By Ashley Cosgriff
If you like fun, high energy, girl-powered bluegrass music, you will like Heather Lingle. This Austin, Texas indie cowgirl has an impressive set of vocal chords and vocal range. She and her band played right downtown at Wild Joe’s Coffee Spot on 18 West Main Street on Saturday, February 7th.
Lingle sang vocals and played the rhythm acoustic guitar, and was accompanied by the incredible talent of Mark Iwaniak on electric guitar, special guest Clint Dack on bluegrass banjo, and Michael McDaniel on djembe drum & tambourine. Together they created a wonderfully colorful combination of southern country and twangy bluegrass music in a diverse range of songs. Lingle’s slower numbers will remind you of the ‘Good Ole’ Days’; simple and happy, and her faster tunes are catchy and upbeat; you will want to get up and dance. She played a variation of well executed cover songs, such as Patsy Cline’s “Mama, Rock Me” & Dolly Parton’s, “Jolene”, intermingled with some of her own originals, like “Whiskey for Breakfast” and “Last Call on Love”, which reached # 31 on the New Music Weekly National Country chart in 2012. We were also lucky to hear a song from her new, unreleased album, Welcome to Blue Town. Heather’s first album, Coyote Beauty, is critically acclaimed and is available for free download for limited time on her website at www.heatherlingle.com. More big news, and good luck for us, Heather Lingle new album, Welcome to Blue Town, is due to come out this February 14th. Be sure to get yourself a copy! And don’t miss her next live performance at the Norris Hot Springs on Saturday, February 28th.
Heather Lingle has a powerful voice, great energy, and is a true performer with passion that can be heard in every lyric she sings. She has a vision and style that is entertaining and fun for the audience to be a part of. It is always more enjoyable to watch an artist who truly loves what they do! Once you listen to Heather Lingle, you’ll want to go home and buy her album—I know I did.