Interview with Liz Brasher "Music Expresses Human Emotions Everyone Goes Through..."
How important and special was it to you to be named an artist to watch by Rolling Stone? It was a pretty big deal..
What impact do you feel you music has on this chaotic world of ours?
I think it unites people. At the core, music expresses human emotions everyone goes through, regardless of class race etc.
You just put out your debut EP, Outcast. How did you know when you had the right songs? What is your secret sauce to writing a hit?
I just write from a real place. In response to things I’m going through or things I’m observing. I don’t really know if there is a secret sauce but I know that the more I write the more likely my chances are of writing a good song, so really I just write all the time. The songs on Outcast were really just meant to be demos. I write a lot and have a lot of songs that may never see the light of day, so we recorded those and thought they’d be good enough to release.
Are there any songs that didn’t make the album that you now wish you included? There are plenty of songs for future albums coming soon!
As we recommend Outcast to our readers which song would you suggest they listen to first?
I think they should listen to "Outcast." It’s an anthem everyone can relate to & it just rocks.
Your tour is bringing you back to Nashville to play City Winery, May 30. What do you like to do when you come to Nashville? I like to hang out with my manager Shilah Morrow, because she seems to always know the best eats and best people to go out with! Hitting the records stores and guitar shops is also a favorite. I usually try to make it to Arnold’s for food too.
What should we expect from you at City Winery?
You should expect a good night.
What makes Memphis special to you?
Memphis to me is the source of all American roots music and groove. There’s something resilient and different about Memphis. To me it’s also the land of new electricity in music this country has been missing.
How has Memphis influenced your music?
Memphis has never conceded to what the majority wanted. Musically it’s always done it’s own thing and in so doing created new genres and new worlds the rest of the country and other continents ate up. Memphis reminds me to do what I think sounds good and feels good, and to always start with a groove.
What are some of your favorite Memphis restaurants?
Gus’s, Soul Fish, Ernestine & Hazel’s for a late night Soul Burger, Aldo’s for pizza, DeJaVu for Cajun, Gibson’s for donuts, Top’s BBQ for a good burger, Central BBQ for good pulled pork, McEwen’s for steak, Agave Maria for really good Paloma’s.
What is your idea of comfort food?
My idea of comfort food is warm hearty eats. Usually too many carbs and fresh ingredients
If someone is coming to Memphis for the first time, where do you take them?
I take them to the Mississippi River, always. It’s important for me to show people who’ve never been to Memphis why the city was built where it was and how close we are to something so large, powerful and dangerous. Next I take them to Sun Studio & the Stax Museum.
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken!! I don’t even think I need to explain why