Kris Delmhorst is an American songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist who has released six full length records as well as a panoply of EPs, side projects, and collaborations. A wide-ranging, eclectic artist, her recordings have included intimate acoustic sets, rock band renderings, home-recordings, and works of classic poetry refigured and set to music - not to mention an all-acoustic collection of covers of songs by new-wave masters The Cars.
A constant collaborator, Delmhorst has appeared on vocals, cello, and fiddle on records and stages with fellow songwriters Anais Mitchell, Lori McKenna, Chris Smither, Mary Gauthier, Erin McKeown, Winterpills, Peter Mulvey, Gregory Alan Isakov, and many more.
Delmhorst's newest album, THE WILD, was released in October 2017. Co-produced with her husband, songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, and featuring a band drawn from players they share long history with as bandmates and friends, the album merges Delmhorst's sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice. Here, Delmhorst answers her Essential 8.
What’s the story behind your album’s title?
It’s about exploring the wildness of our basic nature as well as the wildness of the interior of our hearts.
When/where do you do your best writing?
I can start a song anywhere anytime. To finish them I need to hole up and buckle down.
What’s the best advice to give to a musician just starting out?
Collaborate. Listen to everything. Push out of your comfort zone as often as possible.
What’s your favorite food on the road? Coffee. Also chocolate, and anything containing vegetables.
Do you have any touring tips?
Make sure to leave time to experience something other than the inside of a club, a hotel room, or the van.
What do you love most about being on the road?
Meeting up with members of my far-flung tribe, and getting to dig deeply into songs by playing them every night.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
Bill Withers. It’s probably not going to happen.
Is drinking at gigs a positive or a negative?
For more information
Watch the video for "All The Way Around" HERE