American Songwriter published a 4-star review, saying Aoife’s “supple voice and imaginative lyrics along with [producer Tucker] Martine’s sympathetic production dovetail with an effortless grace,” and that “O’Donovan slathers her hushed, sexy vocals over a potent combination of folk, pop and country influenced music that simmers with white heat.” Read the full review here.
Aoife heads to Boulder, CO Thursday, June 13 for a special taping of eTown. See below for show details and ticket information.
WHEN: June 13, 2013 / 7:00 PM SHOW (6:00 PM Doors)
WHERE: eTown Hall
1535 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302
iTunes is featuring FOSSILS track “Beekeeper” as its free Single of the Week. Download the track for free now.
FOSSILS, out today, is also specially priced on iTunes for $6.99.
Visit The Boston Globe for a Q&A with Aoife, covering everything from her work with producer Tucker Martine on the new album Fossils to her recent encounter with Southern hospitality.
Q. There’s a nice slackness in these new songs that makes the album sound very casual but also assured.
A. Slackness? You just hit the nail on the head. There is a slackness, especially in the band arrangements, and it was on purpose. It’s hard to put a genre on it, but I wanted to keep it loose to let the band and the songs be open. They’re not overly composed or overly thought out.
Q. You’ve made other records, but what surprised you about recording a solo album?
A. I learned that making a solo album is a lot different than making a band album. I don’t want to say it’s lonelier, because that sounds like a sad thing, but it’s certainly a more solitary experience. Crooked Still made five studio albums, but when it’s just your record, at the end of the day it’s you and your producer in the studio and having these back-and-forth conversations. The ball’s in your court.
Q. Was that scary?
A. It was! It’s funny, because my personality in general is pretty domineering and bossy. I’m the oldest of four kids, and I think a lot of people who have worked with me would say I have some control issues. But with this project I felt safe and comfortable with Tucker and felt like I was able to give him the reins.
The New York Times has your first listen to Aoife’s debut solo album, Fossils. Listen in via its Press Play blog, or by clicking on the image below.
The USA Today premiered “Fire Engine,” a new song from the upcoming album Fossils, today on its site.
From the article:
Fossils, produced by My Morning Jacket producer Tucker Martine, begins with her song Lay My Burden Down, previously recorded by Alison Krauss. The rest of the album is as stylistically broad and of as high a quality as O’Donovan’s resumé suggests.
Fire Engine, premiering here at USA TODAY, lopes along as a country-rock shuffle. “I love Rob Burger’s piano playing on this one,” O’Donovan tells us.
We think you will, too.
Read the full article and stream “Fire Engine” now at the USA Today, or via the player below.
Aoife is excited to announce that Dietrich Strause will be joining the bill for her June “Fossils” tour, which starts in Northampton at the Iron Horse on June 6, and stops in Fall River, Boston at The Sinclair, Portland ME, New York’s Mercury Lounge, Hudson, Pittsburgh, Rochester and Syracuse.
Aoife will also make her Bonnaroo debut on June 16, and perform at the Ottawa Jazz Festival on June 21.
The folks at Rolling Stone named Fossils one of the summer’s must-hear albums!
Long the face of Boston-based alt-bluegrass outfit Crooked Still, Aoife O’Donovan – also a member of female folk trio Sometymes Why – is finally striking out on her own. The tender-voiced 30-year-old, who in recent years has collaborated with members of the Punch Brothers and world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and has written songs for Alison Krauss, will issue her long-awaited solo debut Fossils June 11th. Recorded over three weeks in Portland with producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Neko Case), Fossils is a must-listen blend of bluegrass, folk and back-porch Americana, highlighted by the wistful “Red & White & Blue & Gold.”
Aoife will be performing shows in support of her debut solo album “Fossils”, due out June 11 on Yep Roc Records (pre-order here). The tour kicks off June 6 in Northampton at The Iron Horse, and is set to include stops in Boston at The Sinclair on June 8, at New York’s Mercury Lounge on June 11, and Bonnaroo on June 16. See the full tour schedule below or click here.
Aoife will also be making appearances this month at Wolf Trap with Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, Delfest, Grand Ole Opry, Music City Roots and June 1 will find Aoife sharing the stage with Brandi Carlile, Colin Hay, Delta Rae, Iris DeMent and others at Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival.
May 24 – Vienna, VA at Filene Center at Wolf Trap*
May 25 – Vienna, VA at Filene Center at Wolf Trap*
May 26 – Cumberland, MD at Delfest
May 28 – Nashville, TN at Grand Ole Opry House
May 29 – Nashville, TN at The Loveless Cafe Barn (Music City Roots)
June 1 – Elmer, NJ at Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival
June 6 – Northampton, MA at Iron Horse Music Hall
June 7 – Fall River, MA at Narrows Center for the Arts
June 8 - Boston, MA at The Sinclair
June 9 - Portland, ME at One Longfellow Square
June 11 – New York, NY at Mercury Lounge
June 12 – Hudson, NY at Club Helsinki
June 16 – Manchester, TN at Bonnaroo Music Festival (That Tent and Sonic Stage)
June 18 – Pittsburgh, PA at Rex Theatre
June 19 – Rochester, NY at Abilene Bar & Lounge
June 20 – Syracuse, NY at The Westcott Theater
June 21 – Ottawa, Ontario at Ottawa Jazz Festival
June 29 – Kennett Square, PA at Longwood Gardens
July 3 - Berkeley, CA at Freight & Salvage
July 4 & 5 – Quincy, CA at High Sierra Music Festival
July 6 – Crested Butte, CO at Crested Butte Music Festival (Bluegrass in Paradise)
July 8 – Spokane, WA at INB Performing Arts Center%
July 9 – Boise, ID at Botanical Garden%
July 10 – Portland, OR at McMenamins Edgefield%
July 11 – Sacramento, CA at Community Center Theater%
July 12 – Saratoga, CA at Mountain Winery%
July 13 – Saratoga, CA at Mountain Winery%
July 14 – Paso Robles, CA at Vina Robles Amphitheatre%
July 15 – San Diego, CA at Humphrey’s Concerts By The Sea%
July 17 – Salt Lake City, UT at Red Butte Gardens%
July 18 – Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheatre%
July 19 - Kansas City, MO at Starlight Theatre%
July 20 – Louisville, KY at Iroquoi Amphitheater%
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH at PNC Pavillion at Riverbend%
July 23 - Brevard, NC at Brevard Music Center%
July 24 – Richmond, VA at Maymont Park%
July 25 – Danbury, CT at Ives Concert Park%
July 26 – Cohasset, MA at South Shore Music Circus
August 15 – Lenox, MA at Tanglewood^
August 16 – Bethel, NY at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts^
August 18 – Highland Park, IL at Ravinia Pavilion^
August 20 – Cincinnati, OH at PNC Pavilion at Riverbend^
August 21 – Rochester Hills, MI at Meadow Brook Music Festival^
August 23 – Rohnert Park, CA at Green Music Center at Sonoma State University^
August 25 – Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Bowl^
August 31 – Pagosa Springs, CO at Four Corners Folk Festival
*A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
% A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour
^ The Goat Rodeo Sessions