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.