Stereo Embers The Podcast: Heather Lynne Horton

Written by on 10/25/2023

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“Get Me To A Nunnery”

The Hawaii-born, Wisconsin-raised Heather Lynne Horton has a lot of stories to tell and because she’s a born storyteller, she does so with the perfect blend of humor, hi-jinx and self-deprecation.
We’ll let her tell you those stories, but in the meantime, we’ll offer this quick version of who she is. After college she hit Minneapolis in search of the mythical Prince and then landed in Chicago where she met her real life prince, singer/songwriter Michael McDermott. She plays fiddle and sings backup in McDermott’s band and the two also had the fabulous side project The Westies. Her first solo album Postcard Saturdays came out in 2012, which was followed by Don’t Mess With Mrs. Murphy in 2018. Although it took nearly six years for the follow-up Get Me To A Nunnery to hit shelves, it was well worth the wait. A moving and stirring song cycle that brings to mind Beth Orton, Sinead Lohan and 1,000 Kisses-era Patty Griffin,
Get Me To The Nunnery is redolent with strength, vulnerability, humor and darkness. Horton’s phrasing is emotionally precise and each syllable lands with finesse and grace. It’s a top to bottom a perfect album and this conversation is so much fun. She’s a character–you’re going to love her. ( ( ( (

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