Lily Kershaw - DREAM TOUR

Join us as Lily Kershaw tells you about her dream tour lineup.

Lily Kershaw - DREAM TOUR
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In this Dream Tour segment, the singer-songwriter, Lily Kershaw, reveals who she would want on her ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks below:

My dream tour line up would begin with Simon & Garfunkel! I need this reunion in my bones. "The Sound of Silence" changed my brain and made me want to write music. I hope they would begin with "The Dangling Conversation," a song that first broke my heart at around 8 and still does the same thing to this day. They would of course end with "The Sound of Silence," but in between we would need "The Boxer," “America," "American Tune," "April Come She Will," and "Old Friends." It is in this very moment that I am realizing my love of the ampersand probably initially came from Simon & Garfunkel, as I have just realized they are listed with an ampersand on Spotify. Also definitely inspired my love for writing and singing about America.

Next up would be The Mamas & The Papas because OF COURSE that’s what would be next! Also we have another ampersand! ( I am laughing at myself presently). I have opened the majority of my live shows over the last few years with a very slow simple piano ballad of "California Dreamin’." Their music has always made my heart feel wide open.

Then to punk it up we’d bring out Miss Patti Smith herself. She would play all of Horses, reading her poetry in between and recounting the tales of her life, and she would finish with "Because The Night." I got to see her play twice over the last couple of years in very intimate settings, and I deeply treasure both of these experiences.

Next would be Joni fucking Mitchell! I’d have her sing all of her live set list from Miles of Aisles, her live tour album from 1974. The only additions I would need her to play would be "Cactus Tree," "A Case of You," and "Both Side"s now for a second time as an encore.

We’d finish off the night with Leonard Cohen. He’d sing us off to sleep or at least cozy us enough so that after we drifted home from this evening, we’d slumber as soon as our head hit the pillow. He could play for as long or as little as he liked. My requests are that he must play “Suzanne," "Famous Blue Raincoat," "So Long Marianne,” Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye," and last but certainly not least, "Chelsea Hotel #2." I have played "Chelsea Hotel #2" at almost every show I’ve played since I started playing live in 2013. It sits in my heart in this very specific way and calls to me to sing it.

If I got to experience this line up, I would be blissed out in a way I couldn’t even express in words. These artists and songs have been the soundtrack to my life and extended grace to me in my darkest moments. I am eternally grateful to these artists and their works.

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