In 2006, when USA Today predicted that Aoife O’Donovan would soon become ‘the newest darling of the Americana set,’ it had already been true for quite some time. Called ‘a vocalist of unerring instinct’ by the New York Times, Aoife is one of the most sought after singers in the roots music field. Her work as the lead singer and co-founder of stringband Crooked Still put her on the map in 2001, and she has collaborated with a variety of musicians across genres since. Aoife’s crystalline voice can be heard on the Grammy nominated album The Goat Rodeo Sessions, alongside icons such as Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Chris Thile. She’s also appeared as a guest vocalist with folks such as Ollabelle, Dave Douglas, Solas, Noam Pikelny, Joshua Radin, and Kate Rusby, among others. Fans of Alison Krauss may be familiar with Aoife’s unique songwriting-Krauss recorded Aoife’s song ‘Lay My Burden Down’ on her 2011 album Paper Airplane. Aoife signed to Yep-Roc Records and will release her debut solo album Fossils, produced by Tucker Martine, June 11, 2013.
Over two decades, McCain has morphed into a road warrior, gigging throughout North America most of each year. Reflecting on his collaboration with Maia Sharp on Mercy Bound, McCain says, ‘Sometimes I think your ego tricks you into thinking, ‘I have to write everything,’ but no, you don’t have to write everything, you just have to love it.’ Mercy Bound also marks two decades since McCain first entered a studio. Raised in Greenville, S.C., on a musical diet of everything from Earth, Wind & Fire to David Wilcox, he recorded his first independent demo in 1991, issuing his debut, Solitude, two years later. That album led to his 1995 major-label debut, Honor Among Thieves, which introduced America to the then-budding Southeastern bar favorite. Songs like ‘Solitude’ and ‘3 a.m.’ remain fan faves and live staples. Two years later, he broke into the mainstream with the sweeping ballad ‘I’ll Be,’ from the album Misguided Roses. Largely captured in no more than two takes, the songs on Mercy Bound were recorded at the Lair Studio and Sharp’s home studio in Los Angeles, with some additional tracking done in Greenville, where McCain lives with his family. Mercy Bound also features a co-write with Angie Aparo (‘Better Story to Tell’). The title track was written by Mark Addison and the guitar-and-vocals-only closer, ‘Lucky One,’ was written by Anders Osborne. It features the guitar talents of McCain’s old friend, Warren Haynes (Allman Bros., Gov’t Mule), and such lyrics as, ‘I can’t explain why I’m here today/I’m just thankful that I am. Every day I wake up to see the sun/I thank God that you still think I’m the one.’
Congratulations to the Season Pass Raffle Winner John Mello. John receives two tickets to every show from now until May 31, 2014.
Additional winners were picked as well:
Bob Marchand receives a table and two tickets to the show of his choice.
Jody Seivert receives two tickets to the show of her choice.
Thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets and made donations during the month of May which greatly helped us move closer to our Air Conditioning goal.