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Maine music request: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

03/06/2015

A young Maine musician, who goes by the stage name of  “Lady Lamb the Beekeeper,” scored a big feature on a very hip National Public Radio show earlier this week.

Aly Spaltro is her real name. She doesn’t sound anything like lamb or a bee.

Spaltro is barely 20-years-old, but music critics in Maine have talked about her for years. With the hype hitting the national media, I figured I better do a sonic search and learn more about Lady Lamb.

I found this amazing video:

Either her voice is too big for my crappy computer speakers or that super-cool, satellite-shaped microphone has some kind of magic soul button underneath it. Maybe it’s both. How can such a big voice come out of such a little body? Who taught her to play slow-motion banjo like that?

Clearly Spaltro has a gift and has worked hard to shape it into something totally original.

Maybe this is what Aretha Franklin would have sounded like if she was given a banjo instead of a choir robe for her 14th birthday.

“Between Two Trees” is a good example of Lady Lamb songwriting, not her songs. She writes mostly about tortured and dark relationships and her music always takes unexpected turns that somehow end up in the right place. The songs on her records follow the same formula but get punched up with loud electric guitars and backing musicians, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.

I was listening the University of Minnesota student radio station yesterday during its annual pledge drive. I decided to donate like I always do and called. I told the pledge-taker I was listening in Maine and requested a Lady Lamb song.

“She’s from Maine,” I said.

The pledge-taker sounded surprised to have a long distance listener. She wasn’t surprised by the Lady Lamb request.

“I’ve heard of her,” she said. “I don’t know if we have anything here though. I’ll take a look.”

A few minutes later Lady Lamb was playing on the campus of the University of Minnesota, you know, where Bob Dylan was a student.

Here’s Lady Lamb singing a Bob Dylan song:

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2 Comments
  1. I think the first video is a Jenny Lewis song, isn’t it?

    • The song is from her 2010 “Mammoth Swoon” album. I believe she wrote all the songs on the record. Here’s something from a consequencesofsound.net review: “Between Two Trees” from Mammoth Swoon shows another facet of Lady Lamb’s songwriting gift.

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