MELANIE BETH CURRAN

“… her work is new Hollywood cinema, Italian realism, and French new wave on a country record. She’s Vargas, Fellini, Lou Reed, Cindy Sherman, and Hank Williams all at once. In the future, genre, cynicism, strictures of the patriarchy, can not hold down the Western Female.” -  American Standard Time

“… her work is new Hollywood cinema, Italian realism, and French new wave on a country record. She’s Vargas, Fellini, Lou Reed, Cindy Sherman, and Hank Williams all at once. In the future, genre, cynicism, strictures of the patriarchy, can not hold down the Western Female.” - American Standard Time

Melanie Beth Curran is a writer and musician based in New York. Her musical project, Western Female, explores the position of the female performer in society, and the broader musical memory of the west. A Fulbright fellow to France, she will be writing about the traditional music community of Finistère, Bretagne. She holds an MFA from The New School, and is at work on book about her deceased uncle, New York City, and the role of the artist in America.

Melanie’s first album, Hot Sauce in Kitsap County, is about life in her homeland of the Pacific Northwest.

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