Two great guests this week! – Rogue Wave and Aoife O’Donovan
By Helen ~ August 13, 2013
Many of you remember Rogue Wave from a few years back – They were on fire in the music world, when two things interrupted the band’s trajectory: Band member burnout and an unexpected kidney transplant! Band co-founder and drummer Pat Spurgeon received an emergency kidney transplant while on tour; had to deal with dialysis and the whole nine yards while on the road. This caused the band-at-large to step back and take a break from the stressful and grueling intensity of relentless touring and recording. They took a hiatus for a few years, for a much needed break from Rogue Wave. But they’ve recently regrouped; they’re back making music together and hitting the touring circuit once more. They join us this week to share a few tunes and talk with Nick about what its like to be out there again with renewed enthusiasm.
Aoife O’Donovan is with us as well this week. Aoife (pronounced ‘EEE-Fah’) is one of the more gifted singer/songwriters out there today. You may remember her from the band Crooked Still. She’s also been a frequent visitor on the radio show A Prairie Home Companion, and she’s about to head out on the road with The Goat Rodeo (which consists of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Edgar Meyer, mandolinists Chris Thile and fiddler Stuart Duncan – The Goat Rodeo Sessions, their recent project, features Aoife as female vocalist, and they’re touring around that). In the midst of all this, and more, she’s managed to record her first solo project, Fossils (can’t recommend it enough). Her sound blends bluegrass, folk and “back-porch Americana.” And take it from me, she is GOOD. She’s one to keep an eye (and an ear) out for. A bit of eTown trivia: Aoife also wins the prize as the person I’ve had to sing the highest harmonies with (I’m relieved to say that it worked out; although you should tune in and judge for yourself).
In other thoughts:
The Dog Days of Summer are here (the Free Dictionary defines this as “The hot, sultry period of summer between early July and early September,” but I always have thought of it as the muggy, ridiculously hot month of August). Raised in Minnesota (with no air conditioning), I remember being a teen and waiting out the heat of the day everyday for the relatively cooler (in the mid-80 degree range) evenings. Of course the mosquitoes, which were the size of small private planes and numbered in the bazillions, would just about pick you up and carry you away; but still, this was the time to meet your friends and just ‘hang.’
Having lived in Colorado for so long, I look back at those humid, 100 degree days and I have to say that I’m lucky to now live where its dry and gorgeous every day. But growing up in Minnesota was a great experience. It’s a beautiful landscape (the state motto is “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and they’re not kidding), full of really terrific people (Michelle Bachman notwithstanding) and tons of visual and performing arts institutions and organizations, plus a great university that I was proud to attend. And the most dramatic daily afternoon thunderstorms – spectacular! All that, plus solid friends and wonderful, loving parents, and you have what was a pretty damn lucky childhood. I’m very grateful.
I’m also rambling! So . . .
To all of our Minnesotan listeners (heck, to ALL of our listeners), I hope you’re enjoying your summer and I wish you a great rest of your particular dog days (with hopefully few or no mosquitoes).