Helen Leicht’s Local Pick Of The Day: Liz Longley’s “Free”

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Liz Longley

What is the responsibility, emotional duress, or physical affliction that Liz Longley sings about being so free from in the closing track of this year’s Hot Loose Wire? Well, we like to think that, specifically, she’s no longer burdened with the tiresome task of polishing the many awards she’s won in the last year or so—including the 2010 Grand Prize Winner of the International Acoustic Music Awards, the 2010 Winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, and the 2009 Grand Prize Winner of the Rocky Mountain Folks Songwriters Showcase. But, more likely, she’s just singing about a general sense of freedom, one that keeps her “freer than a bird in flight” and “the Fourth of July.” (Wait, we thought freedom wasn’t free?) Either way, it’s an excellent closer to the all-acoustic album, the latest from the Downingtown-born, New-York-stationed singer-songwriter. Liz Longley’s next area appearance is at Sellersville Theater on Thursday, November 11th.

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  • Richard

    What a beautiful voice. I think Liz Longley is one of the rare gifts we have delivered to us from heaven above. Thank you XPN for introducing her to us! Great pick Helen!! RZ

  • Sheri Alexander

    I had the the opportunity to see Liz Longley perform this spring at a songwriter’s workshop and also at Berklee’s Commencement concert. She is a wonderful songwriter. Her songs are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell’s style however, I think her voice is more beautiful. She truly deserves the accolades that she’s been getting.

  • Mverdi612 Mike V

    Sorry I missed this Liz.

    Congratulations!!!!

    Helen, please bring her back to the 2011 pff next year as a main event this time. Thanks for introducing Liz in the 2008 or was it 2007 pff?!

    Miracle Mike

  • http://twitter.com/muttmutt Phil Scarr

    Saw Liz at her first (and hopefully not last) performance in Milwaukee as a warm-up for Crowded House. She was absolutely wonderful and totally won over the audience with her singing and her song craft. Love you, Liz! Please come back to Milwaukee!!!!

  • Loraine Myers

    A true and genuine spirit that shines through her music and lyrics, Liz Longley is surely destined to become a household name.