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Song Premiere: Doctor Lo's Love Letter to Folk Music, 'Grey Green Eyes'

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New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Doctor Lo sings about lessons learned from difficult relationships on the gentle ballad "Grey Green Eyes," the latest release from forthcoming album Claiborne Avenue (out on June 18).

Doctor Lo says the song was influenced by his love of folk music.

"This one is kind of a love letter to the folk music albums I grew up listening to, things like Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Acoustic instruments engaging in some subtle interplay, very simple bass and drums, and a bitter, wistful lyric of lost love. It's one of the simplest, most straightforward songs I've ever written," Doctor Lo tells Wide Open Country. "Lyrically the song refers to the hard-won wisdom we get from messed up relationships, bad choices, and foolish optimism. It's a theme I keep coming back to on this record. Not to be dramatic, and it might not be readily apparent because the song is, I think, a little bit understated. But the plain fact is I traveled to Hell and back to get this song -- no matter what anyone else ever thinks of it, it'll always mean something to me as a reminder of where I had to go to get it."

Listen to "Grey Green Eyes" below.

Doctor Lo is a former history professor and published a book about New Orleans, Building the Land of Dreams, in 2013.

For more information on Doctor Lo, visit his official YouTube page.

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Song Premiere: Doctor Lo's Love Letter to Folk Music, 'Grey Green Eyes'