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Charlotte Le Lievre

Described by Dave Ruby Howe from Triple J as 'authentic and tear-soaked alt-country', songwriter Charlotte Le Lievre is renowned for moving audiences with her deeply emotive lyrics and live performances. Drawing on the diverse currents of country music, Le Lievre weaves songs that traverse experiences of grief and outback landscapes. Her voice and songs are equal parts heart wrenching and uplifting, hailing from a vintage era of smoke-filled honky tonk bars or late-night fireside jam sessions. Le Lievre’s debut single "If I'd looked with my heart" was released on 9 September 2022 to widespread acclaim and radio play, including on ABC country, PBS, Triple R, 4ZZZ, 2SER and FBI radio. The track was listed in PBS radio’s top ten feature tracks for the week commencing 20 September 2022 and on the best of 2022 playlist for revered Americana radio shows such as 'Swinging doors' on PBS and 'Crack of Sparrows' on 4ZZZ. Le Lievre's debut album Songs from the Barrier Line was released on 10 March 2023. The record debuted at #4 on the ARIA Australian Country Album Charts and #30 on the ARIA Country Album Charts. The record also debuted at #3 of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association 100% Independent Album Charts and at #5 on the Independent Label Album Charts.  Le Lievre is an adept songwriter, with a knack for writing emotionally driven songs based on both her own experiences and historical perspectives. She was listed as a finalist in both the 2021 Darebin Songwriters Award and the 2022 Upstart Songwriters Award and a semi-finalist in the Americana category of the International Songwriting Competition.

RELEASE details - SONGS FROM THE BARRIER LINE

Charlotte Le Lievre hits hard with the release of her immensely personal and deeply moving debut album Songs from the Barrier Line, released on Friday 10 March 2023. The body of 10 original songs take listeners on a journey, as Le Lievre grapples with the existential nature of death and dying, the processing of grief and the healing nature of connection to the unique outback town of Broken Hill, where Le Lievre spent significant time living and creating. 

The record gives a powerful nod to both classic country and folk traditions, showcasing Le Lievre’s genre-defiant style. The arrangements of the songs draw upon the diverse currents of country music to create sonic mountains and valleys that mirror the outback landscapes of Le Lievre’s mind. 

The opening track Barrier line drips with honky tonk spirit. Written on a verandah in Broken Hill, the song uses the allegory of a railway worker to chronicle the initial isolation Le Lievre experienced after moving to the mining town in 2015. Then there’s the driving bluegrass union ballad We'll hold the line, which is an ode to the rebel women of Broken Hill and their significant contribution to the union movement. Side A closes out with the lilting and ethereal Creekbed. Based upon a poem by Willa Cather, the track digs deep into Le Lievre’s personal philosophy on death and the wholeness of life. Flip the record over to Side B and listeners are met with the uplifting 6/8 country-soul track If I'd looked with my heart, which speaks of nurturing love amidst grief. Finally, the record closes out with the Carter family inspired gospel song Vigil by your bed and the atmospheric and heart wrenching Ridin free til’ the end of time, which Le Lievre wrote in tribute to her mum Julie, who passed away from uterine cancer in 2019. 

Through her raw and honest emotional outpouring, Le Lievre carves space for authentic connection with her audience via the shared experience of grief. Le Lievre says “I took a long break from music during the final year of mum’s life. My grief led me back to songwriting and I’m profoundly grateful to have found a space to process the immensity of losing someone so special. Grief is a universal experience but something that is frequently shied away from in our society. In writing this album, I wanted to create space for listeners to connect with their own personal stories of grief and country music is the perfect vehicle”. 

The record was recorded live to tape by engineer Alex Bennett at the analogue studio Sounds Recordings near Castlemaine in the depths of winter 2022. This format was chosen in order to capture both an authentic and raw country sound and the emotional vulnerability Le Lievre has invested in these songs. The record was produced by Le Lievre in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist and old-time player Jas Bell and old-time fiddler Grace Bigby, who both also played on the record. The album also features Patrick Wilson on drums, Patrick Pheasant on double Bass and backing vocals, Luke Byrnes on electric guitar, Grace Turner on backing vocals and Elwood Sze on banjo. The record was mixed by Alex Bennett, Jas Bell and Le Lievre and mastered by Adam Dempsey. Le Lievre received a grant from Creative Victoria to record, mix and master the record. 

Songs from the Barrier line was released on Friday 10 March 2023 and is available for on Vinyl, CD and digital download at: https://charlottelelievre.bandcamp.com/album/songs-from-the-barrier-line 

It is also available on streaming platforms at: 
https://gyro.to/SongsfromtheBarrierLine

To celebrate the release of the record, you can catch Charlotte and her band at one of the following shows:

+ Melbourne Vinyl Launch Show - Thursday 11 May @ Shotkickers, Naarm w/ support from Hana & Jessie-Lee (duo) and the Brakes

 https://events.humanitix.com/charlotte-le-lievre-vinyl-launch-show

+ Castlemaine Vinyl Launch Show - Saturday 13 May 2023 @ the Diggers Store in Campbell's Creek w/ support from Jess Parker

https://www.trybooking.com/CGWHO
 

Reviews

"Authentic and tear-soaked alt-country stuff"

        - Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J

"Charlotte Le Lievre exemplifies the best of country music, sharing human stories with heart, honesty and feeling" 

          -  Les Thomas, Unpaved

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