ABOUT

Four voices coalesce, rooted in rhythm. Raised on the North American traditions of blues, folk, and soul and inspired by their world travels, the four women of Ley Line transcend genres and languages. Ley Line creates a global soundscape; blending influences from Brazil, Latin America and West Africa. Dynamic harmonies run like a current through textures of stand up bass, guitar, ukulele and world percussion. With strong ties to world folklore traditions, Ley Line’s multilingual compositions evoke the beauty of the human experience through our connection to nature and each other.

 Ley Line is the musical merging of two duos. Austinites Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez met twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013. Since reuniting in Austin in 2016, Ley Line has been weaving together their individual journeys into a collective vision to unite audiences around the world. Their eclectic music explores balance and harmony between the unique perspectives of the four songwriters and instrumentalists.

The band’s debut album “Field Notes” released in 2016 is a compilation of original songs and world folk songs from Brazil. In the summer of 2017, the women of Ley Line returned to Brazil to further explore the roots of their musical inspiration. Over the course of three months, they traveled over 3,000 miles playing shows and capturing video footage and inspiration for their upcoming album. The visual album to be released in the spring of 2020 will incorporate original music and imagery inspired by the natural beauty, folklore and rich musical traditions of Brazil.

Spring of 2019 marked the beginning of a tremendous year for Ley Line. The band was invited back to Old Settler’s Music Festival and as a main stage act at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Meanwhile in Austin, they supported great acts like Austin’s own Superfónicos at Antone’s Night Club and Billy Strings at The Mohawk. In June, Ley Line performed alongside Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival on the main stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and later added to the Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup.


PRESS

“The Austin-based quartet curates a unique sound connecting the music they grew up with sounds from around the world, inspired by their travels. Imagine blues, folk and soul done through a global, multi-lingual perspective. That’s the magic right there.”
— KUTX Austin Music Minute
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“Ley Line commits charm to soothing Latin American soundscapes …The quartet constantly educates itself on and connects with the communities they’re playing for.”
— The Austin Chronicle
“Transcending language and genre, the ladies of Ley Line create a sound that is grounded and truly unique, not to mention beautiful.”
— We Are Austin, CBS Austin
“The four women of Austin who call themselves Ley Line Line sing a folky mixture of cross cultural multilingual music that fuses the light feel of buskers on the street with the singer songwriter chops of Gillian Welch or Neko Case. “
— Jennifer Levin of the Santa Fe New Mexican



“Su música es un camino en donde van apareciendo paisajes sonoros de distintas naturalezas. El mar se hace presente…y vemos como se van escribiendo los versos en la arena. Ley Line rompe las fronteras a travéz de su ritmo y su palabra, como aves que multiplican su voz para atravesar los cielos. [El grupo] se refleja un mensaje de amor que florece en los anchos y sagrados caminos de la tierra, caminos hechos para encontrarnos y abrazarnos como humanidad.”
“Their music moves you through a variety of soundscapes and nature. The ocean is present, and you can see their lyrics written in the sand. Ley Line breaks down borders through rhythm and lyric, in the way that birds sing together to travel the skies. They share a message of love that flowers along the wide and sacred paths across the Earth, paths on which we discover and embrace our humanity.”
— Pedro Morales of Monterrey, MX
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