Singer/songwriter Kris Delmhorst first explored how time and distance can influence art on 2006’s Strange Conversation-an album inspired by poetry from the likes of Lord Byron, Walt Whitman, e.e. cummings, and Rumi. Now the Boston-based musician is turning these elements upon her own work. Her latest recorded offering, Shotgun Singer, is the product of a consciously drawn-out undertaking that found Delmhorst writing and recording from a remote cabin during the span of several years. And while the emotional intensity of some of the world’s finest bards is certainly a tough act to follow, Singer successfully emerged as one of the most resonating recordings of 2008. With the northeast currently snowbound, Delmhorst and her singer/songwriter husband, Jeffrey Foucault, are heading west for a rare joint tour that will offer them a little climatic reprieve-and a chance to wax poetic at SOhO.
Is this tour simply an excuse for the two of you to escape the snow? It doesn’t hurt. We always like to play out there in January, even though I’m a big fan of these northeast winters. And we’re having a great one this year.
Does the winter weather affect your songwriting? As a writer, I like the chance to look inward, and the quieter, darker, and contemplative season is a good time for writing, at least for me. The seasons have such an effect on your emotions, so winter gives you a chance to reflect upon what’s going on around you. I’m not someone who gets depressed during the winter, but it does change your psyche a little bit.
Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault
- When: Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
- Where: SOhO, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, CA
- Cost: $10
- Age limit: All ages
Shotgun Singer posits that love is a conduit for change. How do you navigate the boundary between speaking from the heart and speaking in platitudes? That’s interesting. For me, the less I know what I’m writing about while I’m writing, the better it’s going to turn out. If I was going to sit down and say, “I’m going to write a song about how love transforms people,” it would pretty much come out crap, I guarantee you. I usually start with some sort of image that’s compelling to me and often I’m not sure why. And if I’m curious enough to keep chipping away, eventually it will bloom into a song.