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Singer Leeda 'Lyric' Jones Has Love For Asheville’s Musical Streets

Leeda 'Lyric' Jones got her start busking on the streets of Asheville, and combines soul, funk, and R&B influences.
Courtesy of Leeda 'Lyric' Jones
Leeda 'Lyric' Jones got her start busking on the streets of Asheville, and combines soul, funk, and R&B influences.
Leeda 'Lyric' Jones got her start busking on the streets of Asheville, and combines soul, funk, and R&B influences.
Credit Courtesy of Leeda 'Lyric' Jones
Leeda 'Lyric' Jones got her start busking on the streets of Asheville, and combines soul, funk, and R&B influences.

Leeda “Lyric” Jones honed her skills as a writer, singer and performer busking on the streets of downtown Asheville. At first hesitant to play for strangers, she quickly realized her original lyrics and soulful style helped her forge connections with those who needed it the most.

R&B singer songwriter and guitarist Leeda “Lyric” Jones joins host Frank Stasio for a conversation and plays live from the Blue Ridge Public Radio studio.

Jones is a third-generation musician: her grandfather, the slide-guitarist nicknamed “Guitar Shorty,” toured with B.B. King, and her father jams on anything from keytar, to drums, to the bass guitar he plays when he accompanies his daughter. Jones is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the group LYRIC. Her newest focus is on her solo R&B work and releasing the single for her forthcoming album.

Jones joins host Frank Stasio live in studio to perform a solo set and share stories from the streets of Asheville. Jones plays at Sycamore Brewing in Charlotte on Saturday, April 14, and performs with her father on Sunday, April 15 at 5 Walnut Wine Bar in Asheville. On Friday, May 11 LYRIC opens for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Salvage Station in Asheville. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bePdJc2N6V8

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Laura Pellicer is a producer with The State of Things (hyperlink), a show that explores North Carolina through conversation. Laura was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, a city she considers arrestingly beautiful, if not a little dysfunctional. She worked as a researcher for CBC Montreal and also contributed to their programming as an investigative journalist, social media reporter, and special projects planner. Her work has been nominated for two Canadian RTDNA Awards. Laura loves looking into how cities work, pursuing stories about indigenous rights, and finding fresh voices to share with listeners. Laura is enamored with her new home in North Carolina—notably the lush forests, and the waves where she plans on moonlighting as a mediocre surfer.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.