As Baer branches out, let's hope her lyrics aren't always so prescientHOMEGROWN MUSIC FESTIVAL: It takes a meteorologist to measure the power of Aurora Baer’s songwriting.
By: Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune
It takes a meteorologist to measure the power of Aurora Baer’s songwriting.
Soon after penning a song about springtime and rain — with lyrics like “Bring on the rain, wash it all away” — Duluth was hit with the infamous June Flood of 2012.
“It ended up coming true,” Baer said of the song. “It literally was two weeks after that.”
She hasn’t repeated this sort of conjuring since the flood, which is good since she writes sad heartbreak songs, but that doesn’t mean something otherworldly won’t happen when Aurora & Her Good Intentions play at 6 p.m. today at the Clyde Iron Mezzanine.
The band includes Andy Lipke on guitar, Mark Glen on bass, T. Bruce Bowers on fiddle and Tyler Dubla on drums.
Baer’s got a good gig: Day Three of Homegrown Music Festival includes Trampled By Turtles, who headline the mainstage at Clyde at 9 p.m. She should get plenty of traffic at her show.
Other bands featured at Clyde include Jason Wussow & Friends and The Keep Aways on the mainstage and Tin Can Gin, Markus J. Dandy & The Complete Lack Thereof on the mezzanine stage.
Reminder: The mainstage shows require a $25 weeklong wristband.
Baer grew up in a small town playing guitar and training horses. She moved to Duluth for college and reconnected with her father, Frank Nichols, who set her up with a gig — a weekly Tuesday night stand at Carmody Irish Pub.
Baer was able to work through the early kinks of being a musician and practice her craft.
“That was the beginning of being serious about it,” she said.
These days Baer is a full-time musician, sometimes playing five shows a week. Her act has been cover-song heavy, including music by Gillian Welch, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Brandi Carlile. Bar audiences, she has found, prefer to hear something they know.
“They want you to play ‘Wagon Wheel,’ ” she said. “Twice.”
Lately she’s trying to fit some of her own songs into the mix.
“I’ve had to build my repertoire of original music,” she said. “I sandwich my originals in between covers so that they’re palatable for people.”
That’s one of the things she’s looking forward to with her third Homegrown Music Festival.
“It’s all original music,” she said.
Baer is about four tracks into making an album. She plans to spend the summer in Wisconsin, come back to Duluth to finish her album and have a release party. Then she’s moving to a bigger, warmer music scene in Austin, Texas.