Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer has been playing in bands since she was 17, but it was her first solo album, 2000's You Were Here, that first won her mainstream critical and commercial success including Time Magazine's proclamation that it was the best debut of the year. While 2006's I'm a Mountain found her venturing into blue grass territory -- and earned her a Polaris Music Prize nomination for her trouble -- her latest, Oh Little Fire, which was just released last month, returns Harmer to the rocky realm of You Were Here.
Harmer recently dropped by the Out studio to chat about the new album, Canada's musical lineage musician, and why, though she's a happy person, her lyrics tend to come from a tenderhearted place:
After our interview, Harmer played us two acoustic songs from Oh Little Fire, "Captive" and "One Match":
For more info on Sarah Harmer, including tour dates, visit her official website.
-- NOAH MICHELSON
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