After a decade of photographing and touring with rock, pop and alternative bands, The Tennessee Walker’s Sterling Powers was suddenly compelled to write music, herself. Unable to play an instrument but hounded by ideas, she sang melodies into a microphone, hunted for the notes on a midi keyboard, and wrote her debut EP: Horses in the Snow, which she released in May, 2013.
Within a few months, she learned to play piano, was joined by a group of talented instrumentalists, and was invited to perform at the Eagle Rock Music Festival.
The Tennessee Walker’s sound draws from Old Hollywood musicals and deep-rooted folk music but fully embraces present synthetic and futurist textures. The sound has been described as “Oingo Boingo fronted by the Andrews Sisters,” “Annie Lennox backed by the Decemberists,” and “a sort of burlesque Beck.”
In the studio, Powers was joined by Nick South (Donovan; Robert Palmer), Ethan Walter and Jim Putnam (Radar Brothers), Nathan Van Hala (West Indian Girl), Matt Mayhall (Spain) and Andrew Lynch (Landy) to record “Horses in the Snow.”
For her next performance, she will be joined by Andrew Van Baal, Clifton James Weaver, Dustin Prince, and others.