Neko Case recorded her first album of country-tinged folk-pop in 1997, then moved from her college home in Vancouver to Seattle to begin serious work as a solo artist. She spent the next decade or so writing and recording her chilling, spacious songs in a number of formats — live releases, studio albums and home recordings — in the process incorporating multiple contributions from musician friends.
Upon the release of 2006's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Case had already established herself with vocal performances on The New Pornographers' albums, as well as stellar live performances, often in duos or with a mixed bag of collaborators. The disc turned out to be her biggest commercial hit yet, and Case was named Female Artist of the Year at the 2006 PLUG Independent Music Awards.
In this excerpt from her appearance on World Cafe, Case talks about a few of her key influences.