“Boulder” is Ferron’s fourteenth release in a recording career that spans thirty-one years.
Ferron is a singer-songwriter and poet who grew up in the Vancouver area, ran away at 15 and went on to become one of Canada's most famous folk-singers.
The New York Times called Ferron's music "startlingly intimate, honest and inspiring." The Boston Globe once said, "Someday, they will call Dylan the Ferron of the 60s."
In 2008, a young indie-rocker and violinist known as Bitch, (Bitch and Animal, Bitch+The Exciting Conclusion, Shortbus), took it upon herself to make an album of Ferron that would speak to younger generations. The result, Boulder, includes performances by Ani Difranco, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers (The Indigo Girls), JD Samson (Le Tigre), and Sam Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), Lyndell Montgomery (Ember Swift), Tina G (Goddes and She), Geo Wyeth, Julie Wolf, Ulali and The Midtown Dickens.
“Boulder” is intimate and sparsely arranged. We hear the voice of a legend—the story of an elder. It's a collection of songs that speak the voice of a well-traveled folk hero. Bitch's production not only captures the essence of Ferron's songs, but challenges the youth to do what youth is rarely encouraged to do: tune in to the ones who have come before us, hear their wisdom and grow from it.
“Boulder” was mixed by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine (Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Bill Frisell) and mastered by Jon Cohrs (Laurie Anderson, Pink Martini, Quasi). “Boulder,” was released on Bitch’s own record label, Short Story Records.
A musical poet and songwriter herself, Bitch fell in love with Ferron when the two met at a festival a few years ago. They forged an instant friendship and connection when Ferron randomly invited Bitch on stage to play violin with her.
Their live show combines a light-hearted banter with songs that captivate and go straight to the heart. The result is a powerful union of two poets, made richer by the fact that they come from different generations. An odd billing at first glance, the two are gaining much attention for their intimate live shows.
After one of their first performances together, Bitch drove to the remote woods of Michigan, camped her RV outside Ferron's house, and proceeded to record the legend in her own home. With just a laptop computer and one microphone serving as a studio, she recorded Ferron playing on her front porch, the crickets outside the house, and the sound of Ferron's car pulling into the gravel driveway.
After she left Michigan, Bitch continued touring, and carried the project with her. She proceeded to assemble a mini studio all over the country, including the basement bathroom of a house that was given to them for a night in Asheville, to record a saw player, one half of the underground darlings, Midtown Dickens. "The studio has been set up in so many different places, I wish I had a picture of each one!" says Bitch.
WHAT THE PRESS SAID ABOUT BOULDER:
"It's difficult to underestimate the significance of Boulder….guaranteed to blow some minds." -Bay Area Reporter
"The big story, however, is how much notice the singer is finally getting from a newer generation, as evidenced by the plethora of influential guests on Boulder, from Ani Difranco and Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas) to the Indigo Girls and JD Samson (Le Tigre)." -CMJ.COM
"Giving this folk icon a fresh new sound" -New England Edge
"For Ferron, this new CD marks yet another milestone, as she passes the torch to a younger generation of women musicians — like Bitch, the indie-rocker who produced Boulder, and like Ani DiFranco who sings backup in "Girl on a Road." Bitch's icy violin playing, along with scraps of feedback and a lonely, tolling piano, create a darker soundtrack for "Girl on a Road," emphasizing one of Ferron's recurring themes: that the answers to life's big questions might lie just around the next bend." -NPR.com
"Boulder promises to be her freshest and most recognized album yet" -The Aquarian, NY