Channing Showalter

grew up in Seattle, Washington. She played classical cello when she was little, but music never felt right until she discovered fiddle and old-time. Stylistically influenced by old ballads and heartfelt tunes, she writes songs inspired by dead foxes, bird bones, and abandoned places. She has traveled widely through this country’s open land and smallest towns. Channing lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Georgia is a song about a crumbling old mill and the spirit leftover. The first line (“My mother is a fish”) is spoken by Vardaman Bundren in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Channing and a close friend recorded this track on a handheld voice recorder in a cabin in the shadow of Black Butte, Oregon.