When May Came to Texas in the spring of aught eight, it was mayhem.
Rising folk star Raina Rose had recently given up her apartment and her
boyfriend and once again moved all of her belongings into her car (a failing
1985 VW Vanagon). She and her dog Hopi hit the road and began writing
the songs that would comprise her 4th full length studio album.
Fifteen months and a couple hundred shows later, it was time to give these songs
a home. After a few false starts with astrologically unsuitable producers,
Raina took the reigns herself, assembled a band of her favorite Austin musicians,
promised them food and sweet talked Stephen Orsak into setting up microphones
in a friend's living room. Over the course of 4 days in the September of 2009,
Raina's first self-produced album was born. When May Came is a collection of
11 live performances, recorded face to face by a group of friends, with minimal
overdubs and equal parts laughter, magic and -yes- mayhem.