Raised in the South on a steady diet of blues, pop and soul, Liz Brasher nails it with her soulful vocals and seriously unique spin on classic American music. Although she is coming out with her debut EP, Brasher is already making some serious waves in the music scene. CULTURE caught up with her to ask a few questions about her brand new music career and the healing qualities of cannabis.
How did you get started making music?
I’ve been making up my own songs since the time I could talk. I used to jump all around my parents’ bed with a wooden spoon from the kitchen pretending it was a microphone and putting words and melodies together. I wrote some songs on the piano in high school when I was going through your typical teen angst. I finally started playing guitar about four years ago, and that’s when songs really began to flow.
Who are some of your biggest influences, and how would you describe your sound?
My biggest influences are The Staple Singers, Bob Dylan, Mahalia Jackson, The Kinks and Bobbie Gentry, to name a few. I’d describe my sound as soul garage rock.
What do you have in the works as far as writing, recording or touring that you want to announce?
I’m currently out on the road on a two-month tour with Red Wanting Blue, coast to coast. I’ll be playing at AMERICANAFEST® this September. I’ll also be opening for The Zombies on a West Coast run in September, and I’ll be playing a big festival in October. My debut full-length album will also release at the end of this year.
Have you ever worked cannabis into your music as a theme?
Nope, never as a specific theme.
Do you use cannabis? If so, how has it affected your life or creative process?
Unfortunately I live in a state where it’s still illegal. When I’m on the West Coast, however, I take advantage of the laws with edibles. I get extremely car sick traveling and cannabis helps to alleviate that by getting rid of the nausea without keeping me overly drowsy, like Dramamine. I’m also a person who’s always had too much energy and can’t stop working or shut my brain off to rest. It’s hard for me to relax, and cannabis helps to do that, which in turn helps me create better.
How do you feel about legalization so far? What could be done differently or better?
world should legalize cannabis. It’s so stupid to me. Why are we making a natural substance illegal?! Why would we not be legalizing a natural product that stops cancer growth to treat cancer patients?! Why is it not legal to use a safe substance to treat pain, insomnia, nausea, many other ailments?! Pharmaceutical companies and the politicians that back them disgust me. Our law enforcement wastes time and money by going after the wrong people, and in turn innocent people waste away in jails over something so ridiculous because of its illegality.
If you smoke, what is your favorite strain or cannabis product?
I actually don’t smoke. I’m pretty big on trying to keep my lungs clear, so I use edibles.
Band Name: Liz Brasher
Genre: Soul garage rock
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Most Recent Album: Outcast