Bright light in a dark series
her home studio in Nashville. “I did tell Colin and Vince once, ‘Just so you know, I am a healthy regular person.’ ”
Lynn was selected by producer and composer T. Bone Burnett to help write and sing the songs that set the mood for the dark series. But Burnett and the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, couldn’t tell her much about the plot when she started working on the show, other than they wanted “narcoballads,” Lynn said. Grammy-winning singer Rosanne Cash also helped write songs for the show, including the haunting My Least Favorite Life.
“It was interesting trying to create a character for the show whose function I was completely oblivious to,” she said.
But now that the show — which suffered a critical drubbing in its second season —is over, Lynn has returned her focus to working on her next album and touring in the United States and overseas. Lynn’s last album, The Avenues, released in 2014, is a mix of Americana and country and her voice has a heavenly whisper that invokes comparisons to Joy Williams of the Civil Wars. Her next album, produced by Joshua Grange, is due out early next year.
“I think there are definitely aspects of the True Detective style that run through my music,” Lynn said. “It’s just a sliver of what I do. T. Bone saw that somewhere and I think that’s why he invited me to write and play on the show.”
She’s thankful for the extra attention she’s gotten from appearing on the show and said adding the songs from the television series to her set list has also added a dramatic element to the live show.
“I throw them in where people least expect it,” Lynn said. “It’s a neat part of the show, I think. It just brings everything way down for a minute. And then we just rock out.”
Songwriter Lera Lynn (above) performed for Vince Vaughan and Colin Farrell (above right) in True Detective.