When Swedish artist Sofia Talvik got off the plane in Europe, that she had waited for for a month, after her tour was canceled, she was greeted by the news of her dear friend and pedal steel guitarist Tim Fleming’s passing. Tim and Sofia spent some days in TX in March seeing show by show getting shut down. Sofia wrote and released a live recording of her and Tim playing Meanwhile in Winnsboro. She also recorded a stripped down version of her album, Paws of a Bear, which she spoke with The Fountain about.

TF: You have a new album out, what has the reception been like to Paws of a Bear (Unplugged)?

People seem to really like it. I mainly recorded this as a treat for my fans so I haven’t bothered to do a full promotion campaign for it, but it still got a lot of airplay in the US and some great reviews from all over the place.

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?

Like I would sing my songs just for you. 

TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences with this record?

It’s a stripped down version of my latest album Paws of a Bear, so my only influence is myself. This is what the songs sound like when I play them in my bedroom. It’s just me and my guitar. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

I had a three month US tour with 50+ shows lined up from August through October. As that won’t happen, and I can’t do any other shows because of the corona restrictions I am focusing on doing some streamed shows, as well as catching my breath and working on my house. I try to look at this pause as a brain re-set and not force myself into planning too much and focusing too much on the music. As I’m on tour so much every year maybe this is a needed break, even though it will be a struggle economically. Can’t wait for this pandemic to be over though.