Wednesday, Sep 04

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Description: Land in Sight is Jesse Lafser’s second and most anticipated release to date. The singer-songwriter is currently touring in support of this acclaimed album, following a successful record release show at The Basement in Nashville, TN. A Nashville Scene Critic’s Pick for the show called her “a student of her generation’s folk revival…grounded and human.” CMT’s Craig Shelburne named Land in Sight’s title song a Top Winter Track. A move to Nashville helped the St. Louis native flourish as a young artist and prolific songwriter. She is a talented instrumentalist: a classically trained guitar and piano player, and a self-taught banjo and harmonica player. Her songs have been featured on the international weekly webcast BalconyTV and receive radio play all over the US. She’s a favorite of Nashville’s independent radio station, Lightning 100. Since the release of Land in Sight, Jesse has shared the stage with a variety of artists: established songwriters like Erick Baker, Will Kimbrough, and Brigitte DeMeyer, as well as local independent peers like Megan McCormick, Josh Farrow, Lulu Mae, Chris Pickering, and Little Bandit. Jesse builds her earnest, soul-searching songs with contemplation. Her live performances leave listeners provoked and driven to unexplored territory. Her influences include Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch, among other great songwriting icons. While her style stays true to her Americana and Folk roots, she continues to grow and reach for new areas that can be difficult to pinpoint in genre. Land in Sight draws its title and inspiration from a Mark Twain story about a ship lost at sea and its sailors’ miraculous survival. The album was recorded and produced by Lafser and Mike Odmark (Gray Matters Studio) and features Nashville favorites Andrew Combs, Spencer Cullum, Evan Hutchings, Mike Rinne, and Kristen Weber. It features the upbeat, traveling “Anywhere I Go” and the rich harmonies of the melancholy “Seafarer’s Dream.”....................Will Courtney After spending five years touring and recording two albums as the lead singer and songwriter of the Austin, Texas band Brothers and Sisters, Will Courtney decided to pack up and move back to Los Angeles...and then to Nashville...and then to a log cabin on some land outside of Austin. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Will Courtney was born in Nashville, TN to a preacher/poet Father and a Grammy-winning gospel artist Mother. As a child, he sang in Houston's Post Oak Boy's Choir and before long was recording songs for children's records and commercials. When he was old enough to get out of Texas, Will headed to Los Angeles--home to many of his idols--The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Jon Brion and The Flying Burrito Brothers. After stints in short-lived bands and some work with cult legends Zander Schloss (The Circle Jerks, Joe Strummer) and Ric Menck (Matthew Sweet, They Tyde), Will grew frustrated when the excesses of the L.A. music scene stymied productivity, so he took off--driving his pickup down to Austin, Texas to start a band with his sister called Brothers and Sisters. Rave reviews of their albums from MOJO, Pitchfork and No Depression helped spread the word and landed their music on several compilation albums and television's The OC. The ragged sprawl of live appearances (misunderstanding audience members have all-too-frequently compared Brothers and Sisters to a cult) sparked attention. Diverse shows with Spoon, The Black Angels, Jeff Tweedy, Deadman, Okkervil River as well as US and Canadian tours with Trail of Dead and the Blood Brothers quickly made Brothers and Sisters a favorite with Austin crowds. In 2010, Will decided to take a break from Brothers and Sisters and has spent time living between Nashville and Texas writing music and producing albums for other artists. He also found himself onboard the Railroad Revival Tour train as it traveled across the country, playing music each night on a train car with members of Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. In Nashville, he worked as a demo singer for several country songwriters. During Will's recent rambles, he spent a year living in a log cabin on six acres in Texas. It was there that he wrote and recorded demos for over 20 songs. He recently finished recording his first solo album at Red Rockets Glare in L.A. with Raymond Richards. With help from his friend Zander Schloss on guitars, guest vocals from The Parson Red Heads and a few other friends, Will entered the studio on a Friday morning in November, recorded his songs and was headed home for Texas four days later. Most vocals and instruments on these recordings were arranged and recorded very quickly. Several songs were recorded live, in one take, and the album was mixed in a few days. Gone is the multi-layered sound of the eight-piece band, as these recordings offer a more introspective and stripped down side of Will's music. "Will Courtney, aware as always of the emotional realities of time's passage, narrates the tumultuous evolution of a love that begins with the bittersweet marvel...Any old sadcore band can set you staring at your shoelaces, but getting listeners to contemplate mortality while happily humming and tapping their toes is something subversively special."—Pitchfork........http://www.riotactmedia.com/artists/will-courtney.php

Website: http://www.jesselafser.com/

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