Tonight at 8pm, the Oxford American magazine welcomes Lera Lynn to the South on Main stage to kick off our 2015 – 2016 Americana Series!
Doors open at 6pm, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. This series is made possible by our presenting sponsor, Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South Division, and in part by the generosity of The Summer Foundation.
Tickets are $13 (General Admission), $17 (Reserved), and $22 (Premium Reserved).
Born in Houston, Texas, Nashville-based, and Georgia-bred, singer-songwriter Lera Lynn creates music that may be hard to categorize, but that is exactly why she appeals to so many. While the music business likes to wrap everything up in neat little packages, that isn’t always possible. Lera’s music has frequently been filed under “Americana,” “Folk,” and “Country.” But those categorizations tell only part of the story. “I just want to stop thinking about music as a marketing campaign,” Lera says. “Ray Charles went from jazz to R&B to country. Paul McCartney will do a ballad next to ‘Helter Skelter’ and not think twice. The most successful and lasting artists let inspiration steer them, not genre or marketing pitch. I’m just doing what moves me as it comes.”
Lynn’s album, The Avenues, produced by Joshua Grange, was released in September 2014. With The Avenues, Lynn created a mature album that resolutely defies pigeonholing. There is respect and nostalgia for the past while still pushing towards the future. “Where does my music fit?” says Lynn, “it’s the hardest question to answer. It’s something I’m constantly thinking about, and something people ask. I haven’t found an answer. I think it’s sexy. It’s sophisticated.”
“[The] album is the culmination of a life spent in music. Performing has been pretty constant for me my whole life,” she says. If you catch Lera performing live these days, she may be with a band—or playing as a duo with Joshua Grange on pedal steel. Either way, you’ll see a natural in action.