It seems like the world is always dealing with something that makes us ask "Why?", but in the midst of it all, I have found that music and the creative arts in general can be a healing diversion.
I started this music project at a crazy time when the world was experiencing more uncertainty than most of us have ever known in our lifetimes. I found a sense of purpose sitting still with a guitar and a notepad and writing songs that I felt I was being guided to write. That process involved real work, but recording these four songs and completing the project was the ultimate goal and reward.
Beyond that, my hope is that anyone at any age will do something for themselves that reaches a goal they have always thought about, but for whatever reason they are putting it off. As individuals, you will know when the time is right for you and when that happens, I wish inspired energy, quality resources and much support from those around each one of you! As we like to say in our family..."Let it happen."
From my heart to yours
Special thanks to Lew Jetton for adding the songs "COLD HARD TRUTH" and "If Love's What You Make It" to his radio shows. Listen to State Line Blues Sunday nights on WDXR Paducah 96.3 6-8pm and on Shotgun Radio 97.1 East Prairie MO 10-midnight (streaming live ShotgunRadio971.com) Also, 7-9 PM on WKMS 91.3 Murray KY and WKMS.org. These stations report to Roots Music Report and Living Blues
Also, amazing thanks to LJ Coon for reaching out to several radio stations worldwide and securing airplay of the song "COLD HARD TRUTH" on the following stations: ICR 105.7-UK, 88.9 WynFM-Austrailia, New Zealand Country Music Radio Network, Always Hard- Rock Radio, San Diego, CA, Radio Augusta International, ECMA-Radio Austria, and Blues Radio-Athens Greece.
L K Pyor / "COLD HARD TRUTH"- Available for download on this webiste and all streaming services, including iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and many more distributed by Tunecore.
L K Pryor's KY roots and touring background from the East Coast to the West Coast eventually brought her to Nashville's "Third Coast" as a place to call home with her husband, Wesley Pryor.
"Both of us wanted to be closer to the music industry and connect with the creative community in Nashville."
L K Pryor's own music development actually began as a child performing classical piano music, but she also loved Rock-n-Roll and Motown music. Throughout those years and beyond, everything revolved around music education and performance.
Soon after college, Pryor and her husband were hitting the road with the TMJ Band, based out of Ky, playing gigs at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood and other clubs across the country. They also performed in a Broadway show about the life of Elvis Presley that toured Las Vegas and New York's Beacon Theater, along with performing in venues across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Pryor's songwriting skills continued to build working with Nashville songwriters and hanging out at venues like the well known Bluebird Cafe, plus attending songwriting workshops.
"I learned so much from listening to top songwriters in town. I was also very fortunate to work with a few of them and learned how important it was to rewrite lyrics."
In addition to working with Nashville songwriters, Pryor's songwriting experience also includes working on lyrics for an R & B project with the Memphis All-Stars. She affectionately became known as "The Word Lady", sharing a No. 1 regional song status with the song, "Lovin' My Baby."
Pryor has also worked on projects that include a ten song tribute to "Women of the Smokies" with the duo Butterfly Rose, co-founded with Carol Zamora Ward. This project was a companion to a book released by Courtney Lix.
With so much musical background and life's twists and turns, LK Pryor's "Bucket List" moment finally came together over the past two years.
"I made a commitment to work on something I had always wanted to do for myself. These songs represent the kind of music that feels good to me. And working with Wesley on each song helped me write deeper lyrics that spoke the truth about what I wanted to say, plus he totally understood how I wanted the music to feel."
After months of planning and creative collaboration, the 2022 release of "COLD HARD TRUTH" became a reality. It has empowered energy that looks at relationships, with the idea that your attitude and being honest with yourself is what matters most.
"Everyone involved with this project gave amazing energy and talent to it and that inspired me to push myself and not hold back on the lead vocals. Writing and recording these songs represents a dream fulfilled and the final result is beyond my expectations. Wesley and the team he put together helped make it happen and I am truly grateful."
With Special Thanks to: Misstyx Recording Studio- Nashville, TN -Owners: Darla Rae Perlozzi & Tim Patterson
L K Pryor-Lead Vocals, Background Vocals- "I Won't Cry"
Wesley Pryor-Producer, Song Arrangements, Drums
Tim Patterson-Bass Guitar
James Mitchell-Lead Guitar
Steve Hinson-Slide Guitar
Sir Robert Arthur-Acoustic Guitar, Pre-production/ Song Charts
Dana Robbins-Saxaphone- "If Love's What You Make It"
Rodney Ingle-Recording and Mixing Engineer, Background Vocals & Arrangements
Songwriters- L K Pryor, Wesley Pryor- BMI-All Songs
Publisher- Angel Dog Music-BMI
Copyright- (c) 2022
Nashville Jazz Workshop-Liz Johnson: Vocal Technique
Website Design: Darla Rae Perlozzi
Cover Art Photo: Wesley Pryor
Cover Art Design: Alyssa Bonagura
"Earth Vibe" jewelry: StarStrings, LLC: Molly Magdalain
Hair Stylist: Nancy Hutchison-Rolfes
Additional thanks to Reeder & Swift families for music & creative writing gifts and a lifetime of love & encouragement. And thanks to the Pryor family for love and support, along with beautiful clothing designs by Helen Pryor over the years.
Many thanks for friendship and support from Matchless Transportation in Nashville, TN- Owners: Diane & Peter Nesbitt and team.
Special Thanks to Nanette Malher for Leanne & the Surfbroads experience, plus introduction to Matchless Transportation. Wes & I both appreciate your friendship & inspiration.
And much appreciation to friends over the years for their kindness and support. And to all the musicians and songwriters that I have worked with and been inspired by along the way.
Photo: About Section/ Location Shot- Two Boots Pizza-1925 Broadway, Nashville, TN..."Most excellent pizza!"
Two Boots was created in NYC's East Village in 1987 by two indie filmmakers, Doris Kornish & Phil Hartman, who loved pizza and all things New Orleans. Two "Boots" refers to the shape of Italy and Louisiana.
"I can't find enough words to say how much I appreciate the kindness and support of the generous hearts that are taking time to support this project! You have my heartfelt gratitude and wishes for many blessings!!"
Life is a journey and I'm thankful to be taking this journey with all of you that have touched my life! Grateful to God for my musical gifts and creative inspiration..."Onward and Upward."