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With a crowd that maybe topped 35, we caught Ferraby Lionheart's appearance last night in the intimate back room of the Tangier Lounge.

Your proverbial tall drink of water, Ferraby is lean to the point of looking emaciated – someone feed this man! Yet, apparent malnourishment hasn't stopped the Nashville-raised, LA-based musician from making stirring folksy pop that should resonate with anyone who's ever had a love to ponder, which is just about everyone. With a beguiling quiver that recalls Elliott Smith (and a bit of Tom Petty when it soars), Ferraby sings soft songs to the accompaniment of his own piano, guitar and harmonica playing. Last night’s show featured Ferraby's full band, which includes a drummer, a girl on upright bass and a guy on the steel pedal (which we absolutely adore).


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And he's got a sense of humor to boot. "This is the part in the show where you sit quietly while I play another number," he deadpanned about halfway through his set.

We’re always a little wary (okay, a lot) when the gang of bloggers decides to mint an indie darling, but Ferraby definitely deserves the hype. At least in these early stages. You'll likely hear a lot more from this lanky folkie. Just don't forget to, um, feed the lion if you see him.

Text by Phat X. Chiem, Photos by Wathana Lim for LAist

Ferraby Lionheart's artist debut, Catch the Brass Ring, is out on Nettwerk Records on Sept. 4. More info