Lex Land CD Release Show Saturday Night at the Swan Dive
Songwriter Lex Land was our featured live artist yesterday in KUT’s Studio 1A. Those dulcet tones made quite an impression. The best part is hearing Land move from genre to genre in each of her songs, as easily as she’s done on her first album Orange Days On Lemon Street (2008) and the soon to be released Were My Sweetheart To Go… It’s smooth and effortless. It’s all simply a reflection of her personality.
Land moved from Southern California to Austin about a couple of years ago, deciding that stints in Los Angeles were just not cutting it for her music career. She finished writing songs for her new album and again found herself inspired by a wide mix of music styles, seamlessly taking cues from jazz, pop, folk and rock.
Land has penned songs illustrating the strains of unrequited love, but this time looked toward the uncertainties surfacing in a relationship, like self-doubt, second thoughts and insecurities – hence the title Were My Sweetheart To Go… Of course, no matter what the topic, Land’s voice is at the center of the spotlight, gorgeous and brimming with emotion.
The new CD is set for release on Tuesday, and Land is celebrating with a CD release show Saturday night at the Swan Dive, 615 Red River, near E. 7th St. Opening the show is Austin-based songwriter (and Land’s bandmate for the show) Danny Malone, and closing out the evening is local big band extraordinaire The Vintage 15. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Highly recommended.