“An ensemble of well-crafted, crowd-pleasing, dance-inducing toe-tappers that will find a home in your disc player for an extended stay…. an excellent project from start to finish.” - Lucky Boyd, Academy of Texas Music
“I’ve never heard anybody describe my songs as sweet or romantic” Texas born singer/songwriter Leyla Fences says when asked to describe her music. She hesitates before grinning and adding “but then again, no one’s ever called ME that either!”
Leyla Fences’ debut album Liars, Cheats & Fools, released July 1st, 2010 and sold exclusively at online retailers, had out-sold by August hundreds of other offerings to find itself as one of the top Honky Tonk albums at CDBaby.com. The album presents traditional country music fans 13 original tracks of dancing, drinking and cheating songs with Texas flavor, modern lyrics, professional production and sassy wit.
The music and lyrics for all 13 tracks on Liars, Cheats & Fools were written by the Dallas-born singer-songwriter, a “woman’s woman” whose fresh subject matter has been said to offer listeners a tongue-in-cheek view of male antics. The CD was recorded at Audio Dallas in Garland, Texas supported by professional musicians who have worked with recording artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Jack Ingram, Janie Fricke and Steve Holy. The CD was recorded and mixed by Matt Kennedy and Paul Osborn, whose experience includes recording and/or mixing more than 25 Gold and Platinum Records including 2009 Texas Music Award winner Jerry Audley’s Record of the Year Audley Enough. Mastering was completed by Randy Leroy of Final Stage Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee, whose most recent credits include Jamey Johnson’s upcoming double CD, “The Guitar Song” on Universal Music Nashville, Karan Casey & John Doyle’s “Exiles Return” on Compass Records, and Darryl Worley’s upcoming release, “God & Country” on Stroudavarious Records. The artwork for the CD was completed by Grammy-nominated graphic designer Jami Anderson of jamidesign.
With a steel guitar and fiddle on almost every song, the CD reminds listeners of country music of times past. “I found myself listening to today’s mainstream country and feeling two things,” says Leyla, “one, that it didn’t sound like country music anymore and two, that even though songs today might still portray everyday life, it’s mostly only the happy, picture-perfect parts. I sure wasn’t hearing songs that I could relate to based on what I was living at the time so I decided to write about those experiences – even though they didn’t all have fairytale endings.”
On Liars, Cheats & Fools not even the songwriter herself is immune to her say-it-like-it-is commentary. “I’ve never heard anybody describe my songs as sweet or romantic” Leyla says when asked to describe her music. She hesitates before grinning and adding “but then again, no one’s ever called ME that either!”
Lucky Boyd of the Academy of Texas Music completed an early review of the CD and has called the collection of tunes “an ensemble of well-crafted, crowd-pleasing, dance-inducing toe-tappers that will find a home in your disc player for an extended stay…. an excellent project from start to finish.”
When asked for her take on the CD, Kaye Wright of Kaye G. Wright Studios in Plano, Texas says “There are a lot of women who relate to these lyrics and, while they might not be able to find the words to say what they are feeling for themselves, they can trust Leyla’s songs to say it for them.” It appears that even though women might be Leyla’s biggest fans, they aren’t her only fans. “Anyone who likes good music and is partial to country is going to enjoy this album,” says Chip Butters, Owner & Chief Engineer, ButterSound, Seattle. Liars, Cheats & Fools is “a real nice mature sounding line between classic Nashville country & modern sonic production and lyrics” says Butters.
Leyla’s journey thus far has been anything but a straight line. Although she experienced a typical Texas upbringing in the sticks outside of Houston, as a middle-child born under the sign of the bull she was happiest when she was stirring things up so she took off from home early and set out to explore the world’s wider pastures.
Her zigzag took her around the world from high-falutin' graduate degrees and culinary studies in the U.S to language studies across the pond and south of the border.
With her wanderlust somewhat satisfied, more than a couple of tequila-induced hangovers under her belt and the memories of several no-good lovers and their shenanigans fresh in mind, Leyla decided she'd had more formal and informal schooling than she'd ever need. She hocked most of her know-how and marbles in exchange for a shiny Takamine guitar and realized soon after that everything she was looking for could be created with 6 strings, 3 chords and a capo.
The CD release marks a huge step in the career of the talented performing songwriter. Ms. Fences currently resides in Argyle, Texas.
Fans who prefer to buy by phone can purchase the album from MyTexasMusic.com by calling 1-866-49-TEXAS . Readers are encouraged to visit Leyla’s website at www.leylafences.com where they can learn more about the up-and-coming artist and her performances, listen to song samples, view photos and sign up for the mailing list. Related links can be found on the CDBaby Main Artist Page.
Liars, Cheats & Fools
Music and Lyrics by Leyla Fences ©2010
Leyla Fences – Vocals
Milo Deering – Fiddle & Steel Guitar
Billy Freeman – Drums & Percussion
Kerry Huckaba – Bass
Jerry Matheny – Electric, Acoustic & Baritone Guitar
Brad Neher – Piano & Keyboards
Mitchell Smithey – Steel Guitar (Let Him Go & Dancing with You)
Abby Holmes – Background Vocals
Jami Anderson - Art Direction & Graphic Design
Trey Mitchell - Photography
Liliana Tovar - Hair & Makeup
Recorded by Matt Kennedy and Paul Osborn at Audio Dallas Recording Studio, Dallas, TX
Mastered by Randy Leroy at Final Stage Mastering, Nashville, TN