photo by  Coco Nuco

photo by Coco Nuco

Lavender Blue is the musical alias of guitarist and songwriter Kayla Zuskin. Fusing electric guitar with minimalistic vocals, Zuskin’s compositions are musings on existence in a hazy and lo-fi landscape.

Lavender Blue was launched as a project as Zuskin was busking and traveling across the United States in the fall of 2017. Upon returning to Asheville in 2018, Zuskin wrote, recorded and co-produced her self-released LP Dusk.

            Originally identifying as solely a guitar player and discouraged from singing by her family, Zuskin has been writing songs in secret since she began playing guitar in 2004. She channeled her desire to play and perform into the guitar, studying rock, blues, jazz, folk and their subgenres. This led her to attend Berklee College of Music (’15) where she studied guitar as well as recording and production.

It was only after her move to Asheville, NC in 2015 that she began playing and singing outside of her bedroom. During this time, she began trying to imitate the country, bluegrass fingerstyle playing she was hearing all around her. She also continued to play guitar in neo-soul, blues, jam and indie-folk bands. She is heavily influenced by indie-rock, folk songwriters, art, nature, film, and literature. The sum result of these multitudes of experiences is the sound that is Lavender Blue.

            Zuskin will be releasing a Lavender Blue single in support of a two-week Europe tour in July of 2019.

Jellyfish Live for Acoustic Asheville

ft. Mike Johnson on Pedal Steel


“The whole thing is simply beautiful, and it’s so good that it’s hard to believe that you’re listening to a DIY artist.”- High Clouds.org

“The love lost and found, is always kept lock and key, deep with a soul. Revealed in the sunlight, only for the holder to view, the icons of emotions flutter. And it flutters in “Give Me Metal or Give Me Death.” -Come Here Floyd

“Grace and subtlety are the hallmarks of this understated collection of songs.”-Mountain Xpress

Humans in Amante Feature- Coco Nuco

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Coming Soon…

Elemental is a conceptual set of pieces that utilize the four elements as a framework for compositions within non-traditional compositional and improvisational methods. The pieces contain the underlying theme of climate change, and consistently utilize the guitar as the main instrument for composition. The project was inspired by Tikkun Olam, the study of guitar itself, and the desire to create large scale works within a social context. The pieces completed are five drastically different compositions with varied forms, instrumentation and length. Each was composed differently but started with harmonic content on the guitar and contains a corresponding recording and score. Some also contain spoken word, lyrical content, or paintings.


Kayla Zuskin- kayzuskin@gmail.com