Lex Land Plays Thursday Night at Frank
It’s interesting to note that Lex Land originally set out to make a career in opera. Of course, things moved in an entirely different direction for the young, vibrantly-voiced songwriter. She released her debut album, the critically-acclaimed Orange Days on Lemon Street, in 2008 at age 19. Then, she moved from Los Angeles to Austin a few years ago, deciding that the stints in LA, amidst the vast anonymity in a sea of people clamoring to be famous, were just not cutting it for her career.
She finished writing songs for her next album, Were My Sweetheart To Go… (2011), and again found herself inspired by a wide mix of music styles, seamlessly taking cues from jazz, pop, folk and rock. The best part is hearing Land move from genre to genre in each of her songs, as easily as did on Orange Days On Lemon Street. It feels smooth and effortless. Lex does well exploring the strains of unrequited love, but for the second album, she looked more toward the uncertainties surfacing in a relationship, like self-doubt, having second thoughts, and deeply-rooted 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.
You can see Lex Land perform Thursday night at Frank, located at 407 Colorado. (A quick note: Please don’t let the street construction deter you; the music will be worth it.) Starting out the evening is soul/blues guitarist and singer Karl Morgan, followed by songwriter (and star competitor of NBC’s The Voice) Tje Austin. Doors open at 9 p.m. Don’t miss out. Get there early to see all three performances. Recommended.