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JPR Live Session: Lydia Luce

The Nashville singer/songwriter and violist joined to share a few songs from her lush new album called Dark River.

Lydia Luce's last 18-months have been full of the typical stresses faced by musicians in a pandemic and then some. Last year, her home was also in the direct line of a tornado that ripped through Nashville, leaving carnage not only in her neighborhood, but in the exact spot she had been sitting just moments before.

Luce started out as a pianist, but migrated to violin and eventually viola by high school. She followed that route all the way to a Masters degree in viola performance from UCLA. Though not the most useful primary instrument for a budding singer/songwriter career, Luce has also become proficient on guitar, and lets her string background color the lush orchestral arrangements on the new album Dark River.

During our session, she played a few tunes from the new album, and talked about how her extensive experience adding string parts to albums of others has helped her develop her own unique sound.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.