"On and On"
"The Beatles and the Stones" (by The House of Love)
"River House in Tinicum"
"Classic Rock in Spring" (by Kurt Vile)
"Stars Climb up the Vine"
"Friends" (by Marc Almond)
Meg Baird's songs blend reassuring traditions with modern uncertainties, creating music that's engrossing and gently disquieting. Her singing is light and true, and her songs are unhurried, gradually unfurling her clear and cryptic observations to the accompaniment of her fingerpicked acoustic guitar.
Baird's roots reach back to the North Carolina folk songs collected in the early 20th century by her great-great uncle I.G. Greer, but she's also a member of the Philadelphia-based, second-generation psychedelic band Espers. On her 2007 solo album, Dear Companion, Baird proved to have a special knack for covering songs and making them her own.
In late May 2010, Meg Baird joined me in the WNYC studio to talk about and perform a set of mostly new original songs, as well as a few well-chosen covers of songs by The House of Love, Kurt Vile and Marc Almond. (The recording engineer for this session was George Wellington.)