In 1987, LJ Booth came out of the central Wisconsin woodwork with YARNS. SING
OUT! described this quiet debut as â€œSimply great musicâ€, and added,
â€œI donâ€™t know how far he has strayed form Wisconsin thus far, but LJ
Booth is one hell of a Yarnspinner and singer.
In the years following, LJ was indeed traveling---playing clubs (from
Boston to Austin) and festivals (including Falcon Ridge, Edmonton, Kerrville, Telluride and
the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest)---building a stage presence that has become his trademark.
He entered three songwriting â€œcompetitionsâ€â€¦.Kerrvilleâ€™s
New Folk, Tellurideâ€™s Troubadour, and Falcon Ridgeâ€™s Showcaseâ€¦.and won
all three---invited back to a main stage performance the following year.
Quickly, other performers were eager to include his
songs in their sets and recordingsâ€¦.including David Wilcox, Anne Hills,
Chuck Pyle and Carrie Newcomer.
In 1992, when LJ released his second CD, BIG
HOURGLASS, DIRTY LINEN call Booth â€œa crack songwriter,
with a cinematic flair in his lyrics and a keen eye for the small details
of everyday life.â€ ACOUSTIC GUITAR added, â€œthis gifted singer-songwriter
skillfully connects the dots between his own past, present and future
with succinct, often powerful lyrics, appealing melodies and agile fingerpickingâ€¦.his
keen fascination with lifeâ€™s journey draws listeners closer to the memories
and revelations that make it worth traveling.
Born in the Philippines, most of LJâ€™s childhood was
spent oversea... living in northern India from the age of five to ten.
With traveling in his blood, LJ hitchhiked extensively in the States
Europe after leaving home...working a variety of jobs; oil rigs in Wyoming,
a lumber yard in Portland, planting trees in Idaho, playing street music
in Germany and Switzerland, maintenance work at Crater Lake.
In 2002, LJ put together his third CD, THE
OX THAT PULLS THE CART. David Wilcox called this
startling album of songs â€œa collection of intricate, luminescent gems...
and John McCutcheon added, â€œFew songwriters I know are as musical,
literate and elegant.â€
After two years of travel, following the release of THE
OXâ€¦, LJ settled into a touring sabbatical, staying closer to
home, regrouping and working on new songs. He bypassed the studio recording
environment this year, recording a new collection of songs in several
live concert settings: THE ROAD THAT LEADS ME HOME. Heâ€™s
ending his touring sabbatical by â€œgiving my longtime fans what they have always
wantedâ€¦.a live recording of new songs, with the emphasis on performance, over