Wednesday Video Spotlight: Audra Mae featured in A-Sides, playing Sunday at Oklahoma City’s Blue Door
Audra Mae was recently featured on Huffington Post’s music video series A-Sides.
The up-and-coming Oklahoma-born and bred singer-songwriter will play Sunday night at the Blue Door, marking her first hometown show since the 2011 Norman Music Festival.
For A-Sides, Putnam City High School graduate gave acoustic renditions of her songs “My Friend the Devil” and “Old Italian Love Songs.” Both songs are from her sophomore LP “Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound,” which her indie label SideOneDummy Records released on Valentine’s Day.
“Honestly, the CD is sort of a showcase for all the talented people who’ve been inspiring me. I just brought ‘em in and was lucky enough to be able to create with them and put it out on one record,” Mae told me in a phone interview this week.
“The next one will probably be pretty much just me, like the first one (her 2010 debut LP ‘The Happiest Lamb’) was. But this one was sort of a rare chance to collaborate and shed some light on some other very talented people.”
For “The Almighty Sound,” Mae, who now lives in Los Angeles, assembled a group of friends who also happen to be fellow musicians and songwriters. They started playing and writing together and eventually decided to make an album, with Mae co-producing alongside country singer-songwriter Deana Carter, best known for her multiplatinum 1996 album “Did I Shave My Legs For This?”
“I just didn’t want my friends to fade into the background of an Audra Mae (album). I didn’t want people not to know who was on it. So I made them all a big part of the artwork and I named them The Almighty Sound and I named the record ‘The Almighty Sound’ ‘cause I wanted to give them the … prestige that they deserved,” Mae said.
“I think it’s been received well because of the energy we had in the room. We were excited to do it. We had a time limit so we had to do it real fast. We had to have that urgency there, and they’re such good players. I hope that they see the reviews and feel really proud of themselves ‘cause they killed it. I couldn’t be happier about it. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done — so far.”
The A-Sides performances feature just Mae and her guitar, and she said fans can expect a similar setup Sunday at the Blue Door. Look for more of my feature on Mae Friday.