I am thrilled to announce that I have finished the final artistic touches on the new album. This album is my 4th album under The Littlest Birds, but my first time recording with the full band. Every song was recorded to two inch metallic tape at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, then hand-delivered to be mastered for vinyl at Chicago Mastering Studios. I have so enjoyed working closely with Jacob Winik as co-producers for this collection of music. Every track was carefully selected from a growing pile of unrecorded new songs, and this album is a deeper representation of who I am, and the sound I have always envisioned for The Littlest Birds. I made each of the covers for the records by hand at Dartmouth College's book arts studio, which has one of the few remaining letterpresses large enough to make something like this. I was gifted nearly 100 pounds of USGS topographic maps of my great, square state of WY, and cut each one by hand to highlight some aspect of the map. Using a Corona typewriter font, I printed the liner notes on the back of each map, folded it carefully to fit into each case, only to be discovered by the listener, the map, a road map to the album, and really to life, unfolding like a mountain range, springing to life as the music creates the soundtrack.
If it's not for art and for beauty and community, then what is it?
If you wish to be on the short-list to order this album and be part of my new music performance project, Play It Forward, contact me directly.
Check out details on my Tour page as they get finalized. I'll be looking for tips and suggestions on places to play in every state, as well as sponsors for concerts.
Sharon Martinson is Wyoming's Performer of the Year, and is sponsored, in part by The Wyoming Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Wyoming Humanities Council.