Interview: Lera Lynn on True Detective and more

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Lera Lynn may just be one of the hottest up and coming artists out of Nashville today. With a sultry voice and a true beauty that would catch the eye of any human being, it’s not hard to see why. As a songwriter, she has an honest, relatable way about her. Her voice could haunt the depths of your soul.

Lere Lynn at Eddie's Attic. Photo By Jamie Platus

Lere Lynn at Eddie’s Attic. Photo By Jamie Platus

On a day where everything was seemingly well, tired, at least I was going in, we got the chance to see Lera’s packed out show and interview her before the show at the legendary Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. The show itself was everything that’s right about music. There is just a different feeling in a listening room like Eddie’s where the crowd is quite, just listening to an amazing singer songwriter and her band on stage. This was one of those shows that changed the trajectory of the day/week, a night where every single person in that room got lost in every note, where all your troubles were quickly dissipated, and there was only you and the music, you and Lera.

Well before the show it really was just Lera and I in a small green room. It wasn’t a long conversation as Lera had to get on stage to her fans, but it gave us the chance to get to know Lera better. Lera is a very down to earth, fun and engaging conversation, one of those where we could have sat and chatted for a long time over a good whiskey.

Lere Lynn at Eddie's Attic. Photo By Jamie Platus

Lere Lynn at Eddie’s Attic. Photo By Jamie Platus

We’ had a fun light hearted conversation. We got the back story on how Lera Lynn got started in music and when she knew this would be a career for her. Winning a talent show in high school was definitely a catalyst for her.  As she put it “I don’t know what later in my life as an adult made me think I could make money and have a career in music, I don’t think that’s what really drove me to do it, I think ultimately you just can’t do anything else.” A sentiment echoed by many young musicians in today’s ever changing music landscape that just shows you have to have that passion, that drive to even have a chance today.

If you’ve watched any of season 2 of True Detective, you’ve probably heard Lera’s haunting songs written with T Bone Burnett specifically for the show. You may not have quite recognized Lera, but that’s her playing in a lonely bar in multiple scenes throughout the season. Lera chatted with us about the experience of recording and being in this season of True Detective.

Lere Lynn at Eddie's Attic. Photo By Jamie Platus

Lere Lynn at Eddie’s Attic. Photo By Jamie Platus

Lera, coming up in Athens, GA before moving to Nashville, also discussed the differences in the scenes. “Being in Nashville, reminds me that hey, there’s a shit ton of people that are making it work in a big way. At least I know that there are people paying mortgages and taking care of families, that’s very reassuring.’

Check out our interview with Lera before her show at Eddie’s Attic below:

Listen to “Lately” (From the HBO Series True Detective/ Series Finale Version)

Listen to “My Least Favorite Life” (from HBO Series True Detective)

Lere Lynn at Eddie's Attic. Photo By Jamie Platus

Lere Lynn at Eddie’s Attic. Photo By Jamie Platus

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