When Lera Lynn takes the stage, there is an undeniable feeling that she is something different – something special. Her sultry voice has a way of wrapping around melodies, enveloping the listener in her lyrics, rife with a plainspoken yet cutthroat honesty. When combined with her chordings, which are distinct, original and timeless in their own right, what is revealed is a songwriting craftsman already well on her way to establishing a niche that is very much her own.
In March 2011, Lera Lynn independently released her debut solo album, Have You Met Lera Lynn? With that album, Lynn won the 2011 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at Merlefest for her song, “Bobby, Baby,” sharing the honor with such alumni as Gillian Welch & Tift Merrit. “Bobby, Baby” also won an award for Best Alt. Country Song in the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards. Just as important to her, Lynn walked away with "Best Country Artist” at Athens, GA's 2012 Flagpole Music Awards.
Lynn kicked off 2012 by releasing two brand new songs, one, her unique rendition of June Carter’s, “Ring of Fire” and the other, an original tune, “Don’t Make Me Wait.” Lynn and her band spent over 6 months on the road last year, touring across the entirety of the US and UK, playing prestigious events like NPR’s Mountain Stage, Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Cambridge Folk Festival, and supporting the likes of k.d. lang, Joan Osborne, Punch Brothers, Jason Isbell, Sarah Jarosz, Todd Snider, Sam Bush, The Wood Brothers, Paul Thorn, and several others.
In the winter of 2012, Lynn collaborated with producer, Joshua Grange (k.d. lang, Sheryl Crow), to record her second full-length album. Set amongst the palms of historic Highland Park, The Avenues was recorded in Los Angeles with a small group of musicians and builds on Lynn’s unique approach to Americana. Incorporating pedal steel, piano and baritone guitar, Lynn invokes artists such as Neil Young, Neko Case, Carol King, Ry Cooder, Feist, and even a little Patsy Cline. The Avenues, like Have You Met Lera Lynn?, continues to define a style that is at once familiar, yet very distinctly, Lera Lynn.
GRAMMYs On The Road With Lera Lynn And Quiet Corral
Huffington Post: From Athens to Austin, Lera Lynn Gets High Marks in Old School
Relix Magazine: On The Verge
Flyin' Shoes (UK) - Lera Lynn Album Review
Americana UK: Lera Lynn Album Review
Think Loco (Australia): Lera Lynn Gets on Board
Lera Lynn at the World Cafe Live
Live Review: Sarah Jarosz with Lera Lynn
Twang Nation: Song Premiere Lera Lynn Covers "Ring of Fire"
Online Athens: New Release, Packed Calendar for Lera Lynn
American Songwriter Magazine: Lera Lynn Covers Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released"
American Songwriter Magazine: Sessions: Lera Lynn
The Blue Indian: 7 Minutes In Heaven with Lera Lynn
Musical Muse: Lera Lynn Gets Country Strong
Music City Roots: Beguilers
Paste Magazine: Watch Lera Lynn's Cover of TV On The Radio's "Wolf Like Me"
My Old Kentuky Blog: New Live Video : Lera Lynn : Happy Ever After
Atlanta Music Guide: Live Review
Flagpole Magazine, Threats and Promises: Music News and Gossip
Athens Banner Herald: A nice dose of 'brooding folk'
Abandoned Couches: Lera Lynn, have you heard?
Athens Music Junkie: New Addiction: Lera Lynn
Augusta Chronicle: Emotional past inspires singer Lera Lynn