Bright light in a dark se­ries

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - ARTS & LIFE -

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.

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