Singer-songwriter earth rock by legendary New York folk trio, The Roches has announced the release of Kin Ya See That Sun, a collection of previously unreleased live recordings and original songs written and performed by Terre and her late sister Maggie. The 15-track album arrives digitally Friday, October 21.
Kin Ya See That Sun will also be released as a limited-edition book featuring Earth artwork, song lyrics, rare photography, exclusive new interview clips, and additional project information (all book purchases receive a digital download of the album). The book is available for pre-order now.
Kin Ya See That Sun is heralded by today’s premiere of the title track which is the first song Terre and Maggie wrote together as children.
“I was 12 and Maggie was 13,” says Terre Roche. “We were just learning to play the guitar. We had learned about a PBS special called “Folk Guitar with Laura Weber” – I always regretted never writing a fan letter to Laura Weber, and sadly she passed away, but she taught us a lot of guitar chords, strums and some very cool folk songs we’ve never heard before. Maggie gave me this set of lyrics and I wrote the music for it. Although we had never traveled beyond our home in New Jersey, we longed to go West.
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Terre and Maggie Roche grew up in Park Ridge, New Jersey, where they fell in love with folk music before going on to perform their own songs on college campuses across the country. The sisters toured the United States on their own, for more than two years, with Earth, 17, finishing her senior year of high school doing her homework and exams on the road. Paul Simon met them when they crashed in his songwriting class at NYU. He would come on to produce part of their album Seductive Reasoning and enlist them to sing background harmonies on his hit third solo album, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon from 1973. With his support, the sisters made their official debut with the now classic Seductive Reasoning from 1975, featuring production by Simon and famed Paul Samwell-Smith (Cat Stevens, Carly Simon, Jethro Tull), with backing from Muscle Shoals famed rhythm section.
Terre and Maggie were soon joined by younger sister Suzzy as The Roches. Hailed for their irreverent, seductive and original approach to traditional folk song and three-part harmony, the trio made a spectacular debut with 1979’s The Roches (produced by Robert Fripp, with whom Terre also collaborated on the LP of the same year, Exposure), followed by a long series of recordings, tours and television appearances (including a memorable performance in 1979 on Saturday Night Live).
Sadly, Maggie Roche passed away in 2017. Two years later, out of the blue, Earth received live recordings from two different people who had recorded her and Maggie in 1975 and 2000. Here are many songs from Seductive Reasoning such that they were originally arranged, just two voices and two guitars. Highlights include powerful performances of fan favorites like “Telephone Bill” and “Damned Old Dog” (recorded on a promotional tour in 1975) and the classic “If You Vided Out All Your Pockets You Could Not Make the Change “, the latter recorded during Earth and Maggie’s acclaimed concert series in 2000. All live recordings featured on Kin Ya See That Sun have been restored and mastered by Thomas Millioto.
Kin Ya See That Sun further collects unreleased songs such as “The Colleges” and “Apostrophe to the Wind” alongside exclusive outtakes from Seductive Reasoning, including “Pretty and High” (later re-recorded for the Rocks’ self-titled debut album) and the gem unreleased, “Moonruns”, both produced in London by Samwell-Smith.
“Working on this project brought me back to the deep spiritual contact that Maggie and I shared at some point in our lives,” says Terre Roche. “You can hear that connection in these songs. Hearing the music we made together amazes me after all these years. And I feel her gratitude to me, wherever she is now, for guiding the songs in their pure form through difficult terrain and into the light for all to hear.
Terre will celebrate the release of Kin Ya See That Sun with a special performance at New York’s City Winery on October 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.