Have You Met Lera Lynn? It’s both a legitimate question, as well as the title of her debut solo album on Slow Records. The ten song set came out back in March 2011, which may leave you wondering, “Why are you writing about it so late?” To which I reply, “Well, have you met Lera Lynn? Because, if you haven’t, that’s why I’m writing about it so late.”
Also, there’s another reason! Lera and her boys will be releasing their first 7″ vinyl EP on March 2nd* at a show in Athens, GA (details here). Presumably, the EP will be available for purchase on future tour dates**, though you’ll soon be able to download it for free through her website. The release will include a cover of Johnny Cash‘s “Ring of Fire”, as well as an original B-side entitled “Don’t Make Me Wait”.
For the uninitiated, “Good Hearted Man” is a good starting point for your soon-to-develop Lera Lynn obsession. It’s got the charm of classic Dolly Parton with a dash of modern polish. Plus, it’s only two minutes and ten seconds long (not nearly long enough), officially falling into the “too short to suck” catalogue of American songwriting.
Of course, if you prefer country songs that tread on darker territory, you might want to start with “Bobby, Baby”, “Whiskey” or my personal favorite “Gasoline”. Last but not least, if you’re one of those people who listens to “everything but country!”, please stop saying things like that forever. It’s wildly inaccurate, because I highly doubt that you’re listening to shit like this or this or even this. Give country a chance, you big jerky jerk!
Click through (or look below) for the “Good Hearted Man” music video: