Session Date: 4/1/2019
Session Location: Northwest Fort Collins, CO
Meet Elizabeth Moen. Elizabeth is from Iowa City, IA. She is a self taught guitarist and has been playing since middle school. In high school, she spent time performing in musicals, and would play covers of songs that she liked for herself in her college dorm room.
Elizabeth has been writing original music since around the fall of 2015, but had been regularly performing covers before that. “I’ve been performing with my originals since winter 2015. The Iowa City writing community really inspired me to let myself feel comfortable expressing myself with lyrics which helped everything take off the way it did. I was always noodling around on my guitar and humming melodies but the lyrical aspect was what made it all happen.”
There have been many artists that have influenced Elizabeth’s sound. She grew up singing along to the likes of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. Since then, the list is long and varied! “I love Angel Olsen, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Brandi Carlile, Hozier, Bob Dylan, Alabama Shakes, Big Thief, Esmé Patterson, Kurt Vile. Been really inspired by Sam Evian and Twain lately too”.
I always like to ask for a memorable story from the road/stage. “The first time I went to Ireland I ended up staying an extra week because I loved it so much. Stayed on couches of people I met at open mics. I had three hours before an early morning flight to France and a couple new friends from that week surprised me at the Dublin airport and joined me in Paris for a few days. We went to open mics and museums together then they flew back. Was a beautiful, spontaneous time.”
Elizabeth will be touring Ireland this summer. Followed by a run in the States and in Italy this fall. She’s hoping to release a new album with a label soon!
“I really didn't think music was something I could do this much, let alone a job I could do. Letting go of self-doubt (though it's still in me and shows itself often) a few years ago is something I'm very happy to have done. Thankful people are willing to give our music a listen and thankful my bandmates are willing to give all of this a chance. I know I sound cheesy, but it's very true.”