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Friday night was something of a homecoming for Downingtown native, Liz Longley. The singer-songwriter has been cutting her chops down in Nashville for the past few years after splitting her time between the Philadelphia area, and her alma mater, Berklee College of music. She’s currently on tour supporting her self-titled label debut which was just released last week.
The record features a mixture of songs that she’s been writing over the past five years or more, and songs that she’s just written in recent months. That’s exactly what her show consisted of, as well.
This was the first performance I’ve seen of hers that featured a full live band, and the accompanying guitar, bass, and drums give her stage presence a new energy. She’s one of those performers who seems most comfortable on stage, and though she often delves into personal anecdotes about each song, she never seems to be anxious or uneasy, even when performing in front of a crowd that consists of so many friends and family members.
Ardmore Music Hall was truly the perfect venue for a hometown show like this. The venue turned into a true listening room for the evening, and though just about everyone came out to see their hometown girl, supporting act Brian Wright had the audience’s full attention from the get go. His set, though abbreviated to only about 25 minutes, was nothing short of extraordinary. The Nashville based singer-songwriter reminded me very much of The White Buffalo. I spoke to him afterwards and as it turns out, they’re actually good friends. Knew it.