Artist: Margo Cilker
Hometown: Santa Clara Valley, California
Song: “Lowland Trail”
Album: Valley of Heart’s Delight
Release Date: September 15, 2023
Label: Fluff and Gravy Records
Editor’s Note: Recorded with producer Sera Cahoone and engineer John Morgan Askew, the upcoming album Valley of Heart’s Delight is an homage to Cilker’s birthplace of Santa Clara Valley in California.
In Their Words: “I wrote these songs surrounded by the wild landscapes of the Northwest, but I was leaning toward the place I’d come from. The valley felt like a distant memory to me. I was geographically cut off, and feeling cut off from my family. I spent hours thinking about my sense of belonging. I’d traveled through many places and then, when the travel stopped, I ruminated on where I had ended up. Where were you when the music stopped? I was in Enterprise, Oregon. And there in Enterprise, my mind drifted back to the Valley of Heart’s Delight.
“I wrote about family — about death and rebirth, and the arcs of love and art through a family line. There are songs that hint at missteps and redemption. There are songs about trees: in orchard rows, family trees, redwood trees. And water: agricultural runoff, wild rivers, baptismal flows, tears, brine of the sea. And there’s a [cover] song about a fish, ’cause it’s a damn good song and I wanted to record it.” — Margo Cilker
Photo Credit: Jen Borst