Leah Edwards

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  • Leah's little living room show

    This show was on Jun 20th, 2015 | 8 people watched
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Leah and the Blackland Ballad grew from the ground, like the sprouting of a wildflower: natural, delicate and strong. It resides where a tree branch catches a ray of sunset light. The natural marries the poetic. Words resonate from the pages of a hymnal. Raw and simple. At times pleasant, and, at times, stark and haunting as the secrets resting beneath the baseboards of an old farmhouse. Past... more

Leah and the Blackland Ballad grew from the ground, like the sprouting of a wildflower: natural, delicate and strong. It resides where a tree branch catches a ray of sunset light. The natural marries the poetic. Words resonate from the pages of a hymnal. Raw and simple. At times pleasant, and, at times, stark and haunting as the secrets resting beneath the baseboards of an old farmhouse. Past and present come together in an ethereal moment in time. Borrowing the term from her roots in the Blackland prairie, she formed her one girl band in the Tennessee hills. Raised in the Bible belt, singing acapella in the pews, listeners can hear a soulful longing and at times a quick-witted force in my songs. These extensions of myself embody a distinct spirit of Americana and Folk.

Not allowing others to determine the direction of my music career, I like to pay careful attention to my performances. I handpick the venues that support my vision and independent branding including farms, creative arts schools, forests, mountains, barns, independently owned coffee shops, vintage stores, areas of social outreach, unique restaurants, back porches, living rooms, schooners and festivals. “Experience is a huge part of my performance vision. I consider my fans as if they were my dearest friends coming to spend an evening with me. Wanting to soak up the culture around me, I look forward to incorporating stories from the region or important people from the venue into what I do. I look forward to welcoming artists I meet everywhere to the stage for parts of my live show.”

My parents’ collection of 70s vinyl holds undeniable sway in my writing. Family road trips out west weren’t complete without the likes of The Carpenters, John Denver, James Taylor, Linda Rondstadt, Kenny Loggins, Gordon Lightfoot and Bread. All this timeless influences combined with an upbringing in classical piano, result in a strongly poetic and at the same time raw undertaking. Pulling from folklore, English literature and a curiosity-induced wanderlust, I want to encapsulates adventure through song.

Beginning to spread her musical wings after a move to Austin, Texas, I began playing solo around town, while meeting an array of musical characters and mentors along the way. My path eventually led me to call Nashville, Tennessee home. Upon immersing myself in bluegrass and roots Americana, I began to mix the classical piano background with poetic lyrics to sculpt a version of folk, southern Americana.

Sometimes as a one woman band, I travel between piano, farfisa, ukulele and toy pianos while I weave my songs behind the scenes. At times, I am joined by various characters on the cello, guitar and violin.

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