There's a quiet and a still
It's nothing like you've ever seen
The way they lights cast on the hill
The light I'm seeing in a dream
~ Road to Paradise, Wendy Wall
The first thing that hits you on listening to Wendy Wall's music is her voice - rich and textured like a tapestry. But if you keep listening you realize that the words are as beautifully woven as the vocal elements. Wendy's new album Road to Paradise charts a course full of "heartbreak, inner demons, deferred dreams and the sometimes seemingly unforgiving terms of life as an artist" in a way that pulls out the the lessons learned and emphasizes the transformations, in a way that everyone can relate.
Tune in Tuesday for an interview with Wendy! The usual great dose of songs by female singer-songwriters starts at 9 am and the interview at 9:30.
New England singer-songwriter Lori Diamond has just released her second album. The songs on lush, piano-based Mystery speak of love, loss, gratitude and other facets of the human experience. Her crystal clear voice and sparkling piano work also live up to her name!
Join me for an interview with Lori, plus a short set of Celtic music by female singer-songwriters in honor of St. Patrick's Day!
The Lyrical Venus Radio Hour 9-10am Central Tuesday Morning! (Interview at 9:10)
Treefrogs are singing, hoping that it rains
I'm sitting on my couch and I'm wishing for the same
but it's dry, dry, dry
in Gainesville today
~ Gainseville Today, Kathleen Taylor
Her bio says to "Think an Art Noveau princess with a pair of brass knuckles." I think that fits Kathleen Taylor's music pretty well. The Austin based singer-songwriter recently released her album Defy The World. To listen to it is to take a whimsical little adventure through Kathleen's various inspirations, as well as encountering a variety of creatures in the wild, or at least the wilderness of suburbia!
Join me Tuesday at 9am for an interview with Kathleen Taylor and to hear some of her songs!
It's been a long while since I did a themed show and I have one I've
been waiting a while to share. It's called Josephine, and it started
when I noticed I had a few songs in my library called Josephine. I
wondered how many other female singer-songwriters had chosen to write about women of that not-so-common-in-these-days name. Turns out there were at least 14 I could find easily!
Plus, it turns out there is a Saint Josephine, and February is her month!
This should be interesting, all the different genres and stories hanging around the one name. I hope you can tune in from 9-10 am and tell me what you think!
~ Shapes, Lauren Zettler
Lauren Zettler is a savvy DIY type of gal. The bio on her website talks about her journey to musicianhood, from the childhood dream, to the detours due bouts of practicalness, to the lightning-bolt epiphany that the “jealous tears”
at every musical performance she attended were probably not necessary
and that she should follow her heart.
Tune in Tuesday from 9-10am for music by great female singer-songwriters and for the interview with Lauren, including a preview of some tracks from her soon-to-be-released EP!
Happy pre-Valentine's Day!
So many songs about love, so little time!
Tune in from 9-10 am this Tuesday for a
Lyrical Venus Valentine's special.
Treats for your ears include a visit with one of our favorite special guests Sharon Bousquet and perhaps some love poems!
Show me to the river, somewhere to wash away this feeling,
these days of disbelieving.
~ Show Me to the River, Amie Penwell
Marin County singer-songwriter Amie Penwell just released her debut full-length album King in a Temple this past November. The first thing that hits you on hearing the album is the voice. A voice for Gospel, or like the voice of an angel lowered an octave as it says on her website. It's an apt description. Amie's voice not just soulful, you really do feel like it's a healing balm to sooth away the pain of life she sings about in her songs, and turn it into something beautiful.
Join me Tuesday from 9-10 am for new songs from the new Catie Curtis and Meg Hutchinson albums, plus the interview with Amie at 9:30.
The lovely Kate Graves is busy getting her new album "Love Songs For The Neurotic" ready for release but she's taking some time out for an interview on Lyrical Venus this Tuesday. I've gotten to preview some of the songs and they are delightful little gems I've had on repeat all day! I love this quote about her voice:
"Kate's voice is the Long Island Ice Tea of voices. It's One part
Lucinda, two part Emmylou, with a twist of Norah Jones." ~Paul
Godbout, lead singer of Secret Sobriety
Come have a listen yourself and see what Paul means.
Tune in Tuesday from 9-10am for songs by female singer-songwriters, interview at 9:30.
Shannon Hurley was named one of the Top 25 Artists on MySpace by Rolling Stone Magazine. She wasn't available for an on-air interview, but check out LyricalVenus.com for her email interview, and tune in for an extended set of her music this morning on Lyrical Venus Radio!
Miranda Mallard has a wide range of vocal talents from classical to folk to jazz and more. Hear her sing a Mozart piece from a live recording of her Senior recital and then a jazzy latin flavored song with her band Rock Paper Scissors.
After that, I'll try to play a song from rest of the artists I interviewed in 2008 that wasn't able to play last week. So much good music!