Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
“…modest rusticity, but as sophisticated as they come.” – New York Times
Well-known for her role in alternative bluegrass band, Crooked Still, vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Aoife O’Donovan (pronounced ee-fah) now steps to the fore with her debut solo album, Fossils. The versatility and appeal of her voice has already landed her collaborations with Alison Krauss and Dave Douglas. She was also the voice heard on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, a super-group album spearheaded by Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile. Though firmly planted in the bluegrass genre, her voice has wisps of jazz and classical training which dances and skips across the soothing material on Fossils.
Much like a fossil itself, the album has been developing over many years – more than a decade, actually – much of it in her creative subconscious. It was time well spent, for she’s crafted a beautiful, timeless record; the natural evolution of an accomplished singer and songwriter.
The album’s roots stretch back to her time at the New England Conservatory, where she dreamed of one day recording an album with celebrated producer Tucker Martine (known for his work with My Morning Jacket and Tift Merrit). Upon graduation, she hit the road as the lead singer and principal songwriter in Crooked Still, which grew into one of the world’s most acclaimed and contemporary bluegrass groups over the ensuing decade.
O’Donovan never forgot the call of the solo record, however, and last year she headed to Portland, Oregon to fulfill her dream and record with Martine. Rich in finely crafted songs and unexpected textures, the resulting album bears remarkable fruits of their creative partnership. O’Donovan and Martine have carefully placed her songs in a variety of musical settings, from the buoyant chorus of horns which open up “Thursday’s Child” to the country-rock of “Fire Engine” and the liquid pedal steel which flows throughout. It is an album rooted in time-honored aesthetics to be sure, but goes beyond being simply a ‘roots’ album. As O’Donovan states, the album presents “how a lot of these songs have just come to life over the years. This solo album seems like it was a long time coming to me…I’ve been thinking about it since I was 18 years old.”
DATE: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:30 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
(877) 733-3931 x 225
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