Local talent showcased in musical line-up
Local singer/songwriter Lauren O’Connell performs 8-11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, as part of the Prairie Sun Artist Showcase in collaboration with the Redwood Café. The recording studio wants to give artists who have recorded at Prairie Sun an opportunity to extend their reach by performing live for the local community.
Hailing from upstate New York, 23-year-old O’Connell has released three full-length solo albums and one EP as a duo with Nataly Dawn. O’Connell became a multi-instrumental Internet sensation when she uploaded YouTube videos of original songs from her 2007 debut album, Sitting in Chairs, according to Kyle Estheimer, a live-sound and recording assistant at Prairie Sun.
“I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13, and got into singing/songwriting in the Rochester open mic scene when I was 17 or so,” says O’Connell. “Since then I’ve taken to dabbling on piano, drums, banjo, bass, and pretty much anything I can find that will make noise.”
Her 2012 album, Quitters, was produced at Prairie Sun by Oz Fritz, who has worked for more than 25 years with musical greats such as Bob Marley, Elvis Costello, and Les Claypool of Primus. Fritz produced Tom Waits’ Grammy-winning album, Bone Machine, at the studio.
O’Connell calls her music alternative country “with a lot of indie folk and Americana influence” like Bob Dylan, Wilco, and Gillian Welch. She plays in a trio Wednesday night with Josh Fossgreen on upright bass and Dave Rollans on drums. The opener is “a great little folk band” from Napa called River Shiver with a debut album Sink or Swim.
Recording and live-sound engineers from Prairie Sun will be on hand to answer questions about producing or performing music.
Redwood Cafe, 8-11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati
Watch the YouTube video of “Every Space” from Lauren O’Connell’s album Quitters, recorded at Prairie Sun in Cotati: