ivy-meissner-platinumIvy Meissner is a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, NY who freelances as a photographer, but based on the music from her stunning debut, Platinum Blues, you’d been pressed to think she’s from either Memphis or Nashville, Tennessee.

Rich with soul and grace, Meissner’s voice is affecting with her maverick-like resilience on the title-track opener. Her charisma extends to her cheeky lyrics (“I get referred to the tax-man / he’s a part-time priest who solves all my problems for a small fee), imbuing Southern sass. Like her contemporaries and influences (Sharon van Etten, Neko Case, and Jenny Lewis), she borrows the oaky twang of country and fuses it with her jubilant variation of rock. Adorned with the warm and brassy flourishes from her backing band, its a winner at the county fair.

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