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Conversations with creators and organizers of the arts scene in West Michigan, hosted by Cara Lieurance

Album release: "For the Willows," by Payton & Annabelle

Cover art for Payton & Annabelle's "For the Willows"
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Cover art for Payton & Annabelle's "For the Willows"

Two friends who met at the Kalamazoo Academy of Rock celebrated the release of their first album at The Clover Room on Mar 2, playing to a full house. Payton Carter and Annabelle Fuerst of Payton & Annabelle tell Cara Lieurance about writing the songs during a period of beginnings and endings in their lives: Carter's first year of college and Fuerst's final year of high school. They talk about composing via online sessions, recording at La Luna Recording & Sound, and they share the stories behind three songs: "In Daydreams," "Weeping, Crying, Sobbing Willow" and "Madeline."

The album, For The Willows, is available on all streaming platforms, including bandcamp. You can follow Payton & Annabelle on Instagram.

Cara Lieurance is the local host of NPR's All Things Considered on 1021 WMUK and covers local arts & culture on Let's Hear It on 89.9 Classical WMUK weekday mornings at 10 - 11 am.
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