The ratio of male to female artists has always been skewed about 5 to 1 in favor of the guys here on Songs:Illinois. I’m not sure what the reason is for that but I’m pleased to follow up yesterday’s post on Sarah Sample with today’s on Antje Duvekot. Antje Duvekot is a rising star in the folk world. The songs from her breakout record, 2006′s Big Dream Boulevard, really resonated with fans and industry types alike. Her new record, The Near Demise Of The High Wire Dancer, is her second studio release, was produced by Richard Shindell, and has guest appearances by John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky and Victor Krauss.
Antje’s vocals owe much to Dar Williams and Ani Difranco, but her songs are fully her own. They are generally not simple tales of love gone wrong but are more intricate affairs. Her followup is due out March 17 and is on Black Wolf Records. This label is way too small (a MySpace page with 7 friends) to make a dent, so I just hope the team behind Antje have a way to get the word out about this record.
Buy the new record here now.