Sonya Cotton: Red River

Sonya Cotton is a San-Francisco based singer-songwriter with a beautiful voice, and a singular vision, who describes her work in this way:

Sonya’s compositions are deeply personal, drawing upon her dreams, family, and love; they often come from a place of profound reverence for the natural world and the creatures of the earth.  In singing about wild spaces (rivers, woods, mountains,) and the animals that inhabit them, she hopes to bring herself and others in touch with the sacredness of these spaces, and to contemplate and critique our culture’s compulsion to exploit and destroy these creatures and spaces.

The music is right in my comfort zone – eliciting memories of Joanna Newsom, Laura Gibson, Fleet Foxes, and even Joan Baez.  On Red River, a showcase of San Franciscan talents – “…including Ezra Lipp (drums; Sean Hayes, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Stitchcraft) Joey Chang (cello, Cello Joe) and Wayne Van Lieu (french horn, Monterey, Marin, and Napa Valley Symphonies)” – produces deep, languid arrangements of folk and Americana.  Sonya’s tenderness and reverence for the world around her really shine on “Red River,” which has a gentleness that I find mesmerizing.  But perhaps most intriguing of all is the way in which this music feels old.  Old in a sense that it plumbs the deeper corners of the soul, and finds sparkling gems of natural beauty and humanity amidst the dark.

So, if you’re in the mood for a little reflection, or if you need a bit of quiet, go ahead and follow me:

Here’s “Red River” from the album of the same name.

[audio:|titles=Sonya Cotton – Red River]  Sonya Cotton – Red River

Here’s the official video for “Hunters:”

Hunters from Sonya Cotton on Vimeo.

You should also check out this amazing performance over at Chasing the Moon, and then visit her page to listen to some more tracks.  After that, visit the myspace page for music and tour information.  Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Sonya Cotton: Red River”

    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by! There really is something amazing about Sonya’s music. I’ve had her on heavy rotation, this week, and I keep finding new things to grab my attention.

      On a slightly quirky note, I noticed that some lucky person had her play his/her 30th Birthday Party. I think I would have welcomed the decade with a lot more grace, if I’d had a soundtrack like this… 🙂

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