Pebaluna's Lauren Coleman has a common trajectory--falling in love with instruments at first touch (a ukulele), an ear trained on Aretha Franklin in her parents' car, Sundays singing in a Las Vegas Church choir. The uncommon part is what she's done with it. Lauren and collaborator Matt Embree's 2012 album Carny Life stretches comfortably between genres, conjuring Motown, reggae, Torch, gospel, folk, and funk in a way that's warm, fuzzy, and haunting.

Those classical influences come together with a crafted depth owed to Lauren's personal experiences, heartache, hard-fought battles with self, the lost dog after which the band is named, and what she calls more of a school than a band: Matt Embree offering support and direction on and off the record and keeping everyone on their toes, and drummer Jessica Lankford and bassist Jon Grillo providing the perfect balance to Matt and Lauren's right-brained perspectives.

Lauren plays a Cordoba C5-CE and a 20TM-CE.


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