August 06, 2012
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NORTH TEXAS RECORDING ARTIST LEYLA FENCES’ STRAIGHT-SHOOTING HONKY TONK CD “ITTY BITTY TWANG TWANG” MAKES ROOTS MUSIC REPORT'S TOP 10 TRUE COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART AND FREEFORM AMERICAN ROOTS TOP 10 CD CHART WITHIN DAYS OF PRE-RELEASE
August 6th, 2012 (Dallas, Texas) Leyla Fences, Texas born and bred singer, performing songwriter and recording artist has released to the public “itty bitty twang twang” her sophomore follow-up to her well-received 2010 Debut “Liars Cheats & Fools”. Within days of its pre-release the Traditional Honky Tonk album found itself charted in Roots Music Report’s Top 10 True Country Albums Chart and Freeform American Roots’ Top 10 CD of the Month Chart. The CD was recognized as the third most downloaded CD by Country DJs on APD’s Global Radio Indicator Charts for the month of June.
Two short years after the release of her first album, which among other accolades was listed as one of the top 3 Debut Albums of 2011 by Freeform American Roots Chart DJs and Reporters and won her a nomination by the Academy of Texas Music for Female Vocalist of the Year, Fences makes herself totally at home again with the sounds of traditional country on her second album with the same compelling songwriting, strong female perspective and powerfully passionate vocal performances that listeners have come to expect from this Dallas native.
All 14 tracks on “itty bitty twang twang” were written in whole or co-written by Fences and blend her sassy style with a comedic touch while speaking both musically and lyrically about the trials of leaving and getting over good-for-nothing lovers. With steel guitar and fiddle on almost every song and refreshingly straight-forward honesty, “itty bitty twang twang” will remind you of country music the way it used to be. "Rather than portray life as a made-for-television Disney movie like the pop/country tendencies of Nashville’s music machine, Fences digs into the darker aspects of humanity that have traditionally made country music their home” says Wildy Haskell of Wildy's World who completed an early review of the album.
“I found myself listening to today’s mainstream country and feeling two things,” says Leyla, “one, that it didn’t sound like country music anymore and two, that even though songs today might still portray everyday life, it’s mostly only the happy, picture-perfect parts. I sure wasn’t hearing songs that I could relate to based on what I was living at the time so I decided to write about those experiences – even though they didn’t all have fairytale endings.”
The CD, which includes as a bonus track an innovative sing-a-long backing track of the first song on the CD “Get the Truck Outta Here”, was recorded at Audio Dallas in Garland, Texas supported by seasoned professional musicians who have worked with recording artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Jack Ingram, Janie Fricke and Steve Holy. The album was recorded and mixed by Paul Osborn, whose experience includes recording and/or mixing more than 25 Gold and Platinum Records. Mastering was completed by Randy LeRoy of AirShow Mastering, whose credits include Jamey Johnson's double CD "The Guitar Song" on Universal Music Nashville and Darryl Worley's "God & Country" on Stroudavarious Records. The artwork for the CD was completed by Glenn Sweitzer of Fresh Design, known in the music industry as designer for artists such as Tim McGraw, Rascall Flatts, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Hank Jr., Lady Antebellum and many others.
Always danceable and never pretentious, the clean sound of the tunes on “itty bitty twang twang” lets every word and note be heard while tasteful production allows listeners to get the same great connection with the songs that Leyla's live audiences enjoy.
The CD, available in hard copy and as an electronic download, can be pre-viewed and purchased at popular online retailers like ITunes, Amazon.Com and CDBaby.com and through the artist’s website www.leylafences.com. Fans who prefer to buy by phone (or who just like the idea of supporting Texas Musicians with each purchase!) can buy the album from MyTexasMusic by calling 1-866-49-TEXAS.
Readers are encouraged to visit the artist’s website at www.leylafences.com where they can learn more about the up-and-coming artist, listen to full-length song streams, view photos and other media and sign up for her mailing list.
Official Website: http://www.leylafences.com
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