June 2, 2017 by 1888media
Cindy Emch, the “Emchy” at the heart of “The Secret Emchy Society,” writes and performs “heartbreakin’ footstompin’ old-school country music.”
As a fixture of seminal Bay-area Americana-inflected bands such as Vagabondage, Rhubarb Whiskey and The Oakland Wine Drinker’s Union, The Stars Fall Shooting Into Twangsville marks Emch’s official solo debut.
After burning out from years of day-job overtime, the loss of friends and family members and watching her own health decline due to the stress, Emchy found herself sitting in a haunted bar in New Orleans, her spiritual second home. On her travels that day a “grizzled and gorgeous” old woman who told her, “come on honey, this is New Orleans. You gotta shake your ass!” The musician took the women’s admonition as a sign – it was time to get down to her real work as a musical artist. This is where the album begins, with the stompy-and-swinging “Two Feet and a Dream,” which saw its official video premiere via Yahoo! Music on Friday June 2.
Emch discussed the genesis of “Two Feet” with Wendy Geller at Yahoo!, “To me songwriting is about sharing a moment, a feeling with the listener — about making that connection. I wanted ‘Two Feet and a Dream’ to be the first single because it was born out of this magical day in New Orleans where everything clicked together to put me on a path to making the new record.”
“I was tired and burnt out from my day job and had this unexpected day off due to weather, and as the sky cleared and the day developed it just kept getting better and better. I mean — having a day off is always great, but then hearing the bagpipes playing a song that I had recently been playing myself on accordion at my relatives’ funerals and just getting an emotionally beautiful sucker punch at St. Louis Cathedral, to later people buying me drinks at the Spotted Cat while the music just overtook us all, to finally this awesome elderly African-American lady getting me to dance to the high school brass band playing on the sidewalk at 3:30 a.m. … everything about that day told me to put one foot in front of another and walk towards my passion and my dreams.”
“Since I’ve written the song and taken it on the road, I’ve had people at shows come up to me after I’ve played it with tears in their eyes, telling me it was exactly what they needed to hear right at that moment. Then sometimes it just makes the whole room happy and full of dancing. Those reactions are the best reviews in the world. That connection, being in service to the audience and to the music like that, it’s what makes all of the work worth it.”
The Stars Fall Shooting Into Twangsville is set for release on July 21 with a hometown show at Hotel Utah in San Francisco on July 22.