Americana Highways brings you this song premiere of Karen Choi’s “Clear Lake,” from her upcoming release Lost County, produced by Tim Gebauer with Nick Dahlquist and Karen Choi; recorded and mixed by Tim Gebauer at Electropolis, St. Louis; then mastered by Brad Sarno at Blue Jade Audio.
“Clear Lake” is Karen Choi on vocals and acoustic guitar; Nick Dahlquist on electric guitar, organ and vocals; Tony Barbata on drums; Stephen Nowels on bass; Adam Donald on pedal steel.
Karen Choi has the kind of vocals that captivate you from the very first note. The sincerity in her songwriting is at the heart of true country music.
This song is named for a small town in Northern Iowa. One winter I was traveling from Minnesota to Nebraska, trying to get back home to attend my grandfather’s funeral. While I drove it started snowing heavily. I was soon forced off the interstate and snowed in for the night at a motel. Clear Lake is a song about trying to get to a very specific place while on a larger scale feeling a sense of disorientation and uncertainty about your life’s direction. — Karen Choi