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Sunday Music Series: Original Folk Americana with Lynn Blakey

  • Southern Village Green 650 Market St Chapel Hill, NC, 27516 United States (map)

When talking about Lynn Blakey’s place in the music world, you have to start with her voice. Distinctive and bell-clear, sometimes plaintive and always honest, Blakey’s voice is the underpinning of her appeal and of her acclaim, both as a frontwoman and as a guest vocalist. It’s an instrument that hushes crowds and makes grown men cry. I know because I’ve witnessed the hush and I’ve been that grown man. Her impassioned vocals and inspired songwriting have most recently found a home in the beloved and pop-rocking Gloryfountain, and in the harmony-driven all-girl super-group Tres Chicas. She has also added her voice to recordings by such notables as Alejandro Escovedo (A Man Under the Influence), Jeffrey Dean Foster (Million Star Hotel), Dana Kletter, The Velvet Crush, and many others.

In recent years she has released several albums including Glory Fountain's Blame Love, and The Beauty of 23 (La Joy), as well as Tres Chicas' Sweetwater, and Bloom Red and the Ordinary Girl (Yep Roc). Both ensembles toured throughout the US and Europe, headlining and playing shows alongside artists such as Ralph Stanley, Jeff Buckley, Calexico, Molteni, Ian Moore and Tift Merritt.

Today, Blakey is finding fulfillment in the creation of new songs: straightforward, soulful, melodic epiphanies that surge and swim in the waters of love, living, and loss. Blakey’s newest endeavors are supported by her husband Ecki Heins, who lends sympathetic harmonies and sweeping fiddle lines. They have recently recorded a five-song E.P. with notable North Carolina producer Jerry Kee, and they look forward to bringing their brand new songs to a wider audience when they tour Europe in the summer of 2010.

—Rick Cornell, music writer for The Independent Weekly, No Depression, Oxford American, and others