When Nashville native Florence Dore released her first record, Perfect City (Slewfoot 2001), Jon Parales at the New York Timessaid Florence’s “plaintive voice carries concise tales of memory and disillusionment.” “Florence Dore’s lyrics are literate and cerebral, but never pretentious,” noted Geraint Jones. After taking time off to become a mom and get tenure she is back at the music, touring and making a new record. She has hardly been idle in the meantime. Florence’s day job is professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she teaches songwriting classes along with American lit, and since Perfect City, she has been hosting conferences on rock and lit at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and elsewhere; publishing Novel Sounds, her book on rock and southern fiction; and taking a seat on the Board at the Bob Dylan Institute. She has also been riding around on Steve Earle’s tour bus catching up with her Dukes drummer husband Will Rigby and writing songs. Florence played for years, finding her place in the music scenes of Boston, San Francisco, Cleveland, and New York, and the Posies covered her song “Christmas” for a 1994 Geffen release. Recently, while she has been finishing another book, Ink in the Grooves (featuring discussions with Richard Thompson, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Greil Marcus, and more), she has been performing in Chapel Hill, Nashville, and New York. Perhaps her literary background explains why Steven Stone of Vintage Magazine described Florence’s songs as having “a visceral organic link to traditional American music.” But you can decide for yourself soon: “Wifi Heart,” the single she is making with Don Dixon and Mitch Easter, is about to be released.