The Sonoma Coast town of Bodega Bay is probably best known as the dark backdrop for Alfred Hitchcock's film, "The Birds." But the town is also home to the folk trio, Rainbow Girls. Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey and Vanessa May started playing music together in the dorms at UC Santa Barbara. Now, they're playing for audiences around the world. Their newest album, "American Dream," came out last month.
The following is an excerpt from a conversation with Sasha Khokha, host of The California Report Magazine. They joined her in studio to talk politics, life on the road and how their relationship as roommates influences their music. They also played an in-studio concert!
On their new album's stripped-down acoustic sound:
Vanessa: "For a long time we were playing for friends and audiences all over that were hoping to have a kind of party, celebratory atmosphere. Then the election was happening, and it felt like an appropriate time to strip those things away."
Erin: "I think most of our songs, even from past albums, are often political. But when you have so many instruments in front of them it's easier to miss what we're talking about. But now you can't really ignore what we're saying."