As the center of the music world continues its shift to Nashville, the level of talent continues to rise. Liz Longley worked her way to Nashville after graduating from Berklee College of Music and has recorded five records. Liz has toured and worked with some of the top names in the industry and seen her songs featured in multiple television shows.
Liz’s new single, a cover of the Four Tops classic, I Can’t Help Myself, Is released on November 16.. Please enjoy my Conversation with Liz Longley below:
On choosing to cover I Can’t Help Myself – This spoke to me because I feel like everyone knows this song…I was highlighting the angst in the lyrics. 1:15
On upcoming new music – Just a single for now. I am writing a new record, I’ve been writing it for a little over two years. 2:35
On her approach to covering songs – I sit with my piano or guitar and play through it and try to serve the lyrics, like I do when I’m writing my own songs. What is the heart of the song saying and what does it say to me? 3:55
On her 2010 song Unraveling – I was very hesitant to share that song, I thought it was too heavy and I thought it was too personal, but what I learned from that is that sharing those types of things actually brings you closer to people. 7:10
On her writing process – I only think about the song when I’m writing, I don’t really think about production at all or the record because I find that then you lose track of why you’re doing it. 11:25
On playing Nashville’s historic venues – I’ve played the Bluebird several times…some of my heroes have played there, you can’t help but notice (the history) while you’re playing. 14:10
The Ryman, I had never played there until this week and it really hit me after I got offstage. I always wanted to play there now I’m dying to go back!
Check out Liz’s brand new release HERE
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