People in her hometown of St. Louis know her as Elizabeth Schrank, but fans of heartfelt, carefully crafted folk and pop have increasingly gotten to know the name Lizzie Weber. Weber released her self-titled LP back in 2014, and since then she’s toured at home and abroad (including a few stints in Japan), helped soundtrack a documentary about coffee, and continued to write and record songs around her acoustic guitar and piano that showcase her emotive vocal range.
Last year Weber left St. Louis for the Anacortes region of Washington state. She returns home for an opening slot at Ellis Paul’s show this Sunday at Off Broadway, and she caught up with RFT over email, in part to talk about her recent video for the single “Love Again” (below):
RFT Music:Tell me about your life and career in the Pacific Northwest — have you been recording? gigging? Drawing inspiration from a landscape slightly more beautiful than St. Louis?
Lizzie Weber: I definitely went through a transitional period when I initially moved last year. I had to leave my band along with an incredibly supportive community of musicians. St. Louis is very special in that way, and I'm forever grateful for my time exploring my roots as a musician there and the support that I received. Ultimately, the move sort of forced me to re-discover myself as a songwriter. I re-worked a lot of songs I thought were finished and backed off writing on piano and focused on guitar. The Northwest's vast, lush scenery is incredibly inspiring. Initially, I took some time off recording to just focus on writing and gigging to absorb my new surroundings. I'm just now in the process of recording an EP, which I'll hopefully release early next year, followed by an LP.
How did the “Love Again” video come together? What was the story you and the director sought to tell?
When I worked together with Carla [Dauden, director] for "Falling Like Fools," she had such an incredible vision and style, I knew I wanted to collaborate with her again. In January of this year, she began brainstorming unique conceptual ideas that I knew would be very powerful. My amazing producer, Carrie Finklea, put together a crew and we shot the video in one sixteen-hour day in Los Angeles.
We knew we wanted the video to be about a woman and her re-discovery of her self-worth. For example, in the beginning, she searches the mirror and cannot see her own reflection. At its end, she approaches the mirror again and sees herself, confident and unafraid. I'm incredibly proud of how it turned out and the message we convey. Hopefully our viewers feel the same.
What can listeners expect at this weekend's hometown gig?
An intimate show. Me and my guitar, and a set of mostly new songs that I've written since my move out west. I'm thrilled to be opening the night for an incredible songwriter like Ellis at one of my favorite venues in town.
8 p.m. Sunday, October 15. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $20. 314-498-6989.
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