The legendary Canadian folk-singer FERRON is back with a beautiful release, "Boulder," produced by NYC-based indie rocker, Bitch.
"Someday, they will call Dylan the Ferron of the '60s." —The Boston Globe.
"Boulder" is a collection of songs that speak the voice of a well-traveled folk hero. It illuminates what we know and love about Ferron-her words, and the weight with which she can help us see the world. While the album is mostly her own and all previously released songs, Ferron steps into new territory by covering one of Bitch's songs, "Highway." "Ferron is a story-teller," says Bitch, who convinced her idol to let her park her RV at her house and set up her traveling lap-top+ 1 microphone studio in her house in the remote woods of Michigan. "She talks the kind of truth that's heavy as rocks." A musical poet and songwriter herself, Bitch fell in love with Ferron when the two met at a festival some years ago. They have forged a friendship since Ferron randomly invited Bitch on stage to play her violin on a tune, which began an on-stage banter that became an off-stage friendship that is culminating, or perhaps just beginning, on this record-this homemade slice of Ferron that fans have been waiting for.
Ferron and Bitch have played quite a few shows together, combining a light-hearted banter with songs that captivate and go right to the heart. The result is a powerful union of two poets, made richer by the fact that they come from different generations. An odd billing at first glance, the two are gaining a lot of attention for their intimate live shows. After the two had taken the stage at a Michigan music festival together and left the audience on their feet, banging the stage with their hands in a fury of inspiration, Bitch went to Ferron's house, lived outside in her RV, and proceeded to record the legend in her own home. (she also recorded the crickets outside the house, the sound of Ferron's car pulling into the gravel driveway, etc)
The album is thick with Bitch's violin, and calls on pals like Ani Difranco, Amy Ray and Emily Sailers (Indigo Girls), Jd Samson (Le Tigre), Sam Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Tina G (God-des) and Julie Wolf -all avid Ferron fans-to contribute to the album. "The studio has been set up in so many different places, I wish I had a picture of each one!" says Bitch. After she left Ferron, Bitch continued touring, and carried the project with her. She proceeded to assemble a mini studio all over the country, including the basement bathroom of a house that was given to them for a night in Asheville, to record a saw player, ½ of the underground darlings, Midtown Dickens.
"Boulder" is intimate and sparsely arranged. We hear the voice of a legend-the story of an elder. Bitch's production not only captures the essence of Ferron's songs, but challenges the youth to do what youth is rarely encouraged to do: tune in to the ones who have come before us, hear their wisdom and grow from it.