INTERVIEW: Liane Edwards
How would you classify your music?
Although everyone seems to love to fit music styles and bands into perfect genres and boxes, I think I have crossed over so many neighboring styles that it is difficult to put a name to it! In Europe, I tour as a country-rock band, but other musical influences slide in and find their home in our shows and songwriting. The audiences don’t mind at all, it makes the show varied and keeps the crowds jumping.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
In the country genre, Montgomery Gentry, the Dixie Chicks and Emmylou Harris. Otherwise, Alanis Morrisette, 3 Doors Down, Lynyrd Skynyrd. It is pretty vast.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
I work with two different crowds: English speakers, and non-English speakers. I want English speakers to not only enjoy the beat and the liveliness of the show, but also to “get” the lyrics and enjoy the stories. For the French, or other nationalities, they need the emotion that you transmit without words. They like upbeat, sprinkled with a slow song or two, but they need to know that you are living what you are singing. In any case, I want the crowd to have fun and leave their troubles at the door for a few hours.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
France is supportive of live music. People enjoy coming to see shows and often buy your albums. It is not like in the States, there is not a live music scene every day of the week. It is limited to Thurs-Sat during the off seasons, so bands have to book way in advance and work at keeping their slots and finding new places to play. In general, in Europe, people enjoy American music and musicians. It is a plus to be an American singer/guitarist on the music scene in Western Europe. In Charlotte, my home town, there are shows every night, and for all tastes it seems. But I have noticed a leaning towards the more acoustic shows over the last few years.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
The best show I have seen was probably Pink, in Paris. Although I knew next to nothing about her before stepping through the door, I was impressed by her show, her energy and her way of making all the concert goers feel like they were seeing something unique.
For me, the live shows are what it is all about. I love it when people are having a good time, enjoying the music. Feeling the audience’s attention turn toward you and hearing the BIG applause after a song you put your soul into writing is a real rush.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
It is hard to choose between your children J. But I really loved writing and arranging “Borrowed Time”. It was like a movie playing out in my mind as I wrote it. I knew that the music had to be powerful to back the lyrics, and the whole building block construction of the song came naturally.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
I have been working with some new musicians, and their personal influences have influenced my song-writing. My 6th album had really been a step more towards rock, but the new album came back to my roots and to what I probably do best. I think that certain things about my songwriting have become identifiable throughout my albums, and I believe people look for that trait that makes it 100% Liane Edwards.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
All of the above please, with Emmylou Harris. She is my idol. A beautiful woman and a beautiful spirit. She has been touring for 50 years or more, and she still holds her own like a queen. Her voice is unique, recognizable when so many are so busy trying to sound the same. She stayed faithful to her music, her family, her genre. Kudos to a true artist that never got eaten alive by the industry.
What’s next for you?
I have decided to tour for 50 years like Emmylou. Lol. Jokes aside, I will be on stage as long as possible in my life. For now, I will be presenting the new album to our audiences, rockin’ up as many souls as possible on both sides of the Atlantic!