The story of Lakely starts with one lake, two Swedes and a mutual love for Americana music. While dangling their feet in the water one midsummer’s night, Anna Edström and Jonas Rudolf decided to give their all and follow their hearts to the roots of the music they love. They packed their bags and moved to Nashville.
“We both felt like something was missing. Our music careers were going well, but there was always something standing in the way of making the music we wanted to create. Being in Nashville changed all that. There was this magic night, we were laying under a magnolia tree, watching the fireflies and hearing the strangely musical trains whistle in the distance. We realized we had found another home.”
Studying audio engineering in the recording mecca, they dove into their passion for great sounds. Through luck and coincidence, they eventually met the people that created the records they loved. With their help and with the inspiration from Nashville’s music scene they learned how to make their artistic vision reality.
But, being away from friends and family was harder than they had thought. Heartbreaks and homesickness colored their everyday life and they probably ended up learning as much about themselves than they did about audio. However, feelings like those make for great music and it wasn’t long before they began writing songs together—songs that felt more real, more honest.
After a year of inspiration in Tennessee, they flew home with not only an education in music production, but also a half-finished EP recorded by Shani Gandhi behind the console (Sarah Jarosz and Parker Millsap). The sessions took place in Gary Paczosa's home studio, specially built for Alison Krauss in her old garage. After some additional recordings with some of Sweden's finest musicians their debut EP "Pockets Full of Sand" was released on Sep 8 2017.
How it sounds? Imagine Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings playing music with Fleetwood Mac under the midsummer night’s sun. Add an experimental recording of your grandmother’s harmonium, and ridiculous amounts of coffee, and you’re hearing Lakely.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival wrote:
"Lakely is a Swedish group who has devoted itself to a modern bluegrass instrumentation and simple but effective arrangements. Lakely shines by being a team of really talented musicians (and singers!), and by a feeling for those melodies that get stuck in your head”.
As of fall 2018 Lakely are currently writing and producing their full-length follow-up album "Cold War", which will be released early spring 2019.