Julie Loyd
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The best kept secret in music


"Fate Says He's Sorry - Julie Loyd"

"Throw in one part country, one part post-rock, and one part female angst, and you would have a good idea of what Julie Loyd is all about. Loyd has a strong voice which penetrates the mix, cutting through with more quiet power than beauty... Perhaps the most interesting track on the release is an emotional and disjointed take on Bleecker Street, which Simon and Garfunkel fans would be hard pressed to recognize in Loyd's hands. It's a great cover, one that turns the song upside down and into her own."
- Mish Mash Music Reviews

"The 'Fate' of a folkie"

Given the crowded nature of the Asheville music scene, particularly as it applies to singer/songwriters, you might think this is the last place a performer would gravitate to...Fortunately for us Julie Loyd is however, anything but faint-hearted. One listen to 'Fate Says He's Sorry' her modestly produced but no less vivid CD of last year, is evidence enough. There is a gusto to her songs. She prefers to strike with razor sharp observation rather than sonic adornment. Each song has a point to make, some nuance to clarify and a promise of leaning towards a much larger landscape. - Rapid River Magazine

"Rock On, Charlottesville"

In performance, Loyd displays
a knack for emphasizing the meaning underlying each song with subtle inflection in rhythm and charming undulations with her body -- another utilized instrument. As a soloist, Loyd commands even the tiniest venue. Her tone is
precise, and her jerky dance-kicks reveal a wealthy resource of energy, even as
her choruses rehash the tried and true themes of folk (frustrated love, small
towns, etc)
--A. Schindelheim
- C-ville Weekly

"Julie Loyd - Red Light Cafe"

“...a sight to behold in boots, halter top and thirties style red hair that matched her guitar. Her tunes are strong and memorable...Loyd’s hard bass guitar strumming invokes the best of contemporary folk rockers… an artist to look out for.”

-K. Kleminchich - Performer Magazine

"Self Portrait #94 - Julie Loyd"

“Julie Loyd is a great songwriter…Whoever sings or performs them, Julie Loyd has a future as a songwriter, that's for sure.”

—Les Reynolds - Indie-Music.Com

"Fate Says He's Sorry to Julie Loyd"

"Simply amazing.... a great pick to have in your CD player no matter what kind of mood you are in...listeners relate to Loyd's own experiences and insights in an instant."

-T. Furrari - Up and Coming Magazine

"Self Portrait #94 Review"

"She paints powerful and gutsy literate canvases, full of strength, independence, anger, fierceness, connection, wholeness and doubt… This is a woman, her words and her guitar.”

—K. McCarthy - Kevin McCarthy's CD Reviews


Self Portrait #94 (2000)
Fate Says He's Sorry (2001)
The Waiting Room (To Be Released, Winter 2004)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Don't be fooled by the musical theater childhood, Julie Loyd is now the star of her own one-woman folk-rock show. Though she’s left behind the Broadway vibrato, she uses her movement experience to step inside her songs, contorting, kicking, and undulating to the beat of her own percussive guitar playing. Dynamic and gutsy, Julie Loyd’s music comes across best on stage.
She left the the drama of the theater for the drama of the music industry at the age of seventeen. In the five years since she began, Julie has released three albums, playing all around the country sharing stages with such performers as Shawn Mullins, Michelle Malone, Kaki King, Jonathan Byrd, and Edie Carey, to name a few. She has a knack for making folk dynamic: “I’m tired of folk being seen as boring. Just because I’m playing an acoustic guitar doesn’t mean I’m going to be singing about the mountains—and if I am, I’m singing loud.”

Born and raised alongside the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, Virginia, Julie has been struggling with her southern roots and her Yankee mentality since she was a kid. She was seventeen when she finally decided to head towards the Big Apple, leaving her small town behind her. In New York, she became a student at New York University studying gender, sexuality, and performance—a major that could only lead her to the life of a folk musician, singing about lesbian relationships in a way that universalizes even those lifestyles considered to be “alternative.”

Julie decided to leave the city after the World Trade Center attacks of 2001 and retrace her southern roots. She found herself in Asheville, NC, at the southern edge of the Appalachians—the same mountain range she grew up with. Within a few months, Julie was making a living touring full-time around the Southeast. In the winter of 2003, Julie Loyd returned to New York City to work on her third studio album. Julie has teamed up with David Perlick Molinari, a producer who has worked extensively with MTV and Cinemax, for a project that fuses confessional acoustic folk-rock with innovative pop production. After three years of waiting, fans can expect Julie’s intensity to come across more than ever on the new album, aptly titled The Waiting Room, due to be released Winter 2004.