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Song Premiere: Long Mama “Poor Pretender”


Long Mama — “Poor Pretender”

Americana Highways presents this premiere of Long Mama’s song “Poor Pretender,” the title track from their forthcoming album.  Poor Pretender was produced by Long Mama and Erik Koskinen, recorded and mixed by Erik Koskinen at Real Phonic Studios in Cleveland, Minnesota and mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering in Madison, Wisconsin. Album artwork was created by Jessica Seamans, with album layout and design by Alison Kleiman.

“Poor Pretender” is Kat Wodtke on vocals and acoustic guitar; Andrew Koenig on electric guitar, 12-string guitar, and banjo; Samual Odin on upright bass; Nick Lang on drums; Eva Nimmer on backing vocals; and Erik Koskinen on lap steel, wurlitzer, tambourine, and additional electric guitars.

How often have you made a deal with yourself to get it together?  More than you can count, maybe?  This song addresses the inner conflict, the desire to have everything together, and the reality of the times we’re just a mess.  “I’m no good at this.”  And Long Mama takes it easy along the way, like you’re walking down the longest avenue in the city just waiting for your head to clear, with this honest tune to keep you company.

I wrote this song thinking about a pretty rough-and-tumble period I went through living in Minneapolis. In the wake of a painful break-up, I was trying really hard to seem put together, which made it all the more obvious that I was a total mess. There was a little bit of pride and deliciousness to being found out. I wanted to capture that tension between how we want people to see us versus what we actually are, between stubborn independence and secret need. – Kat Wodtke

Find their music here: https://longmama.bandcamp.com

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