Lizzy Plotkin describes her songwriting as place-based. A fiddler, singer, and songwriter hailing from the vast alpine landscapes and eight-thousand-foot altitudes of Colorado’s Gunnison Valley, Lizzy makes music that springs from her own deep well of reverence for the natural world. Her years studying environmental science ground her music in a profound understanding of the relationship between humans and our environment. Her musical roots run deep, too. Lizzy was born in Nashville to a father (the late Stephen Plotkin) who played jazz, country, bluegrass, and swing, and whom she cites as her primary musical influence. Lizzy’s fiddling, singing, and songwriting display all of these varied influences – one moment a sweet Appalachian tune, the next a gritty blues melody. Her sound was honed over years of playing in bands with Colorado mountain musicians, teaching music, and co-founding the band Free the Honey. Now, Lizzy has synthesized a lifetime of music and experience into her debut solo album, We Will Sing.
Recorded at Swingfingers Studio in Ft. Collins, We Will Sing was produced by Lizzy herself. She brought on board a band of distinguished roots musicians including guitarist Eli West, banjoist Dusty Rider, mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Tyler Grant, and bassist Erin Youngberg! The songs on the album range from lighthearted, introspective folk tunes (“Catch This Train,” “We Will Sing”) to grooving, evocative instrumentals (“Sundown on the Sage”) to earthy a cappella blues hollers (“Home Stone”) and country/folk waltzes (“Lovin Arm” “Cochetopa”). On “Deep Woods Blues,” when Lizzy calls out “Hey deep woods, what do you know?/Found me again at the side of the road,” it’s both a playful exclamation and a genuine question – what wisdom can the wilderness impart when we’re struggling from the edge of it? Lizzy’s lyrics mine her life experiences for insight and humility, with vivid impressions of the natural world as their backdrop. Soulful and expressive, spiritual yet grounded, We Will Sing draws from the full spectrum of American roots music styles to create an organic and uplifting meditation on the human experience.
Lizzy has appeared live and recorded with acts ranging from Martha Scanlan, John Fulbright, Gypsy Jazz Social Club and Trout Steak Revival to electronic artist The Polish Ambassador (with whom she played at Red Rocks) to Woman Believer (members of Vulfpeck). Upon finding her way to Colorado’s thriving bluegrass/roots scene in 2010, she met her Free The Honey bandmates, with whom she toured across the American west from 2012 to 2016. She also currently performs with banjoist and bassist Natalie Spears. Driven by collaboration and mindful exploration, Lizzy Plotkin makes music that is nothing less than a balm for the soul.