Reed Turner’s wandering spirit has lured him to several cities, but when it came to finding inspiration for his new release, GHOSTS IN THE ATTIC (Feb. 5, 2013), he learned home is where the heart is. The Austin-raised folk-rocker returned to a welcoming music community — and found many collaborators who helped him turn concepts into reality. Turner will perform his latest work at a CD release show Feb. 8 at Stubb’s Bar-B-Que in Austin, and at several showcases during the 25th annual International Folk Alliance Conference Feb. 20-24 at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto. (See list below.)
GHOSTS, produced in Austin by Matt Noveskey (Joshua Radin, Courrier), tackles topics ranging from the conflict between ambition and patience (“Room for Doubt”) to cheatin’ hearts — addressed in “Killed That Girl (’Cause She Was Killin’ Me”), Turner’s speeded-up take on the time-honored murder ballad.
Though Turner found new creative juice in Austin, he credits his participation in the 2012 Folk Alliance conference in Memphis with helping to cement some special artistic relationships. He returns this year with two bandmates: bassist Pat Harris and fiddler/singer-songwriter Phoebe Hunt (he plays in her band, too). In addition to trio performances, Turner and Hunt will duet; Turner also will perform solo, and accompany Hunt at some of her showcase performances. He is also slated to appear back in Austin in March for South By Southwest, followed by a spring tour.