New Jersey native Sonya Cotton grew up playing in the woods, exploring barns and lying in open fields, so her ability to create beautiful folk music filled with nature and animal imagery comes as no surprise. The arresting music that accompanies her words evokes her reverence for life and beauty. Cotton's latest release, It Is So, is out now.
It Is So, which pays tribute to Cotton's late mother, is filled with heart-wrenching songs like "Frozen Hands." The slide guitar in the song is mournful, like a theremin or a stranger crying in the next room. The pain of losing a loved one becomes inescapable when the gorgeous chord progression lifts a harmonized Cotton up with the words, "White bone is buried and breaks / While blood flows in ways, like waves / And you're in mine always."
Hear "Frozen Hands" and another song from Cotton's stunning memorial on this installment of World Cafe: Next.