Local 913, Episode 98: Judith Avers
Originally from Liberal, Kansas, Judith Avers found her way to Pittsburgh in 2010 for her wife’s residency and since then has been a mainstay in the close-knit songwriting community. Avers is known for her solo work as well as formerly being a member of the local traditional trio, The Early Mays. She is getting set to release her first solo album since 2012’s God Bless The Brooders, which was released at a tumultuous time in her life:
“It was kind of a weird time in my life; I jokingly refer to it as the cursed album release. I had a lot of deaths in my family over the course of making it. My father was dying while I recorded it. When I finished mixing, my sister died and when it got ordered, my mom died. It was on my porch when I got back from my mom’s funeral. A lot of those songs got played at their funerals. It’s a really important CD that someday I will listen to. As far as promoting it, I didn’t really have it in me to do anything. I’m hoping this [new record] is a little bit freer and less charged emotionally for me- that it’s fun and cool and that there’s a power to it.”
Her upcoming album is a bit of a departure from her past records with more of a groovy pop/rock feel versus acoustic folk. However, one thing that remains constant is her stellar songwriting, especially on the new song ‘Reverie:”
“Sometimes in life, I can get caught up looking for this imaginary dreamland. Or this imaginary perfect situation or person or partner or life or career. It’s taken me a long time to realize that none of it is like that. It’s a lot of scrapping around and hard work. I am not this imaginary dreamland perfect person. With “Reverie,” I realize this is who I am right now at this age. I’ve spent years trying to be this quieter, more polite and demure version of myself that I think people want me to be. “Reverie” is for me and anyone else that’s just like ‘No – this is who I am!’ That’s an illusion. I’m not part of the illusion.”
For more on Judith Avers, check out her website.