In March 2011, Lera Lynn released her debut solo album, Have You Met Lera Lynn?, to near universal acclaim. Handpicked 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 “Goodhearted Man” to find that girl fully grown and brazenly facing an increasingly hostile world.
Have You Met Lera Lynn? was born from a collaboration with Slow Records Studios engineer/producer C.k. Koch. Lera notes that, "I wanted to get back to my country roots, so I hooked up with Slow Records and C.k., who allowed me the freedom to flesh out my original visions for the songs. The result is this album, which I think is a very candid representation of my life-long influences."
The collaboration between these two has also produced a number of viral videos of Lynn performing live at Slow Records Studios, with her cover of TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me" (dedicated to the recently passed TVOTR bassist Gerard Smith) finding acclaim far and wide.
"Our goal with Slow Records is to portray an artist as purely as we can, using the Internet as a natural doorway to the world. After we posted the few videos we did with Lera, we sold records as far away as Croatia, Spain, and Norway, in a matter of days. The Internet is obviously amazing for things like that, and we really enjoyed proving that Lera's talent is extraordinary enough for anyone in the world to get behind," says Koch.
Have You Met Lera Lynn? is available at independent record stores courtesy of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS), as well as through Amazon, iTunes, and slowrecords.com/ leralynn.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with her latest goings on.
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This is one seriously talented young lady who deserves your full attention.
~ My Old Kentucky Blog
...the artist who absolutely stole the show was Lera Lynn—and she didn't need visuals or theatrics. Joined by Ben Lewis on guitar and banjo, the duo performed her latest single, "Bobby, Baby," and the achingly beautiful cover of TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me." The duo's harmonies on the historic Morton Theatre stage were divine. Lera Lynn is equal parts poise and power, and we can't wait to see where she goes next. She went home with the award for best Americana act, but there are undoubtedly bigger accolades in store for her.
~ Michelle Gilzenrat
...If you haven’t met Lera Lynn, you should.
~ Abandoned Couches
Ms. Lynn has a steady command of her craft, and a subtly smoldering intensity that instantly captivates...
~ The Atlanta Music Guide
Considering Lynn’s talent and passion for songwriting, not to mention her good looks and natural talent as a singer, it’s hard to imagine anything holding her back.
~ Flagpole Magazine
Slow Records Artists Label
Slow Records has proudly teamed up with local artist Lera Lynn to release the album that started it all, Have You Met Lera Lynn?, to the world and beyond under our very own Slow Records Artists record label. We definitely plan to put out more releases in the future, so be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.