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 released her debut solo album, Have You Met Lera Lynn?, to international acclaim. Hand picked from Lynn's collection of songs written over the previous decade, the album elucidates a painstaking inventory of past experiences, as well as artistic challenges in her present pursuits, and her hopes for the future. The opening track, "Whiskey," is in fact one of Lynn's oldest songs, a portrayal of a young girl trying to cope in an environment of addiction and denial. Fast forward to the present in "Good Hearted Man" and find that girl fully grown and brazenly facing an increasingly hostile world.
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 Vox Pop poll, which is determined not by judges but by online fan voting. Just as important to her, Lynn walked away with "Best Americana Artist" at her hometown of Athens, GA's 2011 Flagpole Music Awards, quite the distinction in a town so saturated with musical talent.
Lynn kicked off 2012 by releasing two brand new songs, one a cover of June Carter's, "Ring of Fire" and the other an original tune, "Don't Make Me Wait". Both tracks are currently offered as a free download from her website. In May 2012, Lynn will enter a studio in Athens, GA to record a host of new songs that will make up her sophomore release.
Lynn and her band will be hard at work on the road this 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, Sarah Jarosz, Todd Snider, Sam Bush, Paul Thorn, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Band of Heathens.