“Voice inviting and grainy, Margo Cilker sings about love in acute compositions feeding off hard work, understanding, and obscure locales like Bilbao and Tehachapi; she hails from the town of Enterprise, OR. ”
-Kevin Curtin (Austin Chronicle)
MARGO CILKER apprenticed herself to the songwriter’s trade the old-fashioned way: get her heart broken in South Carolina, move to Spain and busk all over Europe a la Ramblin’ Jack, sing a duet on a Spanish Honky-Tonk band’s recording of an Ernest Tubb classic (“Nails in my Coffin,” with Dead Bronco), tour Europe with a band of Flatt-and-Scruggs-obsessed Englishmen, then return to her native California and milk cows on an organic farm in Petaluma. Cilker writes songs that philosophize hard work, heartbreak, and wanderlust with the reverence of a country music obsessive and the sharp-eyed clarity of one who was not born into country music but had to find it (and live it) for herself.
photo by Tristan Fell