A HORSE NAMED YANKEE a low-fi compilation
From the big city to the end of the earth, Lydia's haunting melodies and stark naked truthfulness will captivate you. A Horse Named Yankee is a compilation of live, studio and home recordings, spanning from 1992-2003 revealing a life story that's seldom seen, and rarely heard in pop music. Powerful and sincere, Lydia Brownfield provides the missing X Factor.
LYDIA BROWNFIELD BIOGRAPHY
First was the eager and ambitious learning experience which was My Green VW Van and LSK in Columbus, Ohio while attending the Columbus College of Art and Design. Soon after she moved to Atlanta for a southern take on punk/folk/pop in a band called Yonder, out of which the more serious Long Flat Red evolved.
Long Flat Red hit upon the chemistry which made them one of Atlanta’s most successful bands and made Lydia one of the hottest starlets. Out of influences like PJ Harvey, Hole, Queen, Edith Piaf, Sinead O’Connor, Ani DeFranco, RadioHead and Ray Charles, they pounded out aggressive edgy rock wrapped in a French tickler of gossamer melodicism – for your pleasure. They played important venues such as The Star Community Bar, The Point, The Roxy, The Cotton Club, as well as a bunch of cesspools in Athens, Huntsville, Birmingham, Charlotte, Augusta, Memphis and Nashville. During this period Lydia not only led Long Flat Red but continued to play solo dates at places in and around Atlanta including the Variety Playhouse and Eddies Attic.
Solo dates were often played opening for the likes of Louden Wainwright III, The Indigo Girls, and Shawn Mullins, just to name a few.
Long Flat Red were offered a record deal by Ardent Records in Memphis. The crap money involved wouldn’t have bailed them out of jail for the homicides each member was about to attempt on the others. After the LFR breakup came the melancholy and introverted Lydia Brownfield Trio that boosted Lydia’s decision to move to New York.
In New York City she started the hopeful and experimental Early Girl. The time in New York City was tumultuous to say the least. She spent a lot of time writing and pondering her place in the music business.
Then the road led her back to her hometown. Demand for Lydia’s music has grown throughout the years fanning the flames of a career that has been smoldering for a decade. Armed with her new band, Lydia is revealing her music under a new light, more passionate and honest than ever before. With “A Horse Named Yankee” released in October of ‘08, Lydia will have an EP featuring the new song “Wanting’s for Sinners” in March and the full length “Stranger” to be released in the summer.
She plays regularly in Atlanta, New York, L.A., Boston and Columbus, Ohio.
"Powerful...singer Lydia Brownfield...will create a sound that is one of a kind."
“...one of the cities musical bright spots.”
“...the potential to get people excited about going out and hearing new local music again.”
Jeff Clark, Creative Loafing, Atlanta, GA.
“...this girl was powerful! Her voice, while somewhat reminiscent of Suzanne Vega’s, was much more powerful, and she could play the hell out of that guitar, too!”
Keeper Fishwrapper, Vol. 3 Issue 17
“...captivating, hook-driven pop.”
Palmer Wood, Highpoint Magazine