Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music.
[quote] The people in Talvik’s songs are weary, but they’ve also, miraculously, retained the stars in their eyes, those blazing gleams that they’ll be damned if they ever let get rattled or ripped from them. [/quote] – read more…
My Daytrotter session is released today, and for all of you who asked about which album the Wichita Lineman cover is on, and I’ve said none – here it is! For all of you who asked on which album the Swedish folk song is on – you’ll have to wait a little longer.
I’m super excited to be a part of the Daytrotter tribe and I hope you enjoy my session. Courtesy of Daytrotter you can also grab a free copy (or pay what you want) of my new album The Owls Are Not What They Seem!
For you who are unfamiliar with Daytrotter (shame on you!) here’s a little description on what it’s all about:
Daytrotter is a website for the recording studio Horseshack, which hosts recording sessions with many popular and typically upcoming indie music acts. The sessions can be compared to that of a radio station’s lounge recordings, where musicians passing through the town can record live in the studio. Due to their tendency to offer an eclectic sampling of music, and their production style the sessions have been compared to that of the legendary Peel Sessions. Daytrotter have served more than 21.5 million song downloads. Other noted artists that have been featured on Daytrotter is Bon Iver, Counting Crows, Fleet Foxes Ani DiFranko to mention a few.
The Drivin’ & Dreaming tour has landed in Seattle, WA which means we’ve made it cross country and finally hit the West Coast! And we couldn’t have done it without you! We broke down in Idaho, but you came through for us and funded some new tires and ball joints and got us back on the road so THANK YOU to all of you who helped out with that!! Below you’ll find a little video about it, and some pics from various shows around the country! You can find all the Drivin’ & Dreaming pics here! Thanks for supporting us all this way! Check out our upcoming shows in WA, OR and CA here!
This week I’m heading up to Karl-Oskar and Kristina’s old hoods, i.e Minnesota! I’m doing a bunch of gigs in the area so I hope to see you and all your Swedish and American friends there! Here’s my upcoming shows in MN:
Wednesday, 08/08 in Mankato, MN at The Coffee Hag with the lovely Goodnight Gold Dust show starts 7pm Thursday, 08/09 in Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue with The Union Suits show starts at 9pm ($8 admission) Saturday, 08/11 in Minneapolis, MN at FIKA / American Swedish Institue an exclusive acoustic experience in the American Swedish Institute’s new coffee shop, show starts at noon
This Thursday I was invited to play at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago. What a great night it turned out to be. I’ve played at the museum once before, when I was on my Lollapalooza tour in 2008 so it was a real treat to be invited back. There were over 120 people in the audience and we had a very nice VIP reception before the show.
Many thanks to Karin Moen Abercrombie and the other board members of the Swedish American Museum for a wonderful night, and to Konstnärsnämnden for supporting as well.
Here’s some pictures from the show. You can see the full album here!
Here’s the closest upcoming gigs on my tour:
Wednesday, 08/01 Madison, WI The Frequency Thursday, 08/02 Rockford, IL Emerson House – Concert Conversations Friday, 08/03 Rock Island, IL Cool Beanz Coffee House Saturday, 08/04 Cedar Rapids, IA Legion Arts – CSPS Hall Tuesday, 08/07 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews Wednesday, 08/08 Mankato, MN The Coffee Hag Thursday, 08/09 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue Saturday, 08/11 Minneapolis, MN FIKA / American Swedish Institue
I’ve visited some folk radio shows here in Cleveland, OH for my upcoming shows. I was invited to play some songs and chat about the tour at Just Plain Folk with Twistin’ Tom and will put up a link when it’s airing, and Saturday July 7th Jimmie Wilson of WRUW 91.1’s morning show Roll Away the Dew treated me to some studio time as well, to which you can listen here: