[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/15874929[/vimeo]A few weeks ago, my sister, who lives in Athens, Georgia, asked me if I’d heard of Athens singer/songwriter Lera Lynn. I said no. She said, “You gotta check her out. I think you’ll love her.” A few clicks of my mouse later and I had a new favorite singer. (I still love you, Adele.) Lera just released her debut album Have You Met LERA LYNN? which is climbing up the Americana charts and–I’ll bet–will soon make its way to the country charts.
One of the songs on the album, Bobby Baby, was the winning song in the 2011 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest hosted by Merlefest this year. Everything about the song is tremendous–her voice, the lyrics, the hints of a story only partly told. It’s been playing in my head for two weeks now and I’m still not dimly tired of hearing it. Even better, it’s a killer song made even better by a knock-down, drag-out fabulous video. The video, which reminds me of something the Cohen brothers would have made early in their cinematic career, stars Lera as a wronged woman in a white nightgown toting a shovel and bottle of whiskey. It’s as entertaining a three and a half minutes of screen time as I can imagine.
If you want to check her out, you can download her first-rate cover of TV on the Radio‘s Wolf Like Me here for free. It too is the sort of song you want to listen to over and over again.
– Dabney Grinnan