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 Lamb & Meyer

 Lamb & Meyer

 Lamb & Meyer

Both members of Lamb & Meyer are highly accomplished musicians with varied backgrounds and independent schedules - how often do both members meet/get together to create, perform, etc?

As often as we can. We're both touring artists from different geographical areas, so it can be a challenge. However, while working on this project we've made every effort to collaborate as often as possible. We take turns flying to the other's state, and we'll set up writing sessions, hang out, and work on the project for days or weeks at a time as our schedules allow.

How did this teaming of talent come about?

We met while performing with other artists and musicians in LA and ended up playing some gigs together there. We were talking at breakfast after a gig one night and realized many of our music goals were the same. So we started hiring each other for our own artist gigs in both LA and Portland. Producer, John Henry, heard us together in LA and decided it would be a great collaboration of our talents to produce us as a team. He helped us go through the process of discovering the Lamb & Meyer sound.

What is more challenging: performing for an audience or working in the studio?

The audience is easier for both of us because it's all about energy, giving 110%, and getting people going, which comes pretty naturally to both of us. The studio is more like a science project sometimes because it takes more planning and detail. We need just as much energy for the studio but it's more focused and controlled. Often we get our best sound when we don't over think it.

What was the first song you can remember hearing as a child that was pivotal?

Patsy: No one pivotal song for me, but in 6th grade I started really listening to my parent's records like: The Funny Girl Soundtrack, The Best of Bossa Nova Pops, and The Nutcracker. I used to pantomime (with feeling) to Streisand and dance around like a sugar plum fairy to the Nutcracker.

Patrick: I don't really remember a pivotal song, but I remember at my earliest age hearing Phoebe Snow and Frank Zappa and Ray Charles. Phoebe Snow's voice was so unique and I was so young that it was a very impressionable memory. My dad played in tonks in Mississippi and had a wide variety of material that he listened to.

Is there a song you wish you would've written?

Patsy: Too hard to choose, but "Get Here" by Brenda Russell. That song touched me because I was singing it during the Gulf war. It's just about missing someone so much and not being able to be together at that moment. Also "Lately" or any song by Stevie Wonder. I think about the many great standards that stand the test of time and keep getting recorded over and over. I wanna write one of those!

Patrick: Oh so many. I'm really fond of Quincy Jones and songs like "One Hundred Ways" and "Just Once." Songs like that, but I'm also into Coltrane and Stan Getz and and a lot of straight ahead material. George Clinton. Earth Wind and Fire.

Finish this sentence: I can't go a day without?

We both said COFFEE (Check out the song on our CD)

After that it's working on music. Life is full of music one way or the other...performing, writing, touring, collaborating, etc, but it usually starts off with a good stout cup of coffee or two!

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