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Louise Mosrie: Bio

Rocky Mtn. Folks Festival Showcase Artist 2012  

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist

2011 "Voted Most Wanted to Return"

Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest 2011 runner-up

Wildflower! Festival Performing Songwriter Contest 2010 Winner

Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Competition 2009 Winner


Louise’s British parents emigrated to the U.S. in the 1960’s for work finally settling on a farm on fifty acres in middle Tennessee. Born in Delaware and moving to the South as a child, she had trouble reconciling the two cultures around her - shunning all things Southern - disliking the accent, the food and the slow sleepy ways of doing things in her small rural town.


Louise began writing pop/folk songs in her early 20s while living in Knoxville after college, producing two independent albums before moving to Nashville in 2004 to work on her song-craft. There, she made friends and contacts in the Americana and bluegrass side of Nashville, playing rounds and writing with artists like Donna Ulisse & Rick Stanley, Diana Jones and producer Ray Kennedy. Ironically, the melodies and imagery that emerged most strongly in her writing after 2004 came straight from the southern culture she once dismissed. Influenced by artists such as Nanci Griffith, Allison Kraus and Lucinda Williams, her songs tell stories of joy, love, struggle and heartbreak through the vivid characters and scenery of southern life.


"Home" - #11 Album of the Year - Folk DJ Charts 2010

"Home" - #1 Song & #1 Album - Folk DJ Charts January 2010

“Home” – the new album from Nashville artist, Louise Mosrie (pronounced "MAHZ-ree"), creates a world of lush detail and wide-open emotion drawing on the sensual imagery of the Deep South.

Louise’s original songs on “Home” combine Americana, bluegrass and folk melodies and stories in ways that are fresh and charming with a warm vocal delivery and tasteful musical arrangements. From the title track that paints sweet moving pictures of home to the painful history of West Virginia coal miners in “Battle of Blair Mountain” to the quiet redemption of “Sweet Relief”, the songs are filled with deep feeling and uncommon descriptions.

 

Produced by Jon Young and Louise Mosrie at Sonic Sculpture Studios in West Nashville, her self-penned songs are supported by the excellent musicianship of some of Nashville’s finest players. Byron House on bass (Sam Bush, Kathy Mattea), Scott Neubert on guitar/dobro/mandolin/lap steel/banjo (Irene Kelley, Hal Ketchum, Donna Ulisse), Matt Combs on fiddle (Ray Price, Marty Stuart, Elizabeth Cook), Steve Cirkvencic on electric guitar (Jeffrey Steele) and Tom Ball on harmonica.

Early praise for the new CD, “Home”: "...a rare work of sweet-sounding art" - Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times, Maryville, TN

“The songwriting is really strong, the production is great and your voice quite beautiful. The more important thing to me, though, is that the songs are truly convincing.” – Lauryn Shapter, KRUU-FM

“Excellent, great songs and your singing is really good and soulful.” – Lloyd Maines, Grammy award-winning producer, musician and songwriter

 

Some of the venues played:

Kerrville Folk Festival

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Wildflower Folk Festival

Dogwood Arts Festival

Bluebird Cafe

Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse

Club Passim

WFMT Folkstage Chicago

The Evening Muse

The Down Home

Douglas Corner

Moonlight on the Mountain

 

Shared the bill/opener for:

Joe Ely

Steve Earle

Jonatha Brooke

Allison Moorer

Cliff Eberhardt

Greg Trooper

Malcom Holcomb

Diana Jones

Mindy Smith

Terri Hendrix