Louise grew up in a small town just outside of Nashville, TN on a farm with British parents and several siblings - riding horses, writing poetry and singing with the radio. After college in Knoxville, she "borrowed" her brother's Sears guitar, bought a simple chord book and started writing songs. The early material was mostly acoustic pop as she tried to channel her English roots while... more
Louise grew up in a small town just outside of Nashville, TN on a farm with British parents and several siblings - riding horses, writing poetry and singing with the radio. After college in Knoxville, she "borrowed" her brother's Sears guitar, bought a simple chord book and started writing songs. The early material was mostly acoustic pop as she tried to channel her English roots while listening to The Beatles (of course), Everything But the Girl and The Sundays.
Fast forward a few years, a move back to Nashville and some deep soul searching, Louise began writing songs about the South – what she knew and where she grew up. In 2008, she began working on a new album eventually to be called “Home” because she’d come full circle in her “voice” as a writer. The album was a mix of bluegrass, country and folk and as she weaved in lush stories and songs about southern life, she was even introduced once as “…William Faulkner with a guitar”. With those songs, she entered some song contests connected to festivals and ended up winning top awards at Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower! Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. “Home” debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ charts in January 2010 and went on to be one of the most played albums that year for that chart.
Buoyed by a couple thousand earnest fans, she began touring all over the Eastern seaboard, the South and Texas. Audience members would tell her that they enjoyed the stories between the songs as much as the songs and her strong expressive voice was described as “…like listening to Patty Griffin and Susan Tedeschi at the same time.”
In 2012, her 15-year marriage ended and her mother was diagnosed with brain cancer and died 6 months later. Out of those dark days came some new songs that would eventually be recorded on her newest release “Lay It Down”: 10 songs of love, loss and surrender.
On “Lay It Down”, she collaborated with folk-rock songwriter/producer, Cliff Eberhardt, who envisioned that minimalist arrangements and restrained production would allow the emotional songs and Louise’s voice a stark relief to rest and shine in.
The new CD, “Lay It Down”, appears on Rich Warren’s (WFMT Chicago) and John Platt’s (WFUV NYC) Best CDs for 2014 lists.
Compared to Nanci Griffith, Lucinda Williams and Patty Loveless, she’s shared the bill with America, Joe Ely, Jonatha Brooke, Steve Earle, Eric Taylor, Cliff Eberhardt, Tom Russell, Allison Moorer, Greg Trooper, Malcom Holcombe, Mindy Smith & Michelle Malone.
She’s played prestigious venues like The Birchmere, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Wildflower! Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, The Dogwood Arts Festival, The National Press Club, The Bluebird Café, Eddie’s Attic, Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, The Evening Muse, The Down Home, Douglas Corner Café and The Exit/In.
"...this Nashville-based singer/songwriter blew us away with her in-store performance. Like listening to Patty Griffin and Susan Tedeschi at the same time. Highlight of the 30A Songwriter Festival." - Central Square Records, Seaside Florida
"Louise Mosrie may well be the brightest young folk-oriented artist to emerge from Nashville in many a year. " - Rich Warren, WFMT-FM Chicago
“Excellent, great songs and your singing is really good and soulful.” – Lloyd Maines, Grammy award-winning producer, musician and songwriter
2016 Solar Fest Performing Songwriter Winner
2012 Rocky Mtn. Folks Fest Finalist
2011 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist (voted most wanted to return)
2011 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour
2010 Wildflower! Festival Performing Songwriter Winner
#11 Album of the Year: "Home" - Folk DJ Charts 2010
2009 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Winner
Check out: www.louisemosrie.com for preview clips of the music and more information.less