Swedish artist brings Americana to Gaston
For folk artist Sofia Talvik, it seems like she's always on the road, holding true to the Americana-style of life appreciating open spaces.
Born in Sweden, Talvik has performed more than 1,000 shows. Her debut album, "Blue Moon," was released in 2005. Since then, she started her own record label, released seven full-length albums, numerous EP and singles, and has toured the world, visiting countless countries and 47 U.S. states.
Describing her music as Americana/folk with Swedish roots, Talvik is heading to the area to promote her eighth studio album, "Paw of the Bear," set for official release in September.
Talvik will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Dundee Lodge, 50845 S.W. Dundee Road in Gaston. Tickets are $15 to $25.
Living half of her time in Berlin, Germany, Talvik flies to the United States to live for six months in her 1989 RV, which she nicknamed "Lil' Chief."
Her song "Big Sky Country" references Oregon, and her music video for the song shows footage of her visiting Cannon Beach. Talvik loves performing here, she said.
"I do a bit of talking between the songs, so I hope (the audience will) feel that they'll get to know me a little bit through that," Talvik said. "My songs are kind of prosaic and tell stories, too."
"Paw of the Bear" shows Talvik's evolution as a songwriter, with themes of changing away from heartache, life on the road and thoughts about home.
Newcomers to Talvik's music can expect a relaxed and intimate show that has a bigger sound than they'd expect from one woman with a guitar, she said.
"I also play foot percussion and my husband, who tours with me, does my sound live and mixes tasteful effects and harmonies to enhance the sound. Everything we do is live," Talvik said.
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