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On the Record With Haley Bonar

When I talked to my sister about doing the artwork for the record, I thought, "You should paint my face, and make me have a gold grill!"

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Minneapolis alt-country songstress Haley Bonar released her latest full-length, Golder, in April. She talked with CP about the album, her town and some … other upcoming plans. (A longer transcript appears on our music blog, FFW>>.)

 

I heard a rumor about you. You're expecting?

Yes, it's very true! I'm due October 18. I just found out that I'm having a girl; I'm pretty excited. 

 

I assume you'll be taking time off of touring after that? 

I'm sure I'm not gonna take too much time off. I'll probably be [home in Minneapolis] over the winter, but I think I'll probably try to get back on the road in the spring if possible.

 

What's with the new album's title? Golder than what?

I'm not sure -- I kept being drawn to gold. When I talked to my sister about doing the artwork for the record, I thought, "You should paint my face, and make me have a gold grill!" I forgot about that for a while, but I wanted something that wasn't so straightforward. It's about constantly moving forward and challenging yourself with your creative process. I thought it was kind of a cool word. I like to make up my own words. 

 

Any Pittsburgh connections? 

I have a super cool Pittsburgh connection! My mom's father, Dunc McCallum, was a hockey player, and he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins! This was in the late '60s, early '70s. I think it's a magical city and I love it -- the architecture and the mountains and everything. 

 

HALEY BONAR with DANIEL MARTIN MOORE . 7 p.m. Sun., June 19. Club Café,  56 S. 12th St., South Side. $12. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com

 

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