In support of her new CD on Bloodshot Records (release date: Feb. 18, 2014), LYDIA LOVELESS will be performing an intimate, high-energy show at the beautiful Seven Grand Whiskey Bar in the North Park section of San Diego on March 20th.
Sample her new album: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jwfadD31UH8&desktop_uri=/watch?v=jwfadD31UH8
"Love this woman. Love her. Is "Stevie Nicks singing lead on 'Born to Run'" overstating it? Probably, but too bad." SPIN
"If you've longed to hear a slightly southern drawling dame complaining about men while squinting at a poppier horizon without having to drop in sorority girl accents or desperate, laughable references to rappers, this might be the gal for you." CMJ
"If you believe in rock 'n' roll, you pray for people like Lydia Loveless."--PopMatters.com
"Brimming with brashness and vulnerability, confidence and insecurity, and can leave you not knowing quite what to think." The Boston Globe
Two years after the critical success of her breakout second album, Indestructible Machine, Lydia Loveless emerges from the trenches of hometown Columbus, OH with the gloves off and brimming with confidence on Somewhere Else. While her previous album was described as "hillbilly punk with a honky-tonk heart" (Uncut), this one can't be so quickly shoehorned into neat categorical cubbyholes. No, things are different this time aroundLoveless and her band have collectively dismissed the genre blinders and sonic boundaries that come from playing it from a safe, familiar place.
Writing from this new-found place of conviction, Lydia crafted 10 songs that are stark in their honesty, selfexamination, and openness. Somewhere Else is more elemental than any of Loveless's previous material; it's about longing for the other, whether that's something emotional, physical, or mental, all anchored by her arresting voice that sounds beyond her years. Creatively speaking, if Indestructible Machine was an all-night bender, Somewhere Else is the forlorn twilight of the next day, when that creeping nostalgia has you looking back for someone, something, or just...anything.
On their fourth overall release, Loveless and Co. (Ben Lamb on bass, Todd May on guitar and vocals, and new drummer Nick German) have coalesced into a band with a broad rock 'n' roll range, after a couple years spent performing everywhere from rowdy festivals to pin-drop quiet dinner sets. Without ditching the ribald, spit-in-your-eye attitude of her previous recordings, Loveless travels into some parallel-universe, roots-born Exile In Guyville territory. These are songs that find her asserting stylistic choices, while baring themes of insatiable desire, unrequited emotion, and mistakemaking on life's crooked, fucked-up path.
The barely insinuating "Head" moves with strutting tambourine and a double-coated guitar sound that's simultaneously crunchy and wide and echoey like a F-14 Tomcat in its hanger; sonically referencing both The Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell and the sharp-edged jangle of Lower East Side NYC punk. As she builds to the chorus harmonies, Loveless's voice quivers from overwhelming power and knee-buckling resentment: "'Cause I know the sooner I go to sleep the sooner I can dream/Well maybe if I get lucky tonight, you'll be there waitin', ready for me, anything."
"Really Want To See You Again" and "To Love Somebody" are built around bottled-up manic energy and brawny, 5 o'clock shadow hooks that renovate The Replacements' greasy denim charm and The Pretenders' punk-meets-shimmering pop rock. The rhythm section dials it in on sultry Heartland rock 'n' roll in "Wine Lips" while Loveless and May match voices for some age-old Music Row harmonies of heartache: "That's all I really wanna do/ Is be somewhere that's just me and you." By song's finish, the pain is so real that you're reaching for the phone to call either your significant other or a former lover (or both, we won't judge).
On Somewhere Else Loveless is less concerned with chasing approval she scrapped an entire album's worth of material before writing this set and more focused on fighting personal battles of longing and heartbreak, and the aesthetic that comes along with them. She might not steal your car after the relationship goes south, but you can be damn sure she'll still take a baseball bat to the windows on her way down the street. She might even smile about it.
Just added NENA ANDERSON!
"But I only hear your voice, your voice soars with the zing and precision of an arrow it drops with the gravity of rain, your voice scatters the highest swords and returns with its cargo of violets: it accompanies me through the sky." ~ Pablo Neruda
"part Neko Case and part Billie Holiday, with a dash of Ragged Glory-era Neil Young thrown in for good measure." - OwlandBear
Nena Anderson has been nominated for 11 San Diego Music Awards in the categories of Jazz, Americana, Acoustic, and New Artist. Her debut album "Beyond The Lights" has earned comparisons to early Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones and Bob Dylan with its accessible and deceptively uncomplicated lyrics and bluesy, rootsy sound. Produced by Mike Butler (Linda Kay, Low Volts), the record showcases 10 original songs that are so familiar and warm, you think you have heard them before, and you want to listen to over and over again. From the moody, minor-keyed, driving swamp blues of "Daggers," the rollicking 60's piano soul groove of "Roses & Kisses," to the catchy heartache of "I Fall In Love Too Fast," Nena proves she can write timeless songs for a modern audience.
"Her distinctive, bourbon smooth voice stops you in your tracks and compels you to hang on every word. On the stage, Anderson exudes the enviable self-assurance of someone who's exactly where she's supposed to be." - San Diego Citybeat
The album has garnered unanimous praise as well as placements in film, tv and webisodes, as well as receiving airplay nationally, internationally and online. Whether solo or with her backing band, she is a seasoned live performer, "the listener is struck by the beauty of her vocals as they are light and velvety like a chocolate ganache, lingering only long enough to make you want more." - Riveting Riffs Magazine
Nena's current backing band, The Mules, are: Mike Butler, guitar (the Boxmasters), Patrick McClory, bass (Alex Woodard band), and Brian Larson, drums. In addition, the album features pedal-steel player David Berzansky (Hacienda Brothers) and Mike Feldman on keys.
Nena has shared stages as support for such artists as Greg Allman, Raul Malo, Dave Alvin, Switchfoot, Peter Case, Lucinda Williams, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Victoria Williams, Jolie Holland, Charlie Musselwhite, Dan Hicks, Anya Marina, and Jimmie Vaughan. She has toured as June Carter with the Johnny Cash tribute band, Cash'd Out, and is also a contributing songwriter and performer for the book/cd/concert project, For The Sender.