You probably haven’t heard of Houston-born, Georgia-raised country singer Lera Lynn. But you might have inadvertently Googled her:
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The answer to these queries is Lynn. Her unreleased track “The Only Thing Worth Fighting For” turned heads during the show’s April trailer, and Lynn popped up as the dive-bar singer in a memorable scene with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn.
“T Bone asked if I would like to do some writing for the show,” Lynn told Entertainment Weekly about her surprising encounter with country legend and True Detective soundtrack composer T Bone Burnett. “Before I knew it, I was on my way to L.A. and sitting a room with a couple guitars and writing songs with T Bone.”
Burnett reportedly passed Lynn some circa-1930s Mexican folk from Lydia Mendoza, and per EW, told Lynn to write heavy: “Go as dark as you can. Just do it. Make it sad. Make it fucked up.” It’s a knack that comes easy for the biting writer.
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