This weekend, Kristin Hersh will be performing three times at the 30A Songwriter’s Festival in Florida in support of her recently released double album / book combination Wyatt at the Coyote Palace.
Each year, the 30A Songwriters Festival line-up highlights songwriting from a variety of musical styles, ranging from folk and country to rock and blues. This event is known throughout the music community as a destination where writers who perform their own music, and performers who write their own songs, come together for a weekend of soulful melodies, powerful vocals and compelling lyrics. Held in venues along scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s South Walton County, this year’s festival will feature headline performances from such esteemed artists as John Prine, Cheap Trick, Dr. John & The Nite Trappers, and Shawn Colvin. In total, 175 stellar songwriters will share their craft.
Each show presents festival-goers the opportunity to catch Kristin in performance. Show times and locations for Kristin’s performance are as follows:
Kristin Hersh performs for first time in 2017 at Florida’s 30A Songwriter’s Festival
Friday 13th at 9.00 pm – Trebeaché Reception in Redfish Village
Saturday 14th at 9.00 pm – Bud and Alley’s (with Chris Stills) in Seaside
Sunday 15th at 7.00 pm – Central Square Records in Seaside
More information can be found at http://www.30asongwritersfe
Kristin Hersh released her new solo effort Wyatt at the Coyote Palace on Nov. 11 in North America via Omnibus Press / Overlook Press. Kristin is most recognized as the front person for the influential art-punk band Throwing Muses, which she founded when she was 14. She also fronts the power trio 50FOOTWAVE, who released the Bath White EP in summer of 2016.
Wyatt at the Coyote Palace is the third release in the ground-breaking book-CD format that Hersh began with her previous solo album Crooked and Throwing Muses’ 2013 release Purgatory/Paradise. As part of her surprisingly successful career as an author, she has published the critically acclaimed “Rat Girl” (known as “Paradoxical Undressing” in the UK), a children’s book “Toby Snax,” and “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die,” a highly acclaimed personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt.
Wyatt is an immersive experience through the use of photographs, illustrations, a collection of true stories, and songs of love and loss, reflecting Hersh’s humor with the pains and travails of a life spent in continual motion. Defined by potent guitars, addictive melodies and poignant lyrics, this release is a serious sign of strength and depth.
This is truly a solo album with Hersh not only writing and singing these songs, but also playing all instruments (including guitar, cello, horns, upright bass and piano and several instruments she built herself). She also incorporates found sounds into these recordings.
“The stories are all true. They happened over the last few decades. The songs were written in the last five years. They’re true, too, in a much more oblique way,” explains Hersh. “But it’s always felt to me that songs were pushing my life around so they could be born: I live the stories and then the song lives. Very much like children. A baby isn’t born because you got pregnant, you got pregnant because a baby was going to be born.”
The songs, which were written during a turbulent period in her life, were recorded at her favorite studio in Portsmouth, RI with engineer Steve Rizzo. The prose was inspired by her son Wyatt and his fascination with an abandoned apartment building inhabited by coyotes, often visiting and even filming these creatures during the album’s recording. Yet suddenly his intense fascination came to an end. Hersh comments, “I had so loved his love of the place”.
After a wildly successful tour of the UK, Ireland and the USA over the past few months, this weekend’s events represent Kristin Hersh’s first concerts in the new year. Look forward to the forthcoming video for Bubble Net, the second single from her new album.