Soft Teeth features 3 songs from Korby's forthcoming 6th studio album, Korby Lenker. One of those tracks - If I Prove False To You - is currently being spun on SiriusXM "The Coffeehouse". The self-titled album came out March 25. Pre-order it here: http://amzn.to/1cPwjWK
Korby Lenker is a sneaky-good songwriter. And singer. And multi-instrumentalist.
The Nashville-based Idaho-native has spent the last two decades making music, going from playing covers in the coffee shops of Twin Falls during his teens to fronting the Seattle-area bluegrass outfit The Barbed Wire Cutters in the early aughts to his most recent incarnation: Music City artist of the folk-pop persuasion.
Featuring blasts of ‘80s synth on “Lovers Are Fools,” a song for which Korby fully admits he and producer Tim Lauer (John Oates, Mikky Ekko, Kate Voegele) copped “Boys of Summer”-era Don Henley; tinges of marimba on the break-up ballad “Here We Go Again”; and even an all-out ‘70s funk-and-falsetto fest, interrupted by a totally incongruous yet absolutely appropriate harp solo break on “Forbidden Fruit.”
And yes, that is Korby’s signature ukulele on “My Little Life,” which took top honors at 2012’s Kerrville New Folk Competition. It doesn’t seem possible that one song could work so well in such disparate worlds, but it also proved its powers as a galvanizing piece of indie-pop, drawing a small army of likeminded, Nashville artists and personalities to make lip-syncing, ukulele-strumming cameos in Lenker’s music video.
In keeping with Korby’s personal ethos of top-notch instrumentality, the album’s filled with great licks, quirky bridges, and fun, sometimes elegant, musical motifs executed with style and precision—whether recorded or played live. “To me there's no substitute for knowing how to play your instrument,” says Korby, who will do almost 200 tour dates this year to support the album. “People don't notice this on recordings, but my whole ability to make a career has been because I can play an hour and a half set solo.”
A seasoned live performer, Lenker has shared the stage with various artists including Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi, Ray LaMontagne, Keith Urban and Nickel Creek, and has performed at Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, and Telluride music festivals. Named a Top 10 finalist in the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour competition, his songwriting accolades also include the International Songwriting Competition (2010), Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition (2004/2006), and Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival (2001).
Recorded at Dogwood Studios in Nashville, Korby Lenker features guest appearances by musicians Jerry McPherson and Pat Buchanan (guitar); Anton Nesbitt (bass); Dan Needham and Julian McDonough (drums); Lucas Leigh (keyboards); Paula Bressman (harp); Butch McComb (saxophone); Oscar Utterstrom (trombone); Daniel Pingrey (marimba), Tim Lauer (keyboards, organ, melotron), and backing vocals by Angela Lauer, Natalie Prass, and Katie Herzig.
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