Monday, April 16, 2012

Lydia Loveless at Rogue Tavern


By Jamison Taylor

Lydia Loveless will light up Birmingham this Saturday night supporting her new album Indestructible Machine/Bloodshot 2011. With her fiery red locks, scorching vocals and punk rock roots, it is sure to be a show everyone will be talking about. The 21 year old Ohio native will bring her booming voice to Rogue Tavern May 12th to do what she does best.


Loveless is not your typical Country/Americana artist, of course with label mates that range from Ryan Adams and Justin Townes Earle to Charlie Pickett, this "off Music Row" line-up screams ALT-COUNTRY. 

Loveless cites Hank Sr, Loretta Lynn, Charles Bukowski and Britney Spears as her influences. (That's right, Britney Spears!) This writer hears more of a Lucinda Williams/Pat Benatar in her raspy voice with a touch of 70's country gold around the edges. She's bringing her band who sound more like a rock set-up. Loveless handles rhythm guitar duties with Todd May on lead and backing vocals, (husband)Benjamin Lamb on bass, Rob Woodruff on banjo/guitar and (father)Parker Chandler on drums. It should be the way any Alt-Country/Americana show should be….LOUD!

Rogue Tavern is located at 2312 2nd Ave N B'ham www.roguetavern.com.


The self penned Indestructible Machine is gritty and raw and is a far cry from her debut, 2010's 'The Only Man,' which had a slicker country feel. Loveless says of her new album "I just wanted it to sound raw and the way it would if you came to see us live" With songs such as 'Jesus was a Wino' and 'Steve Earle' Loveless the songwriter doesn't mince words…..or lyrics! 'Steve Earle' is a song written for a stalker she once had in Ohio who called himself "Columbus' Steve Earle". The first line of the song says "Well he read an article that said I like to do cocaine" she is candid and REAL. - Jamison Taylor


"All of 20, she's got the songwriting soul of someone twice her age and a voice to die for. Her appearance at the recent SXSW made us full-on believers." —Boudin Barndance


"Her defiant tone is matched by songs that put country and punk on equal ground, unvarnished and direct." --Chicago Tribune


"Her defiant tone is matched by songs that put country and punk on equal ground, unvarnished and direct." --Chicago Tribune


"Heir apparent of Loretta Lynn" --Twangville
"Her name is Lydia Loveless and she is like nothing I've ever heard before. Looks a little like Pink, with just the right amount of fucked up like Shane MacGowen . . . It was one of those night where I looked around and couldn't believe there weren't more people there to witness such an amazing show." --Midwest Music

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2 comments:

  1. The Show is MAY 12th

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  2. "The 21 year old Ohio native will bring her booming voice to Rogue Tavern May 12th to do what she does best." - yes. It is. :)

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