• Maggie Bjorklund is the new prophet of pedal steel...a much-needed breath of fresh air for American roots music. 

    — The Bluegrass Situation
  • The sounds Björklund coaxes from the pedal steel are otherworldly at times...

    — Mxdwn
  • Seemingly out of nowhere, Maggie Bjorklund has arrived. If you enjoy the seductive licks of the pedal steel guitar, a cold can of Corona with lime on a hot sunny day, and a sparsely-spoken outlaw western...

    — No Depression
  • Bjorklund's soft but assured vocal take second place to her slightlydelic desert-blown songs with mysteriously poetic lyrics about displacement, the unfamiliar and strange dreamlike memories, all of which are coloured by weeping or melodic pedal steel.
     

    — Elsewhere (NZ)
  • There's a strong southwestern feel to the music, most of which embraces a beautifully washed-out cosmic twang

    — Chicago Reader
  • Her guitar is seeped in the timelessness of the proverbial dusty trail without feeling aged, her easygoing tunes are deeply satisfying, and most of all, her starring pedal playing is so exquisitely, sadly beautiful, your heart dances an icicle waltz. The end product is unspeakably lovely, full of warm personality and graceful quality.

    — Big Takeover
Hometown: 
Copenhagen, Denmark

Bjorklund is a pedal steel guitarist/singer/composer from Copenhagen, Denmark. She has made a name for herself as an exceptional and stylistically unique musician, combining the tastes and techniques a wide variety of music - country, indie rock, film scores, psychedelia, pop - into a seamless blend of roots music. Over the years she has landed coveted touring gigs with Jack White (and performed on his latest Lazaretto), X’s John Doe and Exene Cervenka, and Howe Gelb, and recruited big names for her debut release Coming Home in 2011: Mark Lanegan, Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino, John Auer (the Posies), to name a few.

With the release of her second album Shaken, Bjorklund again puts together an A-plus band, consisting of drummer Convertino, Barb Hunter on cello, Jim Barr (Portishead) on bass, John Parish (noted for his work as a singer/songwriter with PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) on guitars/electric bass and production, and a featured guest vocal appearance by Kurt Wagner (Lambchop). This time around, the songwriting has a dire purpose and a profound, cathartic inspiration for its timely arrangement. 

Recommended if You Like: 
Nina Nastasia
Portishead
Calexico
Cat Power
Neko Case
Mark Lanegan
Feist

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