perhaps the folks at the nytimes have decided that if the local paper ain’t going to cover much of the local cultural scene, they’ll pick up the slack. for the second week running, the sunday arts section has an article on cincinnati music — or maybe more accurately, music with cincinnati roots.
this one’s on the heartless bastards, more specifically a piece on frontwoman erika wennerstrom, who’s got “a voice as big and lonesome as the prairie and a mild presence that grows tenfold when she plugs in her guitar.” a couple of years ago, before we moved to cincinnati, i remember hearing this song and really liking it. little did i know i was supporting local music even then.
the article’s narrative is one of both rebirth and return: wennerstrom, having broken up with her former bandmate and moved (to austin, tx), is now fronting the original lineup of bastards – all of this, of course, in time for a new album, the mountain, just released this week.