk, mixing shades of Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos within a comfortable emotive package.

Tour canceled – NOT canceled

So shit hit the fan, and my concerts just like most other artists concerts are getting canceled one by one du to the outbreak. This is of course devastating for us, not just because it’s the way we pay for food and gas and rent, but also because we came such a long way for the tour.

We are trying to do the best of it and still keep people safe. So we have set up a Facebook group where we will be live streaming mini concerts for donations, and posting new songs as I write them here in my quarantine.

If you are not on Facebook, I’ll also post some live videos here on my website, and you can always help by getting my music digitally here:

If you want to chip in to keep the music coming you can click this pic:

Go here to join the group, and feel free to invite all your friends as well. Even though we’re in quarantine it doesn’t have to mean that we have to miss out on fun and music!

SxSW Canceled – not canceled

As you might have heard the big Austin festival SxSW has been canceled due to the Covid 19 scare. I was one of the official artists booked to showcase. At first I was saddened by the news, I have played SxSW many times before and was looking forward to coming back to promote my new album.

It didn’t take long though until the internet started bubbling with artists and venues that were determined that “the show must go on”. And since I am already on tour and in TX, I decided to keep my shows in Austin. It has been re-arranged a little bit but I am very happy to announce that we will be doing most of our planned gigs and a few new.

If you are concerned about the Covid-19, I can recommend my Lake Travis Library Concert on Friday the 20th, which was actually not part of SxSW to begin with. It will be a nice, low-key concert away from the hustle and bustle downtown.

For you Folk Lovers I am taking part in Austin Folk Festival which is held at Eastciders. My show there is Wednesday 18th at 7pm, but you should stay for the whole evening as there will be a bunch of great folk artists.

If you – like me are looking forward to all the fun day parties and music around downtown and S Congress I am returning to my favorite hat shop – Goorin Brothers on Saturday 21st at 2pm, and will head over for a stunning sunset concert at JW Marriot Roof Top Terrace at 6pm the same day.

I will be accompanied by my pedal steel player Tim Fleming for these, and more shows around TX.

Hope to see you!