"A voice to be reckoned with, a voice that resonates well beyond her years. Her voice hovers over us—drops of clear crystal mountain water." — Alice Gerrard
Vivian Leva's voice is the sound of living tradition. Raised by parents who paid visits to old-time legends like Tommy Jarrell and Doug Wallin, she grew up steeped in the Appalachian and country music of her Lexington, VA home. With her debut solo recording Time Is Everything, Leva earns a spot in the lineage of great neo-traditional songwriters like Gillian Welch and Sarah Jarosz. It's clear that Leva possesses a sense of melody and storytelling well beyond her years. She finds inspiration in classic storytellers like Kitty Wells and Texas Gladden, the harmony singing of the Stanley and Everly Brothers, and the pop sensibilities of Mandolin Orange; her originals effortlessly shift between archaic ballads, classic country and honky tonk, and contemporary Americana. Riley Calcagno (The Onlies) and other top-notch collaborators add to the album’s tastefully minimal production, imbuing each story of love and heartbreak with a hearty emotional punch. Time Is Everything is a bold statement from this rising star.
released March 2, 2018
Engineered by Joseph Dejarnette
Mixed by Joseph Dejarnette
Mastered by Mike Monseur
Produced by Vivian Leva, Riley Calcagno, and Joseph Dejarnette
Photography by Olivia Siegel
Graphic Design by Dejah Leger
All songs written by Vivian Leva, published by Lost Gal Music, BMI (administered by Songs of Trade Root), except:
"Time Is Everything" written by Vivian Leva, Riley Calcagno, and Sam Bailey, published by Lost Gal Music (BMI).
"Cold Mountains," traditional, arranged by and chorus written by Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno, published by Lost Gal Music (BMI).
"Last of My Kind," written by Paul Burch and published by Borrowed and Broke Music, administered by Little Brother Music (BMI).
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Thanks to Riley, Jack, Joe, Eric, and Nick for bringing these songs to life, to Joe Bass for engineering, and to Free Dirt Records for taking on this project.
Thanks to my parents Carol Elizabeth Jones and James Leva for raising me in the Old Time community, for their inspiration and endless support, and for showing me that honest music is the best music.
A special thanks to Riley Calcagno for convincing me to record this album in the first place, and to everyone else who made this album possible.