Orchid, the new album from three-time Woody Guthrie Award-winning singer-songwriter K.C. Clifford, will be released digitally March 2 on iTunes and CD Baby, and will also be available at www.kcclifford.com.
The 10-song set is led by the single, “Broken Things,” and includes the Oklahoma history-inspired, “Redman,” the tragic, old-style folk ballad “Blue Bonnets,” highly personal songs of struggle and triumph (“Jericho,” “‘Atta Girl,” and “Songbird”), and the inspirational, “Story of Our Own,” written for the upcoming documentary, “Film Festival: Rwanda.”
The Americana/Folk-influenced album is Clifford’s fourth independent release, recorded with producer Will Hunt. Hunt has also recently worked with artists including The Polyphonic Spree, Green River Ordinance, The Burning Hotels, David Hodges and Amy Lee from Evanescence.
Clifford says Orchid remains true to her previous work, but takes a leap forward in terms of cohesiveness and songwriting maturity.
“You can listen to this album from start to finish and feel like you’ve stepped into my world a little.” she said. “Previous albums have been fairly eclectic, with songs from a number of styles and genres. Orchid is more of an experiential album. Also, the way I speak about my life has become much less guarded over the past year, and it’s reflected in the songwriting. There’s absolutely no hiding on this album.”
Previous albums include: Pockets Full of Hope, Live at The Blue Door, (2008); Teeth-marks on My Tongue, (2004); and Times Like These, (2000).
Clifford recently completed a month-long tour of the northeastern U.S., appearing at World Café Live and on XPN’s “Folk Alley” radio show with Gene Shay in Philadelphia, and Googie’s Lounge in Manhattan. She will perform at The Jazz Lab in Edmond, Okla. on Dec. 27 with Mountain Smoke, the bluegrass band known for launching the career of Vince Gill.
Orchid CD release parties are scheduled for Feb. 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. at The Blue Door, located at 2805 N. McKinley Ave. in MidTown Oklahoma City. Tickets are $15 and seating is limited. Call 524-0738 for advance tickets.