Julie Loyd
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Julie Loyd


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"Miller's Review"

“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…”
- C-ville Weekley

"No More Waiting"

"Julie Loyd, recently voted Best Folk Rocker by the Northampton, Mass., Valley Advocate, is an acoustic rocker with a powerful voice, poetic lyrics and a kick-ass stage presence... this charming Northampton-based out dyke acoustic spitfire from the Ani Difranco school of folk scores with [The Waiting Room.]" - Curve Magazine

"Review of "The Waiting Room""

Julie Loyd presents her musical peers with a real challenge on “The Waiting Room,” her third indie release. An acoustic-based collection of eleven new songs, Loyd walks the narrow path between folk and energetic pop music that characterizes much of Jonatha Brooke’s catalogue, pulling elements from Ani DiFranco, Edie Carey, and Deb Talan’s fem-rock style along the way. But Loyd pours such an enormous amount of herself into her music that “The Waiting Room” stands well enough on it’s own, stylistic similarities and all – it’s an impassioned affair. Because emotionally speaking, it rings true; there isn’t a moment in the entire collection where Loyd sounds insincere or is without conviction, and it’s so refreshing to witness an artist presenting herself in such self-assured lighting…Loyd is able to project her voice in an exceptionally powerful manner, and her guitar playing is plenty chunky and percussive… “The Waiting Room” packs enough muscle to back up her sentiments, resulting in something more likened to rock and roll than folk music – which is likely how she’ll be pigeonholed by onlookers who lack the natural curiosity to investigate further. (Grade: A)
- Edge Boston

"Julie Loyd @ The Red Light Cafe"

"Loyd easily commanded the cozy art-filled mountain town venue and was 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 strong voice captures fierce independence, self reflection, angst, and passion along with meeting impressive high notes…Loyd’s hard bass guitar strumming invokes the best of contemporary folk rockers…an artist to look out for."
- Performer Mag (Southeast)

"Julie Loyd's The Waiting Room"

Julie Loyd has an aggressive guitar style like Ani Difranco with songs and arrangements reminiscent of Lisa Loeb. Cool, crunchy guitar licks and other rock trappings surround songs like “Normal,” about defining average. “More Than I Meant To” is about getting dumped. The standout cut is “The Waiting Room,” a powerful piece outlining how women are always waiting for permission. - Sing Out!

"The Waiting"

"The third full-length from the Northampton, MA, wunderkind, The Waiting Room, captures the on-stage energy of the 23-year-old…Though categorized as a folkie, Loyd's new one defies that description by sounding a lot more like something you'd hear on a smart alternative rock station - which is the brass ring Loyd is reaching for, offering no apologies in the process." - Creative Loafing (Charlotte)

"Back to the Hometown"

As the audience laughed and my face turned red, Loyd strummed her way through another witty pop song punctuated by spot-on vocals and the perpetual, endearing tapping of her right leg. Like the rest of her set, the song tackled big issues--gender politics, love and spirituality--but it did so in a lighthearted, major-key way. Loyd's songs may be love-torn, but they're still meant to be blasted from car stereos while careening down sunlit highways. And during a relaxed performance last Thursday in front of her old hometown crowd at Gravity Lounge, saving the world was the last thing on her mind. - C-ville Weekly


2008- Dandelions & Party Queens
2007- Being Home DVD: making of the live album
2007- Girl Parts Benefit EP
2006- All That You Ask For (live)
2005- Waiting Room (playing on 160+ stations nationwide)
2001- Fate Says He's Sorry
2000- Self Portrait #94



Originally a child of musical theater, Julie Loyd's music comes across best on stage. 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 and banjo playing. Whether it's on a guitar or banjo, one can tell her performance experience is considerable.

She started touring professionally at 19, and has released four albums and a live DVD--playing all around the country, sharing stages with such performers as Shawn Mullins, Michelle Malone, Kaki King, G-love & Special Sauce, Hammel on Trial, and Alana Davis, at premiere listening rooms around the country (Bitter End in NYC, Club Passim in Boston, Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA, Schuba's in Chicago, Tin Angel in Philadelphia, etc.). 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 or a banjo 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. Having lived and toured out of New York City, Northampton, MA, Asheville, NC, and Chicago, IL, she's recently taken up residence in the folk capital of the country--Boston, MA. She tours the eastern half of the US regularly, and tries to tour to the Western US a few times a year as well.

Her fifth and newest album, Dandelions & Party Queens (Release Date: 9/2008) features both her guitar & banjo playing, alongside such players as Julie Wolf (Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco) and Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple, Laura Veirs, Dave Matthews). Produced by Evan Brubaker of Cake Records, it's a joyful acoustic romp showcasing Julie's maturing vocals and songwriting.