Lyn Avenue, the husband and wife duo of CC Witt and Patrick Ellington, play Country/Americana with a focus on atmospheric electric guitar, cheerfully twangy vocals, and relatable storytelling. Their latest EP, “Sophisticated,” was released in April and is Lyn Avenue’s most rewarding work yet.
“I feel like the songwriting, in general, reached a maturity,” said Ellington of their latest EP. “A lot of the songs were autobiographical, whether they were literal or not, like ‘Hurricane Bride’ is super autobiographical, it actually happened to us, so we sort of archive our life events...It spells out our life for the past two or three years.”
Recorded with producer Peter Mavrogeorgis at Low Watt Studios on vintage equipment, Lyn Avenue’s overall sound has evolved as well, leaning away from the pop-country of their early work and establishing a warmer, classic country vibe, while still maintaining their own unique southern charm.
“We always evolve as players or as vocalists,” said Ellington, “and it’s definitely come to a point where we’re really confident and...”
“Really defining our sound,” Witt continued.
“We did some things that are out of the box,” Ellington explained. “We did some experimental things...”
“Like in ‘I’ll Be Your Umbrella’ I’m playing kazoo,” Witt added with a laugh.
“We played with all kinds of different guitar sounds and methods where we were like this isn’t necessarily ‘Country’ country sounding, but put in the right context it’s really interesting and textural.”
“We try not to be put in a box by genre,” Witt added. “Obviously, our heart is country music, and what you would say is Americana, as well, but first and foremost we’re songwriters and just want to write a good song.”
“Because we’re independent, as far as marketing, we don’t have to say just one thing on an album,” said Ellington. “I feel like there was a really great diversity, the types of songs on this last album. I think that’s a good thing, that we were able to try out things that were outside of the box.”
Since “Sophisticated” was released during a pandemic, Lyn Avenue have not been able to support it with a tour, but with states slowly opening up, they are finally able to start gigging again.
“We had about forty shows on the books and were still going to be adding more, but all of that took a backseat,” said Witt.
Lyn Avenue recently wrapped up a short run in Texas, which helped scratch the live performance itch.
“It was really rewarding because we hadn’t played live in so many months,” said Ellington. “It was worth the drive just to go out there and do a few shows. We had a great time.”
Besides being the second act to perform on Tybee Post Theater’s Quarantine Concert series, Lyn Avenue also put together a Facebook Live series called “Six String Sippin” that ran through April. The duo enjoyed the format so much, they may bring it back for the holidays.
“It wasn’t just us asking for tips playing songs,” said Witt. “It was more about us being able to interact with fans, then we’d play a few songs, and talk about what we’d been drinking that night.”
The couple also appreciated the convenience of being able to perform from their living room, where they could play for fans and then be home already when it was over.
“One of the last episodes, our drummer surprised us and rang the doorbell during the middle of the show,” said Witt. “We were kind of scared...”
“We thought is was the cops banging on the door,” Ellington added with a laugh. “It was live on Facebook...”
“At that point we ended up playing an extra thirty minutes and you could tell we were all getting a little bit tipsy at the end there,” Witt continued.
Savannah is in the early stages of allowing live music, so Lyn Avenue are starting to book local shows again. There is an, as of yet, unconfirmed show at Starland Yard on June 24 followed by a rescheduled performance at Collin’s Quarter in Forsyth Park on June 28.
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