Having recently released a double CD and book combination, Kristin Hersh is headed to Del Mar.
The singer-songwriter and author is slated to perform Dec. 5 at Brick 15, an early stop in her new U.S. tour. It will be her first-ever performance in Del Mar.
“I thought I had played everywhere,” Hersh joked.
Hersh has released more than 20 records either as a solo artist or as part of a band.
She started playing guitar at 9 years old. At 14, she formed the art-punk band Throwing Muses.
In addition to her work as a solo artist, she currently fronts the power trio 50FootWave, which released the “Bath White” EP over the summer.
“I don’t know much else,” Hersh said about her long-running music career.
Released Nov. 11, “Wyatt at the Coyote Palace” is Hersh’s third and latest album and book project.
Her prior solo album “Crooked” was released as an album and book containing essays about each track. Throwing Muses reformed in 2013 and released “Purgatory/Paradise,” a 32-track album also accompanied by a book.
She has also authored a memoir, “Rat Girl,” based on her teenage diary.
“Everyone misses vinyl as a valuable object, but even that can be a little presumptuous. If you want to view your output as a gift, it can be a little presumptuous to suggest that someone adopt your soundtrack. It’s like suggesting that they adopt your religion,” Hersh said. “But a book is a valuable gift and it’s succinct and yet elaborate. I can fill it with images and stories and flesh out the product without offending anyone.
“And yet, I’m sleazy enough to slip CDs into it and suggest that people adopt my religion,” she said with a laugh.
“Wyatt at the Coyote Palace” is a collection of true stories and songs of love and loss. Hersh plays all instruments on the 24-track double CD, including guitar, bass, drums, piano, horns, cello and even field recordings.
“That’s the sound of having no friends,” she joked.
Hersh worked on the project for five years. She recorded the album in Rhode Island with engineer Steve Rizzo. The prose was inspired by her autistic son Wyatt.
Hersh explained that the album’s title was inspired by her son’s fascination with an abandoned apartment building behind the studio that was inhabited by coyotes.
“I love the studio to the point where I don’t care if this record ever ends or is ever released” she said about the process. “It’s just the experience.”
The Del Mar show is set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Brick 15, located at 915 Camino del Mar. It’s her second and last tour stop in California, following her Dec. 4 show at Echoplex in Los Angeles.
Every show, she said, is different.
“I have so many records and books now that I just sort of do whatever I feel like,” she said. “I just walk out and a song will remind me of a story, which will remind me of a song, which will remind me of a story.”
For more about Hersh, visit www.kristinhersh.com. For more about Brick 15, visit www.brick15.com.