09.01Mary McAdams on Lyrical Venus Radio 9/1
Iowa singer-songwriter Mary McAdams only lives about two hours away from me, but I think I actually see her more in Colorado! Last year was my first at Rocky Mountain Song School and somehow knowing that there were other Iowan’s there gave me a little boost of confidence to hang out with people outside of the group of musicians from Fairfield. I saw her plenty of times again this year around the campgrounds and in classes. I did meet Mary for the first time in Iowa though, at a Just Plain Folks showcase at Ritual Cafe in Des Moines.
Just Plain Folks is a wonderful organization that supports musicians of all types, their motto is “We’re all in this together”. Among other things, they tour the country having showcases of local musicians in various cities to help people get to know each other. I believe Mary was one of the organizers of the Des Moines event a few years back, because Mary has been supporting area musicians of all sorts for years, from teaching music and songwriting to students in Iowa schools to hosting a monthly Open Mic at Ritual Cafe, so it’s great to see her out there with her own brand new album!
Her self-titled debut tackles a broad range of topics – from keeping the spark alive in married life to corporate greed (and that’s just the first two songs!), but all told from the lens of Everywoman. Putting on on the CD is kind of like sitting down with a dear friend and a pot of tea and catching up on the past couple years, chatting openly about everything near to her heart lately. That’s not to say it’s sleepy or quiet, quite the opposite! The lush, layered production rocks, and Mary’s voice soars above it all to drive those stories home. I heard in an interview that she originally thought the album was just going to be her and the guitar, and I don’t think that would have been a bad thing – check out these videos of Mary playing a couple of my favorite songs from the album solo at an outdoor event:
Take You There
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See? I think it would have been a solid album on it’s own, but I’m really digging the production too. Mary recorded at The Sonic Factory in Des Moines and those guys seem to be pretty with it. They even have a webcam set up to broadcast in the studio, so I got to see Mary recording some vocals a few months back. Cool stuff.
Or of course, you can join me Tuesday from 9-10am Central for the Lyrical Venus Radio Hour on KRUU-LP 100.1 FM here in town, kruufm.com online anywhere, for great music by female singer-songwriters, including new tracks from Mary’s self-titled CD due for official release on Sept 18th. Interview with Mary will start shortly after 9am.