Musicians from around the globe are finding a home in Saline, thanks to the Acoustic Routes Concert series hosted by Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave. After shows earlier this year featuring bluegrass and Celtic artists from Scotland and Canada, next up is Swedish singer-songwriter Sofia Talvik – an artist hailed as the North Sea Siren.
In 2008, Talvik became the first Swedish female singer to play the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago and she has followed that up with showcases at the annual SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, as well as to the Folk Alliance International Conference. Her latest album “Big Sky Country” was named one of the five best Americana albums of the year by the British newspaper, The Telegraph. The songs celebrate her love for the vast plains, big mountains and sandy coastlines in the states that she toured and the warm and quirky people she met on the road.
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“There is a consistency to the strong songwriting and sweet melodies throughout,” The Telegraph wrote. “Talvik also has a fine lilting voice, which she shows off to full effect on the only cover among 11 songs, an ethereal version of Buffy Saint-Marie's 1976 song Starwalker.”
In a recent interview with the South Haven (Mich.) Herald Palladium, Talvik talked about the new music she is sharing on her tour. “A lot of the songs on the new album, if they have a theme, it would really be about home,” she said. “I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been on the road pretty much since 2011 or if it is just something you start thinking about more when you grow older. I grew up on an island on the west coast of Sweden so my songs about home are also songs about the ocean and the rain and all of that. I have a song called “Take Me Home,” which I will be doing, that is definitely about that.”
Show time is 8 p.m. The cover is $15 at the door and 100% goes to the artists.