The folk fixation of Emily Lacy

By Adriene Moore |Staff Writer|

Following the path of skinny jeans and big hair, folk music is making a comeback. This time a new singer songwriter is the leading the surge.

Emily Lacy is the well-established folk singer with 11 self-produced albums and two cross country tours under her belt although she was probably unknown to most who are not familiar with folk music.

Lacy’s music is definitely more urban folk as compared to traditional folk although she does incorporate a fiddle and a bass in some songs.

An older album of Lacy’s, Song From the Wandering, released in 2005 features the song “I Dig Forever.”

This first song on the album presents a mixture of Lacy singing in the background and speaking over herself at the same time. She repeats that she “digs until she finds the treasure.”

Most songs on her albums feature Lacy playing the acoustic guitar and the songs are downright relaxing.

The folk in urban folk definitely shows its face in her song “Sugar in the Ground”. I have to say that this is one her songs that just spew traditional folk (enter word). You can clearly hear a banjo and with the fast- paced tempo, her voice sounds made for folk music.

Although Lacy is on her way to becoming an urban folk legend, she was actually a film student at the University of Southern California and had no intention of learning to play the guitar. It is said that she became inspired after a trip to see a Bob Dylan documentary.

“It just felt like this lightning bolt, I remember I came out of the Norris Theatre and we had watched it on 35-millimeter print, I just stood there smoking a cigarette and I couldn’t talk to anybody,” said Lacy in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“I had this feeling while watching it that, man, I should probably get a guitar,” added Lacy.

I wouldn’t say that Lacy and Dylan play in the same genre of music, but after reviewing both, I can definitely feel his presence in some of Lacy’s songs. Dylan had a way of speaking as he sang and that goes the same for Lacy’s songs

Dylan was definitely the jumpstart to her music career, but it wasn’t until a while later that she actually picked up a guitar.

It was actually New York anti-folk singer Jeffrey Lewis’ music that made Lacy say, “OK, now I have to get a guitar.”

It is constantly said that Lacy’s music walks the tightrope between art and music and I have to agree that it is a little bit of both.

While listening to a few songs on the album, I imagine an interpretive dance being performed. When music has the power to do this, it truly can be considered art.

Lacy is working on another project called “Cowboys and Angels” so put down your typical pop hits and visit the folk section of the record store. No hurry though, Lacy isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

 

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