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Surviving the Music Industry

Jul 23, 2019

Birds, mustaches, loneliness, and vulnerability versus ambiguity in songs with Ivory Layne and Matt Lorenz of The Suitcase Junket. Matt was rounding up his promotional tour for his latest record Mean Dog, Trampoline and we talked exhaustion and avoiding awkward interactions. Then Ivory Layne sits down to share the ideas of her songwriting and her journey. 


Matt Lorenz's follow-up to 2017’s Pile DriverMean Dog, Trampoline takes its title from a lyric in “Scattered Notes From A First Time Home Buyers Workshop,” a brightly tumbling folk romp built on ramshackle rhythms and jeweled guitar tones. I caught Matt before his Nashville set and midway through his tour. It seemed like Matt was living through one of the themes of his record of exhaustion, so we touched on it. Then what does that mean for an artist to overcome it or sit and stew on it for artist development? You can follow The Suitcase Junket @suitcasejunket and


Layne started songwriting at age six but didn't take serious interest until turning fourteen. She taught herself music production, working from her bedroom and posting demos online. In 2011, her work caught the attention of Grammy award-winning producer, Ed Cash. The two wrote, produced, and released her first EP, Volume One, in 2013. Shortly after, Layne moved from her hometown of Denver, NC, to Nashville, TN, to further her artist career. "Cookie Cutter" is Ivory's latest release but in the conversation, we get a spoon full of her quick whit and personality. Download "Cookie Cutter" and all her past releases anywhere and visit for everything including tour dates. Follow her @ivorylayne.