11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: The Love-In (Laurel Sorenson)

The Love-InIn this golden age of Americana music (not that there is anything wrong with that), it is refreshing to hear that Nashville has not forgotten how to rock. For some real-time evidence, go give some repeated listens to “As it Lays,” the new single from East Nashvillians The Love-In and get recharged right now! The band’s debut EP of the same name drops on September 4th.

Lead singer and pianist Laurel Sorenson paid a visit to the 11 Questions desk, and we all should be glad that she did. Her power-charged vocals will take you back to a time when things maybe regularly rocked a little harder. Wow! Can this young lady sing with the best of them? The band rounds out with Emma Holden on guitar, drummer Michael Rasile, and bassist Max Zikakis.

In a better world I know they’d probably be having a release party over at The 5 Spot, but we will all just have to patiently wait. Thanks Laurel and look-forward to rocking with you guys on the other side of this current mess.


Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I am from San Diego, CA. I moved to Nashville in 2013 because I wanted to be somewhere with a lot of great musicians and songwriters. When you’re surrounded by talent of this level, either you rise to their level or you don’t, and I wanted to rise.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

The first record I bought was The Duchess by Fergie, and it was on CD from Target. The last record I bought was Patti Smith Group – Jazz Workshop, Boston, January 9th, 1976. It’s on vinyl and I got it from Shake it Records in Cincinnati.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

My first concert was Hilary Duff. She covered The Who, and it rocked me to my core. The last show I saw was Kamasi Washington at City Winery. It was a pretty magical and pre-pandemic.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

Brittany Howard should absolutely be added.

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

I go to Dose for coffee and Five Points for pizza if I’m feeling saucy. If I’m feeling fancy, I class it up and go to Bella Napoli.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

Sound & Color by the Alabama Shakes.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

Babo Korean Bar. Get a Kimchi Hot Dog for $4, and you’ll never be disappointed. I was just about to fill up my hot dog punch card before COVID hit, and I’m pretty disappointed about the toll the pandemic has taken on my hot dog count.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

I’d ask Emma Holden (guitarist of The Love-In), Katie Crone, and Cass Hart.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

The 5 Spot is great and has been really kind to us. We played our residency there and the sound was awesome and everyone who works there is really fun.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here.

Beyoncé. I think she’d do well here.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

The Love-In is putting out its full-length EP in September. In the meantime, we’ve got livestreams to check out and we’re really just trying to use this time to work on new songs and start recording again. Once the world opens back up and it’s safe to play music in front of people, we’re gonna be touring like crazy.



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