“I’ve never heard anybody describe my songs as sweet or romantic” Texas-born singer/songwriter Leyla Fences says when asked to describe her music. She hesitates before grinning and adding “but then again, no one’s ever called ME that either!”
Two short years after the release of her debut CD, Fences makes herself totally at home again with the sounds of traditional country on her second album "Itty Bitty Twang Twang". Leyla's follow up to her well-received "Liars, Cheats & Fools" (2010) presents country music fans 14 original tracks of self-penned dancing, drinking and cheating songs with the same compelling songwriting, strong female perspective and powerfully passionate vocal performances that listeners have come to expect from this Dallas native.
Never sweet, rarely romantic and always fun, Leyla’s songs hook you immediately with her smart style, bold personality and a sense of humor kin to the songs of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. “There are a lot of women who relate to these lyrics and, while they might not be able to find the words to say what they are feeling for themselves, they can trust Leyla’s songs to say it for them.” (Kaye Golden-Wright of Kaye G. Wright Studios, Dallas, Tx)
All 14 tracks on itty bitty twang twang were written in whole or co-written by Fences and blend her sassy style with a comedic touch while speaking both musically and lyrically about being in and out of love and moving on.
With steel guitar and fiddle on almost every song and refreshingly straight-forward honesty, itty bitty twang twang will remind you of country music the way it used to be. "Rather than portray life as a made-for-television Disney movie like the pop/country tendencies of Nashville’s music machine, Fences digs into the darker aspects of humanity that have traditionally made country music their home". (Wildy Haskell, Wildy's World)
“I found myself listening to today’s mainstream country and feeling two things,” says Leyla, “one, that it didn’t sound like country music anymore and two, that even though songs today might still portray everyday life, it’s mostly only the happy, picture-perfect parts. I sure wasn’t hearing songs that I could relate to based on what I was living at the time so I decided to write about those experiences – even though they didn’t all have fairytale endings.”
Always danceable and never pretentious, the clean sound of these original tunes lets every word and note be heard while tasteful production allows listeners to get the same great connection with the songs that Leyla's live audiences enjoy.
AND A LITTLE MORE...
Leyla’s journey thus far has been anything but a straight line. Although she experienced a typical Texas upbringing in the sticks outside of Houston, as a middle-child born under the sign of the bull she was happiest when she was stirring things up so she took off from home early and set out to explore the world’s wider pastures.
Her zigzag took her around the world from high-falutin' graduate degrees and culinary studies in the U.S to language studies across the pond and south of the border.
With her wanderlust somewhat satisfied, more than a couple of tequila-induced hangovers under her belt and the memories of several Mr. Wrongs and their shenanigans fresh in mind, Leyla decided she'd had more formal and informal schooling than she'd ever need. She hocked most of her know-how (and marbles) in exchange for a shiny Takamine guitar and realized soon after that everything she was looking for could be created with 6 strings, 3 chords and a capo.
Leyla was last seen in Nashville at a songwriter night down on Broadway. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please let her know!