Liz Brasher – “Outcast” premiere
Liz Brasher makes her own kind of southern music — one that’s caught halfway between the garage, the church, the bar, and the bedroom. She’s a soul singer. A guitar-playing rocker. A one-woman girl group. A gospel revivalist who worships at the altar of the Box Tops.
It’s a diverse sound rooted in the influence of Brasher’s two homes: her adopted hometown of Memphis, where she recorded her debut LP for Fat Possum Records; and her childhood stomping grounds in rural North Carolina, where she was raised in a musical, multi-ethnic household.
“I wrote Outcast looking at different periods in my life where even within sub-groups of the “counter-culture” I haven’t fit in. I’ve always been on the fringes. Being Dominican-Italian and growing up in the south as a daughter of immigrants, I never had a place in a set group, genre, or ethnicity. That bothered me for a long time but as I grew as an artist I realized it’s actually what made me unique. The song poses the rhetorical questions of what it says about human nature to not accept others, and what it says about people who find the strength not to care. In the end, you’re always an outcast until you’re not. You can make your own category, but it’s only because you find the courage to go outside of yourself and the accepted norm to do something completely different.” – Liz Brasher