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Interview: Theresa Andersson, the One-Woman Band

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When Theresa Andersson was eighteen she left her native Sweden on a romantic whim and moved with her boyfriend to New Orleans to form a band. The romance fell apart, but by then Theresa had fallen in love with the city and it's vibrant music scene. A little more than a decade later Andersson has written her fifth studio album, Hummingbird, Go! to great critical acclaim with Rolling Stone calling her a "spacier, sultrier Feist."

A multi-talented musician, Theresa plays almost all of the instruments on the album. To make the demos for her the LP she set up her instruments in her kitchen. The producer liked it so much that he decided that the whole album should be recorded there. The studio recordings were put on YouTube and has become a huge underground hit (watch the video below). Theresa Andersson is bringing her one-woman band to the Hotel Cafe four times this January. She was kind enough to speak to us on Saturday.

Where did you come up with the title Hummingbird, Go!

Well it was kinda a name that I thought would suit the mood on the album. It was inspired by the birds that flew around my garden. I wrote most of this album outside either in my garden or walking along the Mississippi. I thought that hummingbirds would really be a good fit. They move really fast and appear as if staying absolutely still. That's kind of how I was playing all of these instruments on this album.