Austin Chronicle

Cordy Lavery

Cordless (Flak Records)

Texas Platters

Utley3's two full-lengths, No More, No Less (2013) and While You're Down There (2015), bridged power-pop and singer-songwriter balladry. The balance tips toward the latter with leader Cordy Lavery's first, Cris Burns-produced solo disc. Lavery calls Cordless "tearjerkers and breakup songs," its download including Kleenex. Catch-in-throat Appalachian opener "You Won't Be Coming Back" and midset folk fist "Go" work out serious romantic angst. Along the way, her fingerpicked guitar and vulnerable alto are accompanied by mandolin ("In the Arms"), fiddle ("Love Will Find You"), and culminate with the downright desolate "What's Wrong With Us." Betty Elders' "Long Bed From Kenya" receives an authoritative reading, and "Eartha Kitty" provides light at the end of the tunnel. Aching and beautiful, Cordless cuts deep.


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Well then.

  Woo hoo! "Cordless" made the list of 2018's Top Selling Texas LP's in Texas Record Stores. A big thank you is in order to Antone's Record Shop for their above and beyond support of independent artists. It's also the coolest place to spend a rainy day or Sunday afternoon. And if you don't already have a copy of "Cordless", what are you waiting for?

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Big thanks to the Texas Music Office (especially Steve Ray) for placing value on the music created here with their support. 

The Tree Remembers...With the Kavanaugh hearings, I saw so many inspirational posts, most of them heartbreaking and empowering at the same time. Someone posted the African proverb “The axe forgets, the tree remembers”,  a Zimbabwean proverb from the Shona tribe, meaning that a person who harms another or borrows from someone will often forget, but the person who is harmed or borrowed from will always remember. I was out and about and this song formed in my head, so I hurried home, wrote and recorded it here:

The lyrics are also posted on YouTube.



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"The Tree Remembers" - finally started recording, once again at Ameripolitan Studio with Cris Burns working his magic. - the acoustic guitar tracks and the wonderful and brilliant Alice Evans added some beautiful piano and organ. When it's finished and released, the proceeds will be going to RAINN, the National Sexual Assault Network, founded by Tori Amos.

Always use your superpowers for good.