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Lera Lynn makes her music dark with a Texas twang

In our series My Music, singer-songwriter Lera Lynn talks about gaining fans from the HBO show "True Detective" and channeling her Texas roots.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Finally tonight, a new occasional series here on the “NewsHour” that gives artists an opportunity to talk about their work. We call it My Music.

    We start with Lera Lynn, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter featured in the HBO series “True Detective” who recently completed her U.S. tour.

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  • LERA LYNN, Singer-Songwriter :

    There is something really attractive about darkness to me.

    I have read studies that listening to sad music actually creates positive emotion, so I’m just trying to change the world.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • LERA LYNN:

    Just kidding.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • LERA LYNN:

    My name is Lera Lynn. And I’m an independent musician.

    A lot of people that come into the shows these days have find out about me through “True Detective.” Thankfully, they have dug a little bit more. I think that’s the best possible scenario for me.

    My family is Texan. And I think, especially now, I’m really starting to feel the impact of their upbringing on me, because it’s coming out of the music in a big way. There’s been a lot of country music, a lot of classic rock, even jazz. My mom loved Joni Mitchell.

    There was even, you know, a lot of Van Halen in the house.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • LERA LYNN:

    It is kind of all over the place, really. I think that’s got a lot to do with why my style varies such a great deal.

    The opening track from my latest record, “The Avenues,” is called “Out to Sea.” And I had a friend whose roommate had a girlfriend who was in love with him, and he was really not very into. And he broke it off with her, and she just couldn’t bear it.

    She told us all, since we were a group of friends, that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We were all very shocked and saddened by the news and later found out that it was, in fact, a lie, and just a means to keep this guy close to her.

    So, in the interim, the news and the truth, I wrote “Out to Sea,” which it’s about facing death, you know, facing your mortality. Of course, we have paired it with a major key and an upbeat track, so it’s not as lonely as it might seem.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • LERA LYNN:

    If you’re trying to get into songwriting and you’re intimidated by it, know that everyone is at first, and that you just have to jump.

    Nobody ever has to hear it or read your lyrics or anything. You just got to write and keep writing and let inspiration and your own artistic voice drive you.

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