Lauren Calve | Between the Creek and the Tracks

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Between the Creek and the Tracks

by Lauren Calve

Steeped in American roots music, Calve's songs are by turns anthemic and poetic as they move between rousing blues-rock, sweeping folk-driven numbers, and delicate balladry.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Looking for the Water
4:03 $1.25
2. Sweep
5:11 $1.25
3. Hard
4:30 $1.25
4. Annie
4:16 $1.25
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The most striking thing about Lauren Calve’s music is its nakedness. To listen to her music is to smell toiled earth, to feel the grain of wood, to hear rain on a tin roof. It is impossible to listen and not be present in the very moment, to not be thinking of other things besides the very message she is conveying. This, in itself, is extraordinary. What is even more extraordinary is that this happens every single time Lauren performs.

Lauren Calve has channeled this feverish immediacy and captured it in her startling debut, Between the Creek and the Tracks, co-produced by Lauren, Ben Tufts, and Aaron Mason. Born in Kansas and raised in Burke, VA, Lauren is a multi-faceted artist whose roots stretch far through the spectrum of Americana. Her story is unique. Her roots are deep. Her parents, they themselves the children of immigrants who built new lives for themselves in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, instilled in Lauren a salt-of-the-earth, hard-working spirit that is ever present in her songwriting. Her history, and her family’s history, lend a rare weight and grit and portent to Lauren’s music.

Though she had been singing throughout her childhood, it was in her teens that she chose the guitar….or, perhaps, the guitar chose her. At Davidson College in Davidson, NC, she majored in studio art, minored in Spanish, and after graduation, taught English in South Korea, and then traveled throughout Southeast Asia. When Lauren returned to the States, she didn’t settle down immediately; she went to Wyoming, where she worked on a dude ranch. Eventually, she wended her way back to the East Coast, on a long and Kerouacian road trip. These experiences inform her songwriting, which she began focusing on in earnest in January 2013. Lauren’s keen interest in human nature, her family history, combined with American and musical history, have ignited a muse that fiercely colors her songwriting. Not only can one hear this history in her lyrics; one virtually experiences her history with her.

Beginning her career as a bonafide singer-songwriter, Lauren’s galvanizing performances caught the eye (and ear) of Ben Tufts, one of the DC area’s most celebrated and connected musical figures. Of Lauren’s live performance, Ben says: “I’ve watched it happen over and over at shows—the power and the earthiness of Lauren’s voice pulls people in the first time, it’s like a magnet. Her songs keep them coming back.”

It is rare that an artist can evoke the same feeling on a recording as in a live performance, but Lauren decided to record Between the Creek and the Tracks in a barn. “I wanted to record someplace where I wouldn’t be in control of my surroundings,” she says. “I wanted the surrounding environment to be part of the recording—creaking doors, crickets, rushing wind.” The idea was a brilliant one. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard a debut effort out of DC that sounds as mature and self-assured as Lauren’s. Recording in a barn—although it certainly presented some unique challenges—was the perfect way to make sure the production style matched the honesty and simplicity of the songs,” Ben affirms.

Though Lauren’s influences are present and notable (traditional figures like Woody Guthrie and Son House, and contemporary icons like Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin), her voice is her own. Her voice is powerful and strong, and her artistry as a guitarist is impeccable. She accents the earthy, warm melodies with a plaintive slide guitar. Her work echoes the patchwork of human experiences, driven by not only her own story, but by the stories of others: Steel mill workers, powerful female figures, the disenfranchised, the wanderers. Her work is an apt representation of human longing and wonder. If this is Lauren Calve at her beginnings, imagine what masterpieces she will create in years to come.



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