Liz Brasher makes her own kind of southern music – one that's caught halfway between the garage, the church, the bar, and the bedroom. She's a soul singer. A guitar-playing rocker. A one-woman girl group. A gospel revivalist who worships at the altar of the Box Tops. It's a diverse sound rooted in the influence of Brasher's two homes: her adopted hometown of Memphis, TN where she recorded her debut LP, Painted Image, for Fat Possum Records; and her childhood stomping grounds in rural North Carolina, where she was raised in a musical, multi-ethnic household. Painted Image showcases not only Brasher's elastic voice, but her guitar playing and songwriting chops, as well. Inspired by everyone from Pops Staples to surf guitar icons the Ventures, she approaches her electric guitar from a melodic, moody perspective, often cranking up the tremolo and reverb for big, bold effect. Elsewhere, she attacks the instrument with rhythmic stabs, underscoring her own melodies with blasts of chugging soul. Meanwhile, her lyrics tackle everything from Biblical themes to heartbreak, spinning stories that are as evocative and wide-ranging as her musical influences themselves. "I don't like rules, and I don't like to be put into a box," says the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bandleader. "I make music that's garage rock meets the Delta blues meets gospel meets soul. It's southern music – my version of southern music."
Liz Brasher - Painted Image