East Nashville’s Jesse Lafser must have some musically savvy parents. As she tells it, they sang songs from Roger Miller’s Twain-tweaking Big River to get her to go to sleep when she was little. Lafser wound up at Belmont, furthering her classical training on piano and guitar, and emerged a student of her generation’s folk revival. On her new album, Land in Sight, she mines a nautical vignette from Twain’s autobiography in a way that seems more personal than literary. Among those backing her on the 10-song brooding indie folk-country set are journeyman drummer Evan Hutchings, bassist Mike Rinne and steel guitarist Spencer Cullum Jr.; the latter two have played plenty around town with Andrew Combs, who also shows up singing harmony. Speaking of vocals, Lafser has a low range for a singing, songwriting woman — think Amy Ray — and it makes even her wistful songs feel more grounded and human.
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