Addie Brownlee finds her Sea Legs...with a little help from Martha Wainwright...
Addie Brownlee was on a boat on the North Atlantic. “I walked on deck, and had to find my balance, my footing, and I thought, ‘this feels familiar’.” She started writing Sea Legs, the first single off her new EP, East of Leaving, released in anticipation of the full length album due out fall of 2010.
“I was at the time, and still am, a huge fan of Martha Wainwright, so some time later, when Martha sang with me on Sea Legs, it was a dream come true.”
Internationally touring singer/songwriter, Addie Brownlee, having shared the bill with the likes of Melissa Ferrick and others, releases her Americana tinged EP June 19th 2010.
Brownlee’s voice has been compared to singers like Dusty Springfield. “Even Dusty Springfield’s name evoked the sound of her voice. I love the comparison.” If Brownlee’s voice is of the dust, the earth, then her lyrics are a hard rain. Eroding the surface of things, exposing feelings that aren’t easily expressed or classified, but so familiar you’ll wonder why no one has ever written these songs before.
Born in Kansas, and raised there and in Tennessee, often Addie’s musical metaphors involve water, the ocean, “…which doesn’t make sense. I was land-locked! Another case of wanting what one doesn’t have, I guess. My mother’s mother longed for the sea. Maybe it’s in my blood.”
Music is definitely in her blood, growing up listening to her parents play guitars and sing Peter Paul and Mary and Simon and Garfunkel. She says that her family is a big influence on her and her songwriting.
“I’m certain my grandmother eventually found her sea legs. I think I’ve found mine too.”
East of Leaving is Addie Brownlee’s second album.