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Liz Longley preps for new album, returns to Philadelphia next month

Liz Longley | Photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist
Liz Longley | Photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Liz Longley will return to her native Philadelphia next month for a pair of shows in support of her upcoming self-titled release.  I spoke with Liz recently about her new record, her move to Nashville and her experience working with the musicians on the album.  You can see her perform at Tellus 360 in Lancaster on August 29th and at Burlap and Bean on September 4th.

Helen Leicht: You grew up in the Philadelphia area – where are you from?

Liz Longley: I’m originally from West Chester, PA but grew up in Downingtown, PA.

HL: And you are now living in Nashville. Why did you decide to move and how long have you been living there?

LL: In 2011, I moved from my college town of Boston to Nashville, TN. While I’m far from home, I feel part of an incredible music community. The focus on the craft of songwriting here is inspiring and the caliber of musicians here is unbelievable. There’s nothing like it.

HL: Tell me about the making of your new album and who you worked with on this new music?

LL: The upcoming album, Liz Longley, is a collection of songs I have written about experiences I’ve had over the past couple of years.  Good and bad! The exceptions are “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” a cover of one of my favorite Queen songs, and “This Is Not the End” which I cowrote with three great songwriters for the season 6 finale of Army Wives.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brazos at Boot & Saddle, Liz Longley at Burlap and Bean

Brazos | photo by Claire Lucido
Brazos | photo by Claire Lucido

Austin’s Brazos headline Boot & Saddle tonight.  The pop trio released Saltwater on Dead Oceans earlier this year, showcasing frontman Martin Crane’s knack for sugary, upbeat songwriting that is instantly welcoming and comfortable.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Watch the video for “How the Ranks Was Won” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ari Hoenig with Loop 2.4.3. at World Cafe Live, Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA, and Liz Longley at Burlap and Bean

arihoenig Ari Hoenig and Loop 2.4.3. will help celebrate the Philly Drum Project‘s first anniversary tonight at World Cafe Live.  Working with locally and nationally known drummers, Philly Drum Project hosts monthly meet ups where percussionists can trade tips, check out gear, set up gigs and participate in workshops with the likes of Eric Slick and Chuck Treece.  Tonight’s event features a trio led by Hoenig, a Philadelphia native who has worked with many influential musicians including Pat Metheny and Wynton Marsalis.  Also on hand are Brooklyn percussion duo Loop 2.4.3., currently on tour in support of their 2012 LP American Dreamland.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch Hoenig perform “The Way You Look Tonight” with his band.

Cinedelphia Film Festival‘s month of curating Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA continues tonight with a screening of Loud! Fast! Philly!.  With its rare footage from the early 80s through today, the film uncovers and recalls Philadelphia’s hardcore punk history through the lens of bands and fans that were (and are) integral parts of the cultural environment.  Bands featured in Loud! Fast! Philly! include The Dead Milkmen, McRad, Decontrol and more – check out a preview of the film below.  Tickets and information for the 10:30 p.m. and showing can be found here (8:00 p.m. is sold out).

Liz Longley performs at Burlap and Bean tonight. Although now living in Nashville, Tennessee, the singer/songwriter is a Philadelphia native and will be coming home to play some of her songs in anticipation of her upcoming album entitled Liz Longley, and her new single “This Is Not The End” released on April 16th available through iTunes. She has also been The Local Pick Of The Day back in October 2010 with her song “Free”. Longley will be touring steadily through April, May, and June throughout the US. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Seth Glier can be found here. Below, watch an acoustic session with Liz Longley playing her new single “This Is Not The End” from her upcoming album Liz Longley.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Milk Carton Kids at World Cafe Live, Liz Longley at Burlap and Bean

milkcartonkids The California folk duo The Milk Carton Kids bring their heartfelt, contemplative story songs to the stage of World Cafe Live tonight. They recently released their new album, The Ash & Clay, in March. Within a word, their music is exquisite. The melodies lightly flutter over the senses, fading into an out of body dream like state, and their elegance is clear throughout the overall composition. The Ash & Clay is their third album on Anti-Records, while the previous two albums, Prologue and Retrospect are available for free download through their website. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Aofie O’Donovan can be found here. Below, watch The Milk Carton Kids play a delightful three song set (the songs they play are: “Michigan”, “Stealing Romance”, and “I Still Want a Little More”) for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

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Photo by Shervin Lainez

Liz Longley performs at Burlap and Bean tonight. Although now living in Nashville, Tennessee, the singer/songwriter is a Philadelphia native and will be coming home to play some of her songs in anticipation of her upcoming album entitled Liz Longley, and her new single “This Is Not The End” released on April 16th available through iTunes. She has also been The Local Pick Of The Day back in October 2010 with her song “Free”. Longley will be touring steadily through April, May, and June throughout the US. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Seth Glier can be found here. Below, watch an acoustic session with Liz Longley playing her new single “This Is Not The End” from her upcoming album Liz Longley.

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Listen to Josh Ritter and Philly Locals from the WXPN Musicians On Call benefit concert

Sunday night, Josh Ritter headlined WXPN’s Musicians On Call Benefit show. He played a 90-minute solo acoustic set that featured material from his solo albums, including covers of “The River” by Bruce Springsteen and “You’re A Big Girl Now” by Bob Dylan. Local musicians Scot Sax, Liz Longley, Suzie Brown, and Kuf Knotz opened with an in-the-round set of songs. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the show and the hundred of volunteers who participate in the WXPN Musicians On Call program.

Click here to listen to Josh Ritter’s performance in it’s entirety.

Click here to listen to the opening set from Scot Sax, Liz Longley, Suzie Brown and Kuf Knotz.

Photos by David Simchock Photography

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

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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