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Eliza Lynn

The Weary Wake Up

(Civility; US: 2 Oct 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Asheville, North Carolina singer-songwriter Eliza Lynn sports a talented backing band on her sophomore album, The Weary Wake Up. She sounds awfully assured for having been on the music scene for such a short time. But, hey, she’s got the stuff, so why not strut it? Her strong songwriting chops and limber vocals drew the attention of Putumayo, who included her on their recent Americana compilation. That’s not really the best descriptor of her style, but the breadth of influences behind her songs makes it tough to fit Lynn into any one genre. Opening tracks “Circle” and “Hold My Breath” are country-tinged, but rendered Band-like by Sean Foley’s B-3 organ. “Bound” is dark Appalachian folk and features some nimble banjo picking from Lynn. “Puddin Pie” is flavored by New Orleans boogie, while “Intolerance Blues” is dirty Southern rock. Eliza’s voice ranges well from soft and reflective to a forceful growl. This versatility allows for a nice variety of moods across The Weary Wake Up. Despite the title, Eliza Lynn doesn’t sound like she’s just crawled out of bed. This is girl’s ready to take on the world.

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Michael Keefe is a freelance music journalist, an independent bookstore publicist, and a singer/guitarist/songwriter in a band. Raised on a record collection of The Beatles, Coltrane, Mozart, and Ravi Shankar, Michael has been a slave to music his whole life. At age 16, he got a drum set and a job at a record store, and he's been playing and peddling music ever since. Today, he lives in Oregon with his wife (also a writer, but not about music), two cats, and a whole lot of instruments and CDs.


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