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A brief chat with Jesse Lafser


Jesse Lafser is a country/blues singer and guitarist based in Nashville, and she’s playing the Laughing Goat next month so we had a chat.J

Yellow Scene: When did you start making music, and taking it seriously?

Jesse Lafser: I picked up my first guitar when I was 15, so I guess that’s 13 years ago now which is crazy. I’ve always been a writer – I wrote prose, poetry and short stories when I was little. Wrote my first song at 15.

YS: You moved to Nashville eight years ago…

JL: That’s correct. It seems crazy that I’ve been here that long. I went to Belmont for music, and after that moved to East Nashville. I’ve been here ever since. It was the music that brought me here. I wasn’t sure I was going to be doing it full time, but I knew that I loved writing. I feel like this town is an artistic kind of community, it’s super-progressive, and we live on a street that’s all artists so people just come over on the porch and play music. It’s been really great.

YS: Is Colorado a place you’ve had fun in the past?

JL: I have played in Denver and Colorado Springs, but this will be my first time in Boulder and I can’t wait – I’m really excited.

YS: What are the plans for the set?

JL: I’m going on the road with Becca Mancari who will be the opening act in the shows, but we’re also going to be singing and playing on each other’s sets.

YS: When this tour’s done, what’s next?

JL: I just want to tour as much as possible this next year, play as many shows as I can. That’s where my head’s at.

Jesse Lafser plays with Becca Mancari and Gang Forward at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at the Laughing Goat; 2907 55th St., Boulder.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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