Written by: Richy Jones
Americana/Blues recording artist, Lauren Calve is coming to Richmond to headline the Tin Pan on December 14, 2022. Fans can expect to hear songs across her catalog spanning from her award winning, 2014 debut EP “Between the Creek and the Cracks”, her 2020 project “Wildfire”, and her anticipated full length album (not yet titled), set to release in 2023.
Calve is very excited to share this new project with the world as it will show a maturity to her already thought provoking catalog.
“My songwriting process has evolved a lot since my first release. For once, I’m using my own life and stories to influence my writing. As a result, the new album is the first that really sounds like me.”
Teaming up with Grammy-nominated recording engineer Dexter Green, the album was recorded with the same members of Sheryl Crow’s band backing Lauren up.
“I wrote the songs on the new album over the course of 12 months during the high point of the pandemic. I recorded the songs in Nashville in four batches during that time period.”
Calve credits her authentic sound and lyrics to simply writing what she knows. In the tug of war many artists of today feel between staying true to their sound and giving in to the temptation to make music motivated by more likes and TikTok virality, she says, “I don’t think I’m talented enough to make music specifically for whatever trend is happening at the moment.” Instead, Calve continues to be driven by her natural curiosity and love for learning.
There’s a certain nostalgia to Lauren Calve’s songwriting style that exudes soul as she makes sense of her world, often drawing from family stories, or even historical significance. “She Loves Waterfalls”, and “Better Angels”, from her Wildfire EP are two great examples of these themes respectively.
On being asked about the differences in the DMV area music scene versus Richmond, Calve says, “I’ve only played in Richmond a few times, but I love it. There seems to be a strong passion for live music and discovering new artists. In DC, it’s sometimes hard to compete with the national venues and the transient community that exists there.”
For more information on Lauren Calve, her music, and to stay up to date with her news, be sure to visit www.laurencalve.com
Blog Author - Richy Jones: Hey, my name is Richy Jones (they/them) and I’m a freelance creative holding it down in RVA. In 2017 I earned a bachelors degree from Virginia Commonwealth University with a discipline in music education. As a former school music teacher, I maintain a passion for sharing my love of music through various media. I’m happy to be apart of the HearRVA team, being a proponent of Richmond’s vibrant and growing music scene. As a hip hop artist, I record and perform under the stage name Qing Richy.