Soul Sisters Podcast: Aoife O'Donovan Talks New Album, Going From Crooked Still to Standing Solo

Soul Sisters Podcast featuring: Aoife O'Donovan
Joanna Chattman

Soul Sisters Podcast featuring: Aoife O'Donovan

In the Magic Hour is the name of bluegrass darling Aoife O'Donovan's new album, and also an apt description of what it felt like chatting with her on this episode of Soul Sisters. Well-known as leading vocalist in the band Crooked Still and her part in the Grammy-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions album, O'Donovan is now thriving in a solo career that finds her harnessing her immense musical talents that first revealed themselves when she knew, at the age of five, that she wanted to be a musician.

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"remember I had a journal and I wrote, 'I want to be a singer, or a doctor,'" she recalls. Perhaps she would have cured cancer if she had chased the latter dream, but her beautiful melodies have certainly healed their share of souls as well.

In this episode, recorded at New York City's Chord Club, O'Donovan tells us about growing up the daughter of an Irish immigrant in the "liberal bubble" of Newton Massachusetts before becoming a symbol of American roots music with the success of Crooked Still; writing the "female empowerment sex anthem" to end all sex anthems with her "folk noir" group Sometymes Why; the "hedonistic" touring life spent camping in between gigs with a "cooler full of Coors Light;" and how it felt, after years of being in a band with her best friends, to finally step into the recording studio alone for the first time.

Answer: "It felt great."

Check out the full episode, including a live performance, below, hosted by Billboard writer/content creator Jessie Katz and Parlour Tricks singer Darah Golub, and be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel for all future episodes:


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