Kait Lawson has kicked around New York and Nashville the past few years but when it came time to record her debut album, the young singer/songwriter returned back to her hometown of Memphis. There she headed into the studio with collection of original songs and some of the city's best musicians including guitarists Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady) and Dave Cousar (Al Green, Amy Lavere) and Al Gamble on keys (Marc Broussard). Out of those sessions emerged the recently released Til We Drown (March 19), an album of songs steeped in her city's enduring tradition of blending blues, country and soul into one rich, potent elixir. There's twang and shuffle, folk songs and touches of rock 'n' roll, sorrowful laments of regret and sweet-sounding odes to loss and pain, laid out bare and raw but softened in the blow by some haunting, beautifully arranged production touches and stellar instrumental backing. A real and remarkable find.