By Dave Carew
Louise Mosrie is a gifted, award-winning folk / Americana singer-songwriter who was a Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Showcase Artist in 2012. Louise’s album Home was #11 on the Folk DJ “Album of the Year” charts in 2010, and the album and single “Home” hit the #1 position in January of that year.
Last month, I, along with my uncle and his wife, were lucky enough to catch Louise’s wonderful writers’ night at the Bluebird Café. I was so struck by Louise’s performance that I requested an interview. She graciously consented, and here’s how our conversation went:
UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why did you feel compelled to become a singer-songwriter?
LOUISE MOSRIE: I wanted to be a singer from the minute I knew what singing was . . . I mean, from when I was in the crib. I was also a rather introverted type of kid and wrote poetry. Years later, I combined the two things and started writing songs. After I wrote my first song (which really sucked, by the way), I was hooked. It’s been a passion ever since. My goal is to write songs that give you goosebumps or make you cry or both.
UN: If you had the length of an elevator ride to tell Underground Nashville‘s readers what is distinctive about your music—and why they might be enriched by it—what would you say?
LM: My songs are simple, honest, and usually convey a sense of place—very visual and sensory. I write about topics that are atypical and songs that have layers of meaning, very purposefully. Many of my songs are set in a historical context and that seems to attract some listeners who are history buffs. But what other people get from it is their business because it’s different for everyone.
UN: Where do you hope your music takes you in the next two years, and why?
LM: I would simply like to keep writing and making records and touring. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. If I can make it work in whatever capacity—either as an indie artist or on a label, it makes no difference to me. I just want to keep going. Nowadays it seems like you need lots of outlets to make it all come together . . . TV/film placements, publishing, touring, and downloading/CD/merch sales.
I am working on a new record—hopefully will be doing some fundraising and start production in the next few months. In November, I’m touring in NY with two gigs in New York City, one of which is opening for folk legend Cliff Eberhardt at the historic Gaslight Café, which is exciting for me!
For more information, please visit LouiseMosrie.com.
David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.
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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”