Miranda Penn Turin
Theresa Andersson surrounds herself with drums, floor pedals and a guitar in a session from WFUV.
Theresa Andersson surrounds herself with drums, floor pedals and a guitar in a session from WFUV. Miranda Penn Turin
Theresa Andersson is a one-woman band, and this was never more apparent than when she strolled into the WFUV studios with no band members, but two engineers — most solo artists don't travel with any. When I booked the interview back in the early part of this year, it was because I had seen her on YouTube where she had recorded a live version of her song "Na, Na, Na" in her kitchen. The video went viral and her kitchen became famous.
Andersson's new album, Hummingbird, Go! seemed to go back to the "wall of sound" era with a full band and all the trimmings, and yet here she was by herself, surrounded by drums, tons of floor pedals, slide steel guitar and a guitar on her back, and playing them all while singing. I thought I was good at multi-tasking, but this was a whole other level.
So, here she was at WFUV going through her sound check with her engineers, and our engineers are looking at her equipment with these kids in candy-store eyes. It's just hard to fathom how she can juggle all of these plates of sound together. She was just doing some really cool and original stuff, and at the center of all her equipment was a white fake-fur topped stool — obviously the type of stage object that had been given a lot of thought.
Yet, after providing us with a great performance and interview, she left her white stool behind, and it has become a part of our live studio's furniture. The stool has now been used by many musicians who might sing and play an instrument, but not recreate a whole room of music.
As her career continues its ascent, Andersson might be able to relax a little more. When I asked her why she decided to go on tour as a one-woman music machine, she said, "I realized that I couldn't afford all the band members that I needed to go on tour with, so I figured just play everything." She should have added, play everything well.
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