Jennifer Lynn Simpson: Debut Album Release Show
515-B North McDonough St.
Decatur, GA, 30030
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Jennifer Lynn Simpson
Born in Hollywood, California with a deep love of the singer/songwriters of the late 60's and 70's and 80's and of country music through the ages, I decided to follow my heart late in the game. I wrote a song for two of my best friends and was forced to play it at their wedding. The manager for the Indigo Girls was in attendance and asked me to send him some tunes. Next thing I knew, he was booking me at a festival and so began the amazing, terrifying leap into doing what I love. I am self-taught on the guitar, piano and ukulele and consider myself a forever student of music and all its glory and power. I love moments and wind and trees and understanding and autobiographies and my family and my ENGLISH BULLDOG, RUFUS (more than most things), and magic and dandelions and old churches and space and the moon and dreams and intuition and strangers and kindness and coffee and wine and a good dirty martini and seeing the world and a good meal with friends and so many other things, but I love nothing more than I love a song that makes you feel less lonely, that makes you sing loudly and that makes you want to create something. I want to make music like that. Follow me as I start the journey of my first album release, my first opening gig and me fighting the fears and self-doubt that kept me from doing this before now....
When Wyatt Espalin returned to his roots to live at the rustic campground where he was raised in the North Georgia Mountains, he found a setting that would inspire “The Last Leaf”. This collection of mysterious songs gives his audience a glimpse of an artist rediscovering himself. Like a ghost-writer on his own autobiography, the former frontman of Americana group Trees Leave approaches these songs as an outsider to his own stories. Going back to the beginning has left the fiddler/singer evaluating where he came from and trying to recognize who he has become. During his performances, the haunting, intimate songs juxtaposed with the hilarious stories that he shares in the banter between them create a beautiful tension. It may not always be clear who Wyatt is addressing in his songs, but maybe this line from the last verse from the last song on the new record “The Last Leaf” can give some insight: “It won’t phase me if you never hear these words. See, I wrote them down for me, a way to measure up my worth.” The listener will be glad that he chose not only to write them down, but to share them with us all.