New Release, Trouble In Time
A collaboration between Tekla Waterfield & Jeff Fielder
Trouble In Time marks a first for husband and wife collaborators, award-winning up and coming Seattle based singer/songwriter Tekla Waterfield (Listen Up! Women in Music award recipient, Jack Straw Cultural Center recording artist, Doe Bay Festival Artist in Resident, music video for song, Nice Try, selected by Seattle International Film Festival to premiere at Bumbershoot 2019, song placement for song, Rock and Roll Man in award-winning indie film, Dakota) and multi-instrumentalist and producer, Jeff Fielder (internationally touring guitarist for Mark Lanegan, Amy Ray, Indigo Girls) .
Their two aesthetics have found maturity, meshing together to produce sensual, ephemeral songs nestled in lush beds of laid-back and stripped down grooves. A cohesive interplay runs between Waterfield’s soft, dreamy vocals as in, “Burden of Fear”, and Fielder’s signature and piercing guitar tones, evoking primal, animalistic imagery of whales or birds as in, “Better Days”. Most of the album’s nine songs were written in 2020, in response to the heavy and anxiety-filled events taking place around the world such as, “Let There Be” (“let us join hands/let us witness”), written as a message of hope to 2020’s graduating seniors, and protest song, “No Justice, No Peace”, (“human human/when will you see/until we are equal/we’ll never be free”). Despite the heavy subject matter, there is a resounding takeaway of hope for a brighter tomorrow in this collection of beautiful and haunting songs.
Jeff and Tekla are trickling out singles leading up to a full album release January of 2021. Music from Trouble In Time has been featured on World Cafe, KEXP, KBCS, Radio Phoenix, KNBA with forthcoming interviews on KXSF, and nationally syndicated radio program, Art of The Song.
About Tekla Waterfield
Seattle based singer/songwriter and 2018 Listen Up! Women in Music grant recipient, and 2019 Jack Straw Cultural Center recording grant recipient, Tekla Waterfield lives in the wide-open realm of Americana Roots music, incorporating elements of folk, country, indie, rhythm and blues, and soul. With influences ranging from Courtney Barnett to Aimee Mann, Jim James, Wilco, The Velvet Underground and Marvin Gaye, Waterfield aims to tell a story, paint a picture and evoke emotion with her songs.
Partnering with collaborator and husband, Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan, Amy Ray, Indigo Girls, Sera Cahoone) to produce her 2018 release, The Curtain Falls, garnered Waterfield critical acclaim and radio play. Her song, Rock and Roll Man was featuring in the closing credits of 2019 indie feature film, Dakota, which went on to receive "Best Original Music" in the Richmond VA International Film Festival, "Best of Metro DC" at the DC Independent Film Festival, "Best Actress", "Best Editing", "Best of NOVA", and "Best Score" at the North Virginia Film Festival.
Waterfield collaborated with Seattle videographer, Ryan Jorgenson, to create a music video for her song, Nice Try, was selected by One Reel to be screened/presented by the Seattle International Film Festival at the 2019 Bumbershoot Art and Music Festival.
Tekla co-created, curated and produced a successful tribute series, the Great Women of Country Tribute series, featuring dozens of local womxn musicians performing renditions of well-loved country greats. She also curated the line up for the 2017 Americana Festival with Gigs4U and Friends of the Waterfront Seattle. She's a founding member of the Womxn In Music Seattle group and volunteers at 91.3 KBCS as a live in-studio producer.