“What took you so long?”
That’s not just a line from one of her songs, it’s what fans of Victoria Bouffard have been asking for years. Victoria’s first album, “All the Reasons”, was recorded in August 2006 at Signature Sounds Studio with producer David “Goody” Goodrich. It’s a record of where her music has come from, and a hint at the future. And it was worth the wait.
Victoria performed at open mikes under the radar until Ellis Paul asked her onstage at Caffe Lena to perform “We Belong”. As a result, she landed her first headlining show there, and opened for Lowen & Navarro multiple times. She’s continued performing at local venues as well as festivals including Fetish Fest. But until now, her only recording credit was the infamous Lowen & Navarro “Love Song” recorded at WPYX and released on their fanclub cd and a WPYX cd.
“All the Reasons” is a collection of nine originals and three covers, with additional guitars, piano, bass, and kalimba by Goody, and guest vocals by Catherine Norr. Victoria played the flute as a nod to her early classical training. It’s full of variety - electric, acoustic, witty, melancholy, simple, complex. But it’s all her, all tied together in her rich voice, which is more often described as “you make me think of...” than “you sound like...”
The songs are intelligent and insightful, sometimes observations of dysfunctional characters, sometimes personal. Some are presented as story songs, others as poetry wrapping iteself around a single idea. But they always seem as if she’s trying to let you in on some secret, yet stopping just short of revealing it. She won’t tell you who she’s visiting with in “Red Pajamas”, she won’t reveal who’s asking for “All the Reasons”, or who deserves to be called “Empty Girl”. It doesn’t matter, because there’s something universal in each of these, so the listener already knows.
The songs she covers are always a surprise, especially to her, as they are made her own. At any show you are likely to hear songs from her influences woven between originals into a single vision. Bruce Cockburn, Lowen & Navarro, Gnarls Barkley, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello - all are fair game within the same night! She plays in a variety of tunings and styles, from delicate finger picking to crunching percussive strumming, always with close attention to detail.
Victoria is currently performing at venues in the Capital District area and beyond. She left Vance Glibert speechless at a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival performance critique workshop. She has participated in the Open Mic Finals at the Towne Crier and the Night Eagle. “Ominously Happy” has been played on WEQX. “Hero” reached number 40 on neilyoung.com. Victoria will perform in the 2007 Solarfest Songwriter Showcase in July.