Thursday, March 16, 2023

Aoife O’Donovan Finds Fertile Ground in ‘Nebraska’ (No Depression)

I originally wrote this for No Depression. Click below for the full article.

“I first heard Nebraska as a young child in the early 1990s when I was just old enough to start having my own opinions about music,” Aoife O’Donovan reminisces. “I remember that my first response was being freaked out because it was like nothing I had ever heard before.” 

In the ensuing decades, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has formed an ever-evolving relationship with Bruce Springsteen’s enigmatic demos-turned-album from 1982, frequently returning to its haunting, character-driven songscapes as both a listener and a performer. Her most recent encounter with it — a May 2020 pandemic-era livestream in which she performed the record in its entirety — continues to yield creative dividends, including an upcoming vinyl release (Aoife O’Donovan Plays Nebraska, out March 24 on Yep Roc Records) and accompanying US tour that starts this week and runs through April 16... Click here for the rest of this article.

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