Lynn Blakey’s Christmas Show featuring Ecki Heins, FJ Ventre, and Special Guests
When talking about Lynn Blakey’s place in the music world, you have to start with her voice. Distinctive and bell-clear, sometimes plaintive and always honest, Blakey’s voice is the underpinning of her appeal and of her acclaim, both as a frontwoman and as a guest vocalist. It’s an instrument that hushes crowds and makes grown men cry. I know because I’ve witnessed the hush and I’ve been that grown man. Her impassioned vocals and inspired songwriting have most recently found a home in the beloved and pop-rocking Gloryfountain, and in the harmony-driven all-girl super-group Tres Chicas. She has also added her voice to recordings by such notables as Alejandro Escovedo (A Man Under the Influence), Jeffrey Dean Foster (Million Star Hotel), Dana Kletter, The Velvet Crush, and many others.
In recent years she has released several albums including Glory Fountain’s Blame Love, and The Beauty of 23 (La Joy), as well as Tres Chicas’ Sweetwater, and Bloom Red and the Ordinary Girl (Yep Roc). Both ensembles toured throughout the US and Europe, headlining and playing shows alongside artists such as Ralph Stanley, Jeff Buckley, Calexico, Molteni, Ian Moore and Tift Merritt.
Today, Blakey is finding fulfillment in the creation of new songs: straightforward, soulful, melodic epiphanies that surge and swim in the waters of love, living, and loss. Blakey’s newest endeavors are supported by her husband Ecki Heins, who lends sympathetic harmonies and sweeping fiddle lines. A five-song E.P. “Meadowview”was recorded with notable North Carolina producer Jerry Kee. and released April 2011.
-Rick Cornell, music writer for The Independent Weekly, No Depression, Oxford American, and others
“Of all the accomplished musicians who have sprung from the Triangle’s indie and roots communities in the past couple of decades, the best pure singer among them may well be Lynn Blakey. With a pedigree that stretches back to the Athens, Ga., 1980s heyday and with close ties to N.C. studio pioneers Mitch Easter and Chris Stamey, Blakey has made some great recordings over the years with bands such as The Glory Fountain and Tres Chicas. The new five-song EP, Meadowview, is, surprisingly, her first release under her own name; it features fetching violin and vocal accents by her husband, German expat Ecki Heins. He’s undoubtedly the subject of the leadoff track, “Immigrant Heart”; there’s also a fresh take on “Bloom,” one of the Chicas’ finest tunes.
-Peter Blackstock , The Independent Weekly
“She’s a wonderful songwriter and a drop-dead amazing singer with a voice that will grab you around the heart and not let go (and you won’t want it to, either). Her new mini-album “Meadowview” sounds like the next best thing to being on her porch for a hootenanny….”
-David Menconi, The News and Observer