He won’t stop calling and I’m not sure how to blow him off
He stands outside my window until I have to call the cops
But they always let him out of jail cuz he’s a famous face
That’s a funny way of asking me to go out on a date…
Steve Earle, won’t stop calling me
Lydia Loveless’s Comfest set was one of my favorites, and new song “Steve Earle” was a set highlight. It’ll be on her new album, Indestructible Machine, out in September on Bloodshot.
A few months ago I hit up a Happy Hour/CD release show (The Mooncussers) at Rumba Cafe. Honestly, I left work a bit late and was hoping that I wouldn’t have to sit through the opening act (Tom Evanchuck) that I didn’t know anything about. So glad that my timing was off and I arrived just as Evanchuck was getting started. What I saw really blew me away … a two-piece dirty blues band (I hesitate using the word “blues”, but there is elements of blues and folk in Evanchuck’s music).
Peloton Records – the local label that has already hit a home run by pushing their artist Lydia Loveless to the next level (ie – a label deal with Bloodshot) – is handling the release of Evanchuck’s TWO new CDs, the acoustic/folky Fadin’ Glow and the rougher, plugged-in Tom Evanchuck is Back as The Evanchucks. We’ll explore these two releases next week but right now the electric album, which paints Evanchuck as a young Chris Whitley in my opinion, is at the top of my playlist.
Evanchuck joins The Mooncussers and Lydia Loveless, fresh off a lengthy midwest/west coast tour, tonight at Rumba. Show starts around 9pm.
Though never among the elite artists to be named a “Band to Watch” in her hometown, Lydia Loveless still has managed to attract the attention of the Americana label Bloodshot Records who announced today that they have signed the 20-year-old country singer to a roster that includes artists such as Justin Townes Earle, Waco Brothers, Eddie Spaghetti and The Bottle Rockets.
Loveless is currently working on her Bloodshot debut, due out this fall. She says she prefers a raw sound and has always preferred rock n’ roll to country so expect the new album to rock a little more than 2010’s Only Man. “The attitude is still country but it’s definitely less fake country,” Loveless says. Continue reading →
Columbus’ Lydia Loveless is once again teaming up with Bloodshot Records (last time was for a SXSW showcase) for their Fall Pageant Show tomorrow at The Bell House. Also performing is The Bottle Rockets, Graham Parker, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and Cordero.
These Bloodshot shows tries to bring a little SXSW magic to single shows, with free food and drinks (while supply lasts) and a whole heaping of good vibes. Continue reading →
I just want to sing the praises of the Nelsonville Music Festival for a minute, because not only did they provide me with a pretty killer weekend, I think they deserve some props for putting together one of those things that makes you feel psyched to be in Ohio, and that you’re kinda glad not everyone knows how good we’ve got it. I’ll preface this with a story that describes the tone of this festival and the people who are involved: I called down to Stuart’s Opera House to ask if I could add a camping spot to my ticket purchase (“sure no problem man..oh yeah, Ben, gotcha right here”) and midway through taking my credit card number, the dude on the phone was like ‘hold up a minute, someone just brought a puppy in here to work and all hell is breaking loose.’ So we took a little break from the transaction until the giggling died off. I mean, are these people- these volunteers- who care more about puppies than takin’ your money, the kind of folks that you want to spend a weekend listening to bands with? Yes.
This is the festival’s sixth year, but is arguably the second year after a major growth spurt brought about by the addition of some major national acts. The transition from local town street fair to booking legends like Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn has certainly increased attendance, but has not managed to warp the event into something that feels corporate or contrived. Not once did I see some cargo pants wearin’, flashlight totin’ security guy with “STAFF” on his back shakin’ somebody down; not once did a lycra-clad promotions girl try to give me packets of gum or sign me up for a credit card. What I did see was a really nice mix of familiar local bands and big time performers in a pretty sweet setting. Check out some more chat and photos below. Continue reading →
The music portion of the SXSW festival doesn’t kick off until Wednesday but it’s almost as if we have our own SXSW taking place in Columbus tonight. Here’s what’s on tap:
Scion Rock Fest – featuring 24 metal band at 4 different clubs (The Newport, Skullys, The Circus, Bernie’s). Headliners include Shrinebuilder, Cannibal Corpse, Voivod, and Brutal Truth. Band descriptions and schedule here.
We told you back in December that Loretta Lynn will be headlining the 6th annual Nelsonville Music Festival in Nelsonville, Ohio, May 14-16. Now the fest has added some more noteworthy acts, including The Swell Season, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (pictured above), Billy Joe Shaver and Man Man, adding to the already impressive lineup with Lynn, Todd Snider, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Southeast Engine, Michael Hurley, Detroit Cobras and Those Darlins.
Some Columbus acts added to the bill, too: Lydia Loveless, The Spikedrivers and The Alwood Sisters.
Weekend passes are $40 through Feb. 28, after which they’ll go up to $45. Single-day passes go on sale in April. You can order tickets here. Full lineup after the jump, with more acts to be announced later. Continue reading →
It’s about time – along with a good contingent of Columbus music fans, I’ve been waiting on this debut by spitfire country-punk Lydia Loveless for what seems like years. And, as cliche as it sounds, the wait was worth it as The Only Man (Peloton Records) is a timeless collection of heart-weary tracks written by a 19-year-old well beyond her years.
Since the dawn of time, songwriters have been afforded the luxury of straddling the line between truth and fiction and it’s hard to tell just how much of Loveless’s real life she brings into her lyrics. If these songs are all true life testimonials, it’s a wonder Loveless isn’t in a mental institution or, worse, jail – maybe it’s the gift of song that is saving her soul. Continue reading →