First it was Vashti Bunyan. Then, Sibylle Baier. Now another seventies-era songstress is getting some late-game limelight: Conneticut folk singer Kath Bloom receives credit where due on Loving Takes This Course: A Tribute to Kath Bloom, just out on Chapter Music.
The two-disc set contains a CD of Kath's originals and a corresponding compilation of covers, coming from the likes of neo-folk artists Devendra Banhart, Bill Callahan and Josephine Foster as well as local ladies Corinna Repp and Scoutt Niblett.
Mr. Callahan's version of "The Breeze/My Baby Cries" is up for preview over at Prefix, but listen to Kath's version for a look at the origins of the barely-there voice, weeping guitar and to-the-bone lyrics that populate much of the music being made today.
Kath Bloom & Loren Connors — The Breeze/My Baby Cries
WARNING: This song is incredibly sad. Listen at the risk of revisiting significant heart-break you may have experienced.