1995 - Courted by Ardent Studios in Memphis for a possible deal
1997 - First album release: Live at Eddie’s Attic, a live album recorded at the infamous Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia
2000 - Moved to New York City and recorded demos in different studios and six songs with Stacy O’Dell
2007 - Moved back to Columbus and released A Horse Named Yankee, a compilation of demos written from 1990-2003. They were recorded in studios in Atlanta and New York. It also included live tracks and home recordings on a 4-track
2013 - Released self-produced seven-song EP, Wanting’s For Sinners
November, 2020 - Release of Wandering Stars' Somnambule. Lydia is featured vocalist
“Among the first artists in my own cassette deck were Siouxsie and the Banshees, X, Sinead O'Connor, Patty Smith, P.J. Harvey, Everything But The Girl, The Smiths, The Pogues, Joy Division, David Bowie, Talking Heads, New Order, Violent Femmes, Roxy Music, Devo, Elvis Costello, Adam and the Ants, The Clash, Kate Bush, Tom Waits, Sex Pistols.... this list could go on and on and on. These were the artists that I would play into the ground. Over and over until I had to buy the tape again and again - and then later, of course, I had to buy it on CD. ”
M.M. Tell me more about your music.
L.B. “Well, I guess it's pop. I mean, who doesn't want their music to be popular? I really hate that word, pop. Maybe it's anti-pop. Some songs are sort of power pop. There's some Alternative or Indie Folk Rock in there, and my voice can get a little Country. It's desperate. It's edgy. I write about things that happen in my life. The things I fear, the ones I love, the places I've seen and the darkest roads I've been down. In general, my songs all have a common thread. A mix of hope and despair is as close as I can get. It's easier to say what it is not than what it is. It's not happy, but hopeful, it's not sad, but introspective, it's not angry, just misunderstood.
M.M. Did your family listen to a lot of music when you were a child?
L.B. Yes! As a young child my family listened to Jazz - lots of Bossa Nova; Jobim, Stan Getz, and true Jazz greats like Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. The '30's and '40's swing vocalists like Ella F., Louis A., Cab C., and Edith Piaf were favorites of my grandmother. My foundation years; it was all folk. Carly Simon, Ricky Lee Jones, Carole King, Buffy Saint Marie. And in my teen years I was bombarded with my brother's influences, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Rush, to name a few. But everything changed when I began listening to my own choices.
M.M. Who were your biggest influences?
L.B. Among the first artists in my own cassette deck were Siouxsie and the Banshees, X, Sinead O'Connor, Patty Smith, P.J. Harvey, Everything But The Girl, The Smiths, The Pogues, Joy Division, David Bowie, Talking Heads, New Order, Violent Femmes, Roxy Music, Devo, Elvis Costello, Adam and the Ants, The Clash, Kate Bush, Tom Waits, Sex Pistols.... this list could go on and on and on. These were the artists that I would play into the ground. Over and over until I had to buy the tape again and again - and then later, of course, I had to buy it on CD.
M.M. When did you start writing songs?
L.B. I started writing songs in the early nineties. My early days were the biggest influences for me. After moving to Atlanta and immersing myself into the music scene, I started to listen to some truly AMAZING music by artists such as Ani Difranco, Nirvana, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Radiohead, Portishead, Morphine, Jeff Buckley, Muse, Beck, but mostly I was influenced by my music cohorts that I was sharing stages with, my band mates and other musicians I hung around with.
M.M. Are you totally loving anyone's music these days?
L.B. You know, my feelings about music have sort of changed. I find myself getting into artists who have something deep and meaningful to say that reaches the center of my soul - or voices and arrangements that hit a certain chord and give me creative inspiration. Music legends like Patty Smith, Tom Waits, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone to name a few - and other newer artists like Jack White, St. Vincent, Iron & Wine, Lord Huron, Sufjan Stevens and Juana Molina. I still really get excited about new sounds and styles. And these days with everyone's music everywhere online I stumble onto all kinds of mind-blowing music. What an amazing mix of wonderful, beautiful and talented humans in this world!
I'm still not exactly sure what 'type' of music I play, or even what 'style'. but whatever it is, I hope you like it."