CD Release Party: Sunday, 4/9/17, 10PM at D.B.A on Frenchman Street, New Orleans
Lynn Drury has been an integral part of the New Orleans music scene for over 15 years. She was recently nominated “Songwriter of the Year” from Offbeat Magazine (2015), Best Female Performer by Gambit Weekly(2015), and has been featured at the Jazz & Heritage Festival for over 10 years. She plays a style called “Mississippi Grit/New Orleans Groove.” Her song “City Life” was also featured and used for ESPN’s 10 year Hurricane Katrina Anniversary video. Her most recent album, “Come to My House” was produced by John Porter, who has produced 13 Grammy-winning albums.
Lynn Drury has been performing, in one arena or another, her entire life. At the ripe old age of five she won a 4-H state competition in Mississippi in pole bending. If you don’t know what pole bending is, it’s a little like barrel racing, Lynn says. That’s horse talk. In a word, rodeos. Once you know that much about Lynn, you understand her approach.
She picked up the guitar at 26, went at it like a pro, and she’s never stopped working. Her inspiration is her environment and since the mid nineties, that environment has been New Orleans. The transition for the Yazoo City – born Drury was smooth. She says jasmine smells like honeysuckle, and you believe her. Sultry, sweet songs turn funky, and it’s all in the same neighborhood.
These days, Lynn herself is part of the scenery. She’s been a regular at French Quarter Fest and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for years, and has played just about everywhere in town.
Drury released her first CD, “Crossing Frequencies,” in 2001 and over the next two years released two more — “Blackberry Winter” and “Spun,” as well as winning Best Emerging Singer/Songwriter for Offbeat Magazine. In 2006 her record “All You Need” produced by Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers) was nominated for Best Roots-Rock Album at the Big Easy Awards, and it’s still selling. In 2008 Lynn moved to Italy and toured Europe with Italian guitarist Roberto Luti, releasing “Dal Vivo,” a live CD in 2009.
In 2010 a grant from Threadhead Records Foundation assisted Lynn in making “Sugar On the Floor.” The stellar lineup on the record includes Alex McMurray (Tin Men, Royal Fingerbowl), Tommy Malone (Subdudes), Ivan Neville, Helen Gillet, Bill Malchow, and Eric Traub. Produced by Carlo Nuccio (who also plays drums on the album), much of the disc was recorded and engineered by Jacques DeLatour at Fudge Recording Studios in New Orleans. “Sugar On the Floor” was released in the spring of 2011.
In December 2012, Lynn received another grant from the Threadhead Foundation, which helped fund her latest release. “Come to My House” hit the streets in 2014. It is produced by John Porter (Taj Mahal, Ryan Adams, Keb Mo) and features Shane Theriot, Chris Adkins, Trevor Brooks, Alex McMurray, Chris Pylant and Casandra Faulconer. Jon Cleary & Evan Christopher also lend their talents to “I Know You Want Me” and “Always,” respectively.
“I am so excited about my new recording,” Lynn says. Working with John was so much fun! When I heard he had produced the early Smith’s records, I knew I had to work with him. I’ve been gritty and I’ve been twangy, but I wanted a new direction for this project. Intuitively, it just felt right.”
Drury continues to receive praise for “Come To My House.” John Swenson of Offbeat Magazine recently called it “An absolute triumph”
In 2015, she received nominations for Best Female Performer” (Big Easy Awards), “Songwriter of the Year” & “Best Roots Rock Album” for Come to My House (Offbeat Awards) and also began work on a new album of songs, which is due out in 2016.
Currently, Lynn is on the road, bringing her style and grit to the nation and abroad. Catch her if you can.