Lera Lynn

10th Annual Alt. Country Song Vox Pop Winner

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Record Label: Slow Records

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Home Base: Athens, GA.

Genre: Americana/ Alt. Country.

Category Entered: Alt. Country Song

Work Submitted: “Bobby, Baby”

Artists Featured: Ck Koch

Label: Slow Records


Influences: Johnny Cash & June Carter, Patsy Cline

Describe your nominated work: “Bobby, Baby” is a song about my late father, Robert. It’s a song about forgiveness and compassion. It’s about understanding why people do the things they do and learning not to take them personally.

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 10th IMA’s? It was the first single off the record.

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? I’ve never play Rhodes Piano so it was unusual for me and for the album, considering it’s only used twice in its entirety.

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? The whole thing was a happy accident!

Did fans help you fund this project? Yes, Ck Koch, possibly my biggest fan, recorded the album for free.

Who’s sitting in your audience? They usually stand.

What makes your fans unique? Most of them are artists better than me.

Are there any songs you wish you wrote? Wow. Of course! There are tons. I could talk about that for 12 days.

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? Los Zafiros. Are you surprised?

What is your guilty pleasure on the road? I try hard to resist guilty pleasures. I take trail mix to stay in line. But! I can never resist wine with lunch. Probably not the best time for a buzz but what can I say?

Any close calls or mishaps while on tour? The vehicle computer melted in the van on our last tour. Thankfully we were able to get the thing jumped 5 times to get close to the venue and we pushed the thing the last little stretch into the venue parking lot. We had to abandon that van and rent one from enterprise in exchange for my left arm and right foot.

Do you have any rituals before you go on stage? Funny you should ask…

Should music be free? We don’t really have a choice in the matter these days.

How has digital affected your career? It’s made it a hell of a lot easier.

Are digital singles vs. full albums the future of music? No way. Singles are meant to be a taste of complete work.

Finish this sentence: The music industry is… like a long-term relationship. There’s a lot of love and hate.