Hard living, good songs

Lydia Loveless looks like she should be getting ready for her junior year in high school (prom, driver’s ed), but she sings like a hard-drinking 40 year-old divorcee with a penchant for pickup trucks and high heeled Dr. Scholls sandals. In a good way.

Here, she performs “Bad Way To Go” as part of the Sleepover Shows series:

On last year’s Indestructible Machine, the 21 year-old alt-country artist asserts that “Jesus was a wino” and sings, “I can’t go anywhere without being three sheets, I guess I’ll always be this god damn unhappy.” There’s also a song named for outlaw country musician Steve Earle. Or maybe it’s a different Earle. A different songwriting, famous-faced Earle of whom, Loveless, sings, “Steve Earle says the greatest country duos all start out like this, and I better call him back if I got his messages.”

She’s got appeal. It’s probably Loveless’ famous-in-country-music surname (which, it turns out, is a stage name). And the fact that she grew up with a dad who owned a country music bar. And that, thumbing her nose at the slick Nashville country of the day, indiscernible from top-40 pop, Loveless takes her cues from “everyone from Charles Bukowski to Richard Hell to Hank III.”

Loveless plays Jack of the Wood on Tuesday, July 24 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 day of show. Maiden Creek Lodge and Flyin A’s also perform.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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