Described by Emmylou Harris as a “cross between Rickie Lee Jones and Laura Nyro-with a bluegrass element lurking," Lainie weaves poetry and soul into a crazy quilt of standout songs just born to be loved. Hear why this mountain mama is rightly dubbed Siren of the Appalachian New Wave.
Lainie Marsh grew up in West Virginia, studied music at Boston's Berklee College and subsequently plied the singing and songwriting trades in Los Angeles before settling in Nashville. Her influences include S.T. Coleridge, Willy Shakes, Merle Travis, Mabel Mercer, Patsy Cline, Astrud Gilberto, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Stevie Nicks and Patti Smith. She has performed on The Mountain Stage and as a featured artist at Tin Pan South. Her songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris and Cerys Matthews, as well as featured on National Public Radio. Her recent CD recording, The Hills Will Cradle Thee, features a stellar cast of musicians, including Ketch Secor of The Old Crow Medicine Show, pedal steel virtuoso Bucky Baxter, and Kent Goodson, longtime keyboard player with George Jones. This is brave record, down home and exotic at once, from an Appalachian artist not worried about getting the Appalachian thing right. Lainie's writing surpasses hackneyed narratives of the coal mining experience to achieve a unique chronicle of one mountaineer's odyssey through what lies yonder, delivered up with a maverick vocal style.
Other interesting things you may not know about Lainie:
Aquamarine's her favorite color.
Curry's her favorite food.
In addition to being a Berklee alumna, she has a Master's degree in English!
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