Tagged under "ferron" (3)
A "Boulder" of an Album: How Bitch Brought Ferron’s Groove Back
Most of this new queer generation has never heard of Ferron. I had never heard of Ferron until Bitch announced that she was producing a record of her classics and recording it in her RV (parked outside Ferron’s backyard in the Michigan woods). Not even Bitch knew of Ferron’s music until Ani Di Franco introduced her to the legend a few years ago. Ultimately, Bitch took it upon herself to re-introduce Ferron to today’s queer youth. From there, Boulder was born, becoming the musical highlight of this crazy, hazy summer. Watching Bitch and Ferron perform together at the Boulder CD release show at the Highline Ballroom back in May reminded me how far women have come on the queer musical spectrum. Ferron went from being a homeless teen to famed Canadian folkie to beloved dykon. Bitch created her career as indie artist/ poet almost ten years ago, from being the witchy ½ of Bitch & Animal to fronting new band The Exciting Conclusion to starting her own record label (Short Story Records).  After the show, I watched in awe as Bitch and Ferron loved their fans- shaking hands, hugging tightly, laughing loudly, and smiling widely. What stood before me were not rockstar dyke divas, but magical, musical poet womyn with a melodious message: "change will come, and it's going to start with a song". That spark of healing and revolution is especially heard in Bitch’s production of Boulder. Boulder is breathtaking and heartbreaking. Not breathtaking in the way straight girls clutch at their hearts while watching The Notebook, but in an “I’m part of something bigger than me, than we” breathtaking. Not heartbreaking as in sorrow or unrequited love pain, but in a nostalgic sense of our struggles as sisters, daughters, friends, and lovers. As classic as these songs are (they range from 1976- 2004), Bitch’s new dimension of sound breathed new life into them. Ferron’s signature soulful voice with Bitch’s back-up vocals, violin/viola/ cello/bass playing, and contributions from Ani Di Franco, Samantha Parton, JD Samson, and the Indigo Girls make Boulder nothing short of a Sapphic symphony. Ferron’s old songs (re)sung on Boulder sound remarkable and relevant, so here and so now. How can I describe it better than this, well enough to do it the justice it deserves? Listening to Boulder is listening to a stone butch grandmother tell the story of her life, your life, your girlfriend’s life, around campfire. It is being on a musical mountaintop and taking the deepest breath ever. It is the revolution Emma Goldman would have danced to. Boulder is elder wisdom, torch in the dark, feminist manifesto, soulful sanctuary, faced demons, re-memory, and queer romance wrapped up in an album of 12 amazing tracks. From such poetic gems as  “Souvenir" to “Girl on a Road” to “In the Meantime” , there is a longing that stirs inside the listener’s ear and heart, recalls a time in all our lives when we were whole, broken, seeking, and finding. In short, Boulder is a testament to life and loss, and the little bits of love we encounter in between. It is Ferron’s best album to date, and Bitch’s masterpiece yet. "If music be a boulder, let me carry it a long while.” Thank goddess Bitch helped carry the load by bringing Ferron’s groove back.  With Boulder, Bitch (re)introduced an important dykon elder/music legend to today’s queer youth, reminding us all how far we’ve come since Stonewall, since heterosexual male-dominated music ruled the charts. In producing her idol’s new album, Bitch reinforced the need to honor the foremothers that have paved the road for us and soundtracked our herstory along the way. Bitch and Ferron’s dynamic (onstage, off, an on Boulder) shows not only how song and shared politics bridge an age gap, but how music is the universal language of understanding- and how beautiful their understanding is. Their art is a gift that keeps giving- and what a present Bitch and Ferron delivered with Boulder.   To check out all things Bitch, visit www.bitchmusic.com / www.myspace.com/bitchmusic To become a B+TEC fan: www.myspace.com/bitchtecfans To order a copy of Boulder: www.shortstory.com To check out more on Ferron: www.ferrononline.com
Tagged on August 21, 2008
Artists We Love: Checking In
We check in with the chicks with picks and dykes with mics who've played loud and made us proud over the years
Tagged on July 10, 2008
Artists We Love: Checking In
Did you really think we'd leave Melissa, Ani and KD out of the Music Issue? In the following pages we catch up on dozens of dykes with mics (and the dyke-friendly) who've played loud and made us proud over the years
Tagged on July 10, 2008
NYC Pride TEAZE
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