It is time to celebrate ‘STC’ the 3rd track on Blue Dirt Girl’s latest album ‘no street signs no straight lines’
In the winter of 2015 Kathryn rode a Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) bus from Regina to Saskatoon.
Outside it was minus 30 degrees. A tired man with a drawn face and a plastic bag filled with his belongings got on the bus and sprawled on the seat across the aisle from her. He was talking on his flip phone and it was impossible to avoid hearing his side of the conversation. He was a truck driver, arguing with his boss about abandoning his truck on the side of the highway. He had to repeat many times that he would have frozen to death if he had stayed in the truck.
The lyrics for STC are based on that overheard conversation.
First here is the album version of ‘STC’ on Spotify. You can also listen to the single on your favourite streaming platform.
Now let’s take a walk back through the changing sound of ‘STC’.
A 2016 iphone recording of the song from our rehearsal space on Atlantic St. in East Vancouver. Albert Klassen bass/harmonies & Kathryn Sutherland lead vocals/fender strat guitar.
In this 2018 video clip performance by the Blue Dirt Girl’s trio you can hear shifts in ‘STC’s sound. Kathryn is on lead vocals/fender strat guitar, Albert Klassen stand up/electric bass/harmonies and Jason Overy drums and percussion. The evening was Blue Dirt Girl Productions: Little Conversations: an evening of words and music (04.16.18) at the venerable CULTCH Theatre in Vancouver.
The video starts with the end of Sophie’s poem ‘American Ironed’ leading into the performance of ‘STC.’