Joyous Expansion #98 - Tekla Waterfield - Kickstarting Your Dreams On The Rollercoaster Of Life
Joyous Expansion/Church of Awesome
In this episode, I open up about my anxiety about bragging about myself. Then I have a wonderful interview with Tekla Waterfield about her career as a musician. Tekla Waterfield is a Seattle based singer/songwriter and 2018 Listen Up! Women in Music grant recipient, and 2019 Jack Straw Cultural Center recording grant recipient, Tekla Waterfield lives in the wide-open realm of Americana Roots music, incorporating elements of folk, country, indie, rhythm and blues, and soul. With influences ranging from Courtney Barnett to Aimee Mann, Jim James, Wilco, The Velvet Underground, and Marvin Gaye, Waterfield aims to tell a story, paint a picture and evoke emotion with her songs.Partnering with collaborator and husband, Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan, Amy Ray, Indigo Girls, Sera Cahoone) to produce her 2018 release, The Curtain Falls, garnered Waterfield critical acclaim and radio play. Her song, Rock and Roll Man was featured in the closing credits of 2019 indie feature film, Dakota, which went on to receive Best Original Music; in the Richmond VA International Film Festival, Best of Metro DC at the DC Independent Film Festival, & Best Actress, Best Editing, Best of NOVA, and Best Score at the North Virginia Film Festival. Waterfield collaborated with Seattle videographer, Ryan Jorgenson, to create a music video for her song, Nice Try, which was selected by One Reel to be screened/presented by the Seattle International Film Festival at the 2019 Bumbershoot Art and Music Festival.
Aside from the obvious connection of well, their marriage, Seattle’s Tekla Waterfield & Jeff Fielder have had their musical collaborations in the books since Waterfield’s 2018 LP The Curtain Falls. Multi-instrumentalist/producer Fielder’s spent years cutting his teeth across the globe as touring guitarist for acts like Indigo Girls and Mark Lanegan, while Waterfield’s established a legacy of pro-feminist activism that pairs perfectly with the songwriter’s take on the Americana genre. Waterfield & Fielder’s upcoming debut as a duo, Trouble In Time, finds the couple coalescing elements of soft rock, indie folk, and soul into a seamless sound. Trouble In Time is out next January and its lead single “Let There Be” will help you appreciate being in the moment, no matter how tough it may be.
Join us in a delightful conversation with the extremely talented Tekla WaterfieldYou can find her music available on her website or on SpotifyWomen in Music grant recipient2019 Jack Straw Cultural Center recording grant recipient
On this Word On the Street podcast we talk again with Tekla Waterfield. It was great to catch up with Tekla, she talks to me about how she has been processing the pandemic and Black Lives Matter. We talked about how the pandemic has informed some of her choices for expressing artistically. She also told me her experience with Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) and some of the things she noticed while there. I also asked Tekla how some of these topics have informed her as an artist, and if there is a struggle with the content and expressing message. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.*The conversation with Tekla starts at 10:00Featured music:"Alright" by Tekla Waterfield"Let There Be" by Tekla Waterfield"Alright" video version Learn more here:https://www.teklawaterfield.com/You can find, subscribe, rate, and review the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Colorhttps://www.usa.gov/register-to-voteUncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man