What’s in a name? It’s an age old question — and for Athens, Ga., based performing songwriter Lera Lynn on her new record, the answer is simple: a summation of all that has been, and a bold thesis of what is yet to come.
The Houston-born Lynn, who in March will release her debut, Have You Met Lera Lynn?, is already well-known in Athens for her time spent as the sultry voice of mainstay folk-poppers Birds & Wire. However, the multidimensional record’s title is telling; in the days since that band’s dissolution, Lynn’s taken an honest and painstaking inventory of her past experiences, and out of that process a song cycle has emerged that serves as a true representation — and a reintroduction — of the artist.
“Like many songwriters, most of my songs come from turbulence in my life, be it with a lover or with family or with myself as an artist, or my job,” laughs Lynn. “This record is about my rebelliousness in love, hard-headedness, distrust. It’s also about being confused about where I’m going and not always getting what I want out of my creative self.”
Recorded and mixed by C.K. Koch and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys), Have You Met Lera Lynn is indeed an astonishing display of the artist’s creative self. A combination of whiskey-soaked ballads, melodic folk and driving indie-pop, the record reminds the listener of the solid foundation Lynn has previously established and hints at even greater things to come.
“I just hope to have portrayed myself in an honest way,” she says of the final product. “My short comings, my mistakes and my attributes all at the same time.”
In every way, Lynn is ready for her re-introduction, and invites you inside each of her carefully crafted tunes to finally and fully meet Lera Lynn.