Leandra Peak has long been a favorite as half of the Minneapolis-based folk duo Neal & Leandra (with husband Neal Hagberg). Now she steps out front with her first solo recording, The Honeysuckle Vine: Lullabies for Everybody.
Lullabies have been a musical thread throughout Leandra’s life. She remembers her mother singing to her when she was young in Kentucky. She brings that same quiet intimacy to this beautiful collection of lullabies.
She says: “This CD is in response to the people who have told me how relaxing they find my singing. I’m never quite sure how to take it, but it seemed like a lullaby album would be a natural way to go. This is my offering to any of you who might need a break — or a nap. Because everybody needs a lullaby.”
The Honeysuckle Vine features six beautiful originals by Neal Hagberg. Covers include “Kentucky Babe” and “Now the Day Is Over” — songs Leandra’s mom sang to her. “Stay Awake,” is from Mary Poppins, and Leandra chose the Mancini/Mercer classic “Moon River” because she liked the idea of singer and listener being “two drifters, off to see the world.”
Joining Leandra are many top Twin Cities musicians: Jeff Victor, Peter Ostroushko, Dan Schwartz, Gordon Johnson, Dave Jensen, Karen Mueller, Jacqueline Ultan, Dan Chouinard, and Neal Hagberg.