SHORT BIO: The LYNNeS are Juno award winning songwriter Lynn Miles and award-winning songwriter Lynne Hanson. The two Canadian heartbreak poets are multi-instrumentalists (piano, acoustic, electric guitar, mandolin), fusing tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics. Individually they have toured North America and Europe, and their debut album Heartbreak Song For The Radio will be released in 2018.
BIO: Heartbreak Song For The Radio
I took your words
Stumbled strummed and hummed along
Hammered till they spelled out
The world’s saddest broken hearted song
- Heartbreak Song For The Radio – The LYNNeS
The LYNNeS are Canadian heartbreak poets Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson. The two songwriters are not new to working together, having toured and written songs off and on over the past 10 years, and with Miles having produced two of Hanson's albums (River of Sand, 2014 and 7 Deadly Spins, 2015). For THE LYNNeS songs are what matter the most, and their debut album “Heartbreak Song For The Radio” pairs hauntingly gritty lyrics with tight vocal harmonies.
The duo adopted an old school approach to recording their album, choosing to record to tape and recording all the bed tracks and many of the vocal and acoustic guitar parts live off the floor at Little Bullhorn Studio. Tracks like “Don't Look Down” and “Dark Waltz” showcase the unmistakable touch of Juno-award winning guitarist Kevin Breit (Norah Jones, KD Lang, Rosanne Cash). The infectious “Recipe for Disaster” highlights the songwriting duo's knack to craft a catchy melody and memorable lyrics, while the radio-friendly title track “Heartbreak For The Radio” begs for the listener to hit repeat. The athletic groove of the funky “Halfway To Happy” is a brilliant counterweight to the airy “Blue Tattoo,” which would not be out of place on a Fleetwood Mac album.
Each song on the album is a co-write, producing a truly collaborative effort, drawing on the strengths two Lynn(e), to create a sum greater than two individual parts.
I'm tired of falling for cowboys in the dark
I'm tired of giving away my heart
Of walking a line that's always shifting
Being the hero and doing all the heavy lifting
- Heavy Lifting – The LYNNeS
The two witty songwriters play off each other live, often leaving the audience howling with laughter with their between-song-banter. Miles has a slight edge in the humour department. Not surprising given Hanson’s burden of a lifetime of carrying the weight of a superfluous E. In addition to their beautiful harmonies, the two are skilled multi-instrumental musicians (acoustic and electric guitars, piano, harmonica, mandolin, percussion).
Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters, with fourteen albums to her credit, the winner of four Canadian Folk Music awards (including 2011 English Songwriter of the Year), and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year. Her song “Black Flowers” appeared on Claire Lynch’s Grammy nominated album “North By South.” “Lynn Miles makes being forlorn feel like a state of grace” - John Pareles, NY Times
Lynne Hanson has been playing her brand of “porch music with a little red dirt” for the past 10 years, has released 6 albums, won the Colleen Peterson Award for songwriting, and been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award. “Lynne seems headed for that record territory inhabited by seasoned songwriters such as Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Gauthier and Lucinda Williams” - Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs
Stage Plot: DUO
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"[the album] has the kind of spacious, rolling thunder restlessness Bob Dylan attained with Daniel Lanois all those years ago. It’s that good." - Jeff Monk | Winnipeg Free Press 5 stars
"Individually, both Lynnes are formidable forces in contemporary country, together they just might be unstoppable." - Mike Davies | folking.com (UK)
"An embarrassment of airplay riches dwell within one of this young year’s earliest “Best Of” contenders".- Duane Verh | Roots Music Report 5 stars
"One of the front runners for Americana album of the year. A massively accomplished result. I cannot praise this record enough. It is pretty eyebrow raising." - Simon Redley | Music Republic Magazine 5 stars
"With clever lyrics, superb harmonies and high quality backing musicians, this debut album is an absolute joy from first track to last" - Rory Stanbridge | FATEA Magazine (UK)
“The songs have a commercial edge, the vocals hit the target, sweet harmonies, very entertaining – enjoy.” - Paul Riley | Country Music People 4½ stars
"Heartbreak Song for the Radio is stellar ... Beautiful stuff, this. Seek it." - Donald Teplyske | Fervor Coulee
"[The Lynnes] firmly stake out their territory as contenders to be taken seriously going forward." - Rod Nicholson | Scene Magazine
“A bunch of powerful songs, two exceptional and complementary voices, some interesting twists on the arrangements (including a bit of electric twang and some haunting ebow effects) and a great rapport with the audience between songs. Stack all of that up and you have a pretty memorable night.” - Allan McKay, MusicRiot (UK) full review
“Across the pair of sets, which ran the show time close to a couple of hours, there was an unbroken string of outstanding songs filling the venue with an air of mutual affirmation. In protracting the wares of The LYNNeS with such a large degree of panache, Lynne Hanson and Lynn Miles have created a mini entity that brims with high quality. Beauty can advance from different angles and tonight it emerged starkly to seal an unblemished parade of live music.” - Three Chords and the Truth (UK) full review
“Songwriter duo “The Lynnes” thrill fans at the Industrial Museum ... From the beginning, the two congenial musicians, who acted partly solo, partly as a duo, succeeded in spellbinding the audience.” - translated from Elmshorner Nachrichten article (in German)
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