What happens when three of the most incredibly talented women in songwriting combine goals and dreams to create an album together? A self-titled album called "Case/Lang/Veirs." It all started with an email sent years ago from k.d. lang to Neko Case and Laura Veirs, suggesting that the three make an album together. The successful, soulful result of that initial email message can be witnessed at the Bend Athletic Club on Wednesday, July 5 as part of the Peak Summer Nights summer music series.
The collaborative album opens with "Atomic Number," setting a gentle tone for the rest of the record. All three vocalists bring their best to create a soft, yet powerful melody as each voice compliments the other.
"Behind the Armory" may be number seven on the record, but it is number one in my heart. If ever I have danced with my one true love in a daydream, this song was playing in the background.
The album's final song, "Georgia Stars," will empower anyone lucky enough to be within earshot. We recommend playing this album as a soundtrack to any road trip, whether physical, emotional, or metaphorical.
The collaborators are stars in their own rights, and the combination adds up to more than the sum of its parts.
Neko Case, who left home at 15, has received much acclaim for her indie-style music. She played drums for a few punk bands and attended college in Vancouver, British Columbia, before moving to Seattle in 1998, during a thriving year for alternative music.
k.d. lang has been in the business of singing and songwriting since the mid-80s. Born in Alberta, Canada she attributes much of her influence to Patsy Cline and even formed a tribute band after college. She eventually branched out, though not far beyond country music. The genre not only spoke to her, but she had mastered it so completely that in 2013, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Growing up, Laura Veirs preferred punk to folk music and Americana. But after visiting China, she decided to focus on folk and country.
Together, these three female musicians weave a brave, feminist fabric into an increasingly vibrant tapestry of cutting-edge country-western music, chaotic punk, and comfortable Americana.
Listen to an in-depth interview with the trio at bit.ly/293AtSY.
Peak Summer Nights
Bend Athletic Club,
61615 Athletic Club Dr., Bend
Tuesday, July 5, 7pm, $44