Black Prairie is a back-porch string band from Portland, Oregon, made up of three fifths of indie lit-rock group, The Decemberists. (Chris Funk on dobro, Jenny Conlee on accordion and Nate Query on bass - plus violinist/singer Annalisa Tornfelt and guitaristJon Neufeld). The group came together a few years ago over living room jam sessions - and the result, 2010's Feast of the Hunter's Moon, was a homey, collaborative affair.
I asked Annalisa Tornfelt about the song, which sounds like a summation of life on the road -- when your place in the world is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Turns out, that's precisely what she had in mind:
"I was at a gas station, trying to squeeze in a private conversation with my boyfriend on the phone before getting back into the van with the band. (We were both touring at the time). I asked him where he was and he said 'somewhere in nowhere Massachusetts.'"
A Tear In The Eye Is A Wound In The Heart is out on September 18th on Sugar Hill. Watch Black Prairie performing another new album track, "How Do You Ruin Me," below:
Gretta joined Soundcheck in 2010, having spent several years as a freelance radio documentary producer. Her stories on birders, fishermen, nurses, performance artists and even the Yale Whiffenpoofs have aired on a variety of outlets, from WNYC's Studio 360 to APM's The Story. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Brown University and studied radio production at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She was a cellist in the rock band Cursive from 2001-2005.