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LAist Interview with Brandi Shearer

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Catching Brandi Shearer's sultry voice live would be a great way to enjoy your holiday weekend. LAist caught her last show at Hotel Cafe and was humming her tunes and listening to her album for days. This time around, LAist had the opportunity to catch up with Brandi and get to know a little bit more about what makes her sounds so unique, what it's like being signed to Amoeba Records and how living in Eastern Europe for years affected her sound.

Brandi is making the rounds in Los Angeles this Saturday performing at both Amoeba Records at 2pm and at Tangeir at 9pm.

You¹ve come a long way since your early days growing up on a farm in rural Oregon. Is there anything you miss about living in a small town?

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Easy parking, for starters. Seeing the stars. Frogs.

You lived and traveled extensively in Europe while developing as a musician. How did those experiences shape your style of music and also your songwriting?

I was exposed to lots of music that I never heard in the States. Lots of
American jazz and blues that has really become part of the European musical
lexicon. I felt pretty embarrassed that a group of teenage Hungarians knew
more about the jazz age than I did.

Also, the element of homesickness often spurs you into producing material. I
think I wrote a song called, ³Lord Please Grant Me A Taco of Any Variety, I
Want One So Bad² but it really never made it passed the planning stages.
There¹s just no future in writing songs about tacos.

Most people who have traveled in Eastern Europe have had a few crazy
encounters or stories that you just never get tired of telling. Can you
share one of those with us now?

I would, but honestly, I¹m tired of telling it. All you need to know is
dancing bears, a dimly lit Cuban restaurant, and an AK-47.

You¹ve now signed with Amoeba Records and are one of the first two
artists they have upcoming releases with, along with Gram Parsons. How did
this relationship develop?

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One of those chance meetings that you hear about on ³Behind the Music² . . .
. underground nightclub, struggling singer, and the lucky and unlikely
attendance of a label owner.