Lauren brings her blend of blues and Americana to Coolham Music Club

Promising a soulful blend of blues and Americana, Lauren Housley plays Coolham Village Hall on Saturday, May 7.

Friday, 6th May 2016, 9:46 am
Updated Friday, 6th May 2016, 10:47 am
Lauren Housley

She will be looking to build on the positive response so far to her debut album, Sweet Surrender, which came out last August.

“It was a self-release, and it has been a huge learning curve for me,” Lauren says. “It has gradually been seeping its way out. We did really well with the first single. We got on the BBC Radio 2 playlist but really I suppose, I have learned lots about the industry. And I have learned just how much I want this!

“When I think back, it took me more than a year to make the album, and it was done on quite a low budget. It was a labour of love, really. It had to be! But it has turned out to be quite well received. You can hear the passion. I am really, really pleased with it. I think it has been about getting to work with good people, and there are some long-term working relationships that are going to continue to grow from here.

“Actually, we were back in the studio between Christmas and the New Year to record a couple more, new tracks. Unofficially there may be a re-release of Sweet Surrender, but with the extra tracks. Because it was a self-release, the album has just started to seep out there really, and in terms of its audience potential… well, I don’t think it has reached its audience potential.

“I would also like to spread my wings a bit further than the UK as well.”

It’s certainly all Lauren had hoped for: “It is something I have been working towards for a long time, ever since I started song-writing, and I was song-writing before I even realised I was doing it. Then I was really lucky to meet a really good song-writing partner in Thomas.

“Things have developed so much. We had released an EP, and that was also a learning curve. As for the music, I would say it is a soulful blend of blues and Americana, It’s just song-writing! It is classic song-writing. I feel that’s what gives it a bit of a commercial edge with the Radio 2 stuff. But it has got the instrumentation that gives it its flavour. We have got a lot of pedal steel and dobro that gives it that twang, and there is my voice that is more bluesy and more soul-sounding. But it’s just songs really!

“I tend to sing about different things. I don’t sing a lot about myself. I try to empathise, to make connections with other people’s situations.”

To that extent there is a degree of characterisation behind some of the songs: “I might be singing about lost love, but actually I am myself in a really happy relationship. I just think you have got to dig deeper and write songs that connect with people.”

Tickets cost £20 to include supper or £15 without. Email [email protected] or call Graeme Tame on 07889775173.

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