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What some critics are saying about “Rise of the Fall”


“This singer/songwriter from Nawlins via Miss’ippi has come up with the album Lucinda Williams fans have been hoping for.  Without being a copycat, Drury has her own sound but she does a great job of following in and filling some mighty big footsteps.  Simply a right on set throughout.” (Chris Spector/Midwest Record)

“intimate emotive collection of songs influenced heavily by her roots…’NOLAmericana,’ a marriage of ’80s sounds, old-time country, rhythm and blues and New Orleans groove…an album that is at once diverse, outspoken, steady and true.” (Holly Hobbs/Gambit)
“Drury’s got a refreshing earthliness to her voice that gives her songs warmth while her backing band of New Orleans all-stars adds a shot of slinky Tabasco sauce to the otherwise Schlitz-fueled twang…Each song feels like a nugget of hard-earned wisdom…’Rise Of The Fall’ further cements Drury’s place in the firmament of New Orleans songwriters — no frills but with an attention to artistry and craft.” (Rachel Cholst/No Depression)

4****”With a sleepy-headed vocal delivery out of the Lucinda Williams school, NOLA-based singer/songwriter Lynn Drury serves up a soulful, ballad-heavy set with stick-with-you choruses dropped throughout. Cases-in-point include the simmering leadoff rocker- ‘Lifetime Of Living’, a country charmer- ‘Cold Feet’ and the melodically haunting ‘11:11‘.  Strings show up now and again; the moody character of  ’11’ is underlined by a compelling and very unexpected chart sounding straight out of the Jeff Lynne playbook”. (Duane Verh/Roots Music Report)

“Drury’s songs are beyond category, touching everything from classic folk singer-songwriter to county, soul and roots rock…’Cold Feet’ should be a country hit for somebody if not Drury herself…” (John Swenson/OffBeat)

4**** ‘Favorite songs include the organ-drenched, string-augmented, tempo-shifting opener ‘Lifetime Of Living,’ the sad, profound ‘Taking All Good People Away,”’ the 12-string powered ‘Anniversary’ and too many others to mention. Fans of ‘NOLAmericana’ (Lynn’s word) will thoroughly enjoy this CD.” (Ricky Flake/Sun Herald)

“Lynn just put out a new CD, Rise of the Fall, which takes listeners on a journey, with a female John Prine feel.” (Jim Clark/The Lee County Courier)

“mixes folk, country, blues, soul, rock and pop elements to create her own appealing and engaging sound…And she is a damn good songwriter, her songs speaking to us honestly and directly…One of my favorites is ‘Water Your Words.’ It’s a beautiful song, slow and moving, yet oddly catchy, and with an excellent vocal performance. ‘We’ve always been good/At riding that fence/Between black and white/So don’t make me choose/Between this life and you.’ Arsène DeLay provides backing vocals on this track. This song dug into my brain, made itself a home there, where it is certainly welcome. I love this one more each time I listen to it.” (Michael Doherty’s Music Log)

“A Mississippi native, Lynn Drury has carved out a place for herself within the New Orleans music community as an Americana singer-songwriter drawing on country, folk and local rhythms and grooves. Her new, eighth album is ‘Rise of the Fall.’ On it, she and bandleader Rene Coman, bassist of the Iguanas, craft a dozen songs marked by her burnished voice and intimate arrangements.” (Keith Spera/New Orleans Advocate)

Chickie Wah Wah Friday! 9.22.17


On the Rise: Lynn Drury returns with new album

The songwriter releases Rise of the Fall at Chickie Wah Wah
Friday Sept. 22.

Lynn Drury didn’t pick up a guitar or start writing music until her mid-20s, but when she did, the songs poured out. With Rise of the Fall, her eighth studio album out Sept. 29 via CSB Roxy Music, Drury was at the helm for the first time, doing her own production (along with co-production from Rene Coman, bassist with the New Orleans Latin-rock band The Iguanas) and offering a more intimate emotive collection of songs influenced heavily by her roots.

Drury was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and grew up on a 500-acre farm in Carriere, Mississippi, an hour from New Orleans. She spent her childhood riding horses competitively, participating in 4-H shows, singing with her family in church and listening to stories about an aunt who played guitar.

“My first horse show was at age 5,” Drury says. “My dad was very competitive and very serious about it. I grew up immersed in that and being on the farm and in country music. My dad and my mom weren’t musical, really, but they loved music — the old Merle (Haggard) and Willie (Nelson) and Hank (Williams), and, of course, Elvis.”

After Hurricane Katrina, Drury made playing music a full-time career. In 2011, she released Sugar on the Floor, recorded with Ivan Neville, Alex McMurray, Tommy Malone and others. Her 2014 album Come to My House was produced by Grammy-winner John Porter. Her love of The Smiths informed a lot of her past songwriting, and Drury honed a sound she dubbed “NOLAmericana,” a marriage of ’80s sounds, old-time country, rhythm and blues and New Orleans groove.

But Drury didn’t think the sound of her albums matched her intent.

“I think I’m only now beginning to intimate the musical vision that I’ve been trying to get on every album,” she says. “I always felt like it wasn’t really what I had in my head. With (Rise of the Fall), being able to be in charge of production, I think this is the closest I’ve gotten so far. I always wanted some rawness, just honest, authentic, emotional music. Less polished, more intimate. I think I’m finally starting to get there.”

Drury’s synergy with her band helped. Guitarist Chris Adkins, saxophonist Derek Huston, cellist Jack Craft, violinist Sam Craft, Jake Gold on the Hammond B3 organ and a host of others perform on an album that is at once diverse, outspoken, steady and true. The wealth of instruments used in the recording was a bonus, allowing Drury and Coman to draw out classical string section climaxes, as in “11:11,” and New Orleans horns and rhythm in “I Need You.” Intricate harmonies mark the title track, “Rise of the Fall,” while the lovely “Water Your Words” is a standout track.

“‘Water Your Words’ was the catalyst for getting in the studio in the first place,” Drury says. “It’s a heavy song, especially with what’s going on with everything racially these days, and everything that’s going on in rural places, and in New Orleans.  And musically, it really sounds to me like being back in the country as a child, which is exactly what I was hoping for.”