During the early stages of the pandemic, a majority of Americans would pencil in the daily press conferences of their state governors. Packed with information regarding the overwhelming statistics of individuals being diagnosed with COVID, the state politicians would also map out what would they planned to do to combat the virus. Singer/songwriter Lorraine Leckie’s new single “Good Morning Andrew”, which was released today, is an ode to New York’s own Governor Andrew Cuomo. Despaired over seeing what was transpiring and being witness to friends falling ill to COVID, Leckie mentioned that she took solace in hearing the Governor’s press conferences. “Good Morning Andrew” is in many ways a dispatch back to him with warm, welcoming vocals that are soft to the ears and classic rock instrumentals.
Lorraine Leckie was born on a horse in Northern Ontario surrounded by the music of Neil Young, but her own path into music wouldn’t begin for another few decades.
In the ’70s, she converted to punk rock, married Steve Leckie of The Viletones, and started her career as a makeup artist in the fashion industry. After a decade living in Europe, she put down roots in New York and began working with celebrity clients including Paul McCartney and Heidi Klum, but it wasn’t until the age of 37 that Leckie decided it was time for a change. She got a guitar, formed a band, and was soon performing at legendary New York venues like Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, and Mercury Lounge.
Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons debuted with 2008’s Four Cold Angels, a blend of Americana and psychedelic rock, before taking an acoustic route for 2010’s Martini Eyes, which netted Village Voice critic Tom Semioli’s Album of the Year pick that year in the publication’s annual Pazz & Jop Poll.
Since then, Leckie hasn’t stayed complacent within one genre, moving between folk noir collaborations with celebrated art critics (2012’s Rudely Interrupted featuring Anthony Haden-Guest), deep fried country rock (2014’s Rebel Devil Devil Rebel), and apocalypse-tinged americana (2015’s The Raven Smiled) with ease. Leckie’s first album in nearly three years, last June’s Razor Wing Butterfly, served as a celebration and refinement of Leckie and her Demons’ decade-plus in music, honing in on her americana-tinged psychedelic rock while recruiting guitarist Hugh Pool to the fold and recording at legendary Brooklyn studio Excello Recording.