Lydia Loveless - Country Edge

With country music constantly playing in her parent’s house and during long rides in the car, Lydia Loveless had the art of twang and heartbreak impounded into her brain from a very early age by the likes of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. However, it wasn’t without some teenage angst and rebellion tossed into the mix. The combination results in a sound that could easily be heard on the corners of Second and Broadway in Nashville with lyrics that sound like they would be more at home at a punk club in the bowery – an edgy Grand Ole Opry.

“I really think punk and country have a lot in common,” says Loveless. “They are both pretty simple to play, and you can really sing about anything you want from politics to getting drunk and it’s going to fit.”

Topics on her new record, The Only Man, range from the not-so-teenage Disney-themed songs about girls who suck, to her father shooting the only man that she ever loved and then taking revenge for it. Most of her music touches on heavy drinking, boyfriends and could be classified as adult-themed, even though she has put it all on record at the age of 19. She’s been playing music live in some capacity since she was 13.

“At some point when I was growing up, I saw some video on MTV or something and just realized that I could be famous just for singing. It was a foreign concept to me,” says Loveless. “I started writing songs and playing music with my sister, and music was really what I wanted to do from that point on.”

After playing in her sister’s band, Carson Drew, who was a one-show Bernie’s punk band, she has graced the stage of several stages from Columbus to Brooklyn; most recently she got to play at the Nelsonville Music Festival where one of her idols, Loretta Lynn, was headlining. She played her brand of in-your-face country to one of her largest crowds yet, and the reception she received was inspiring.

“I had all of these older people coming up to me telling me how much they liked the music I was playing,” says Loveless. “I was a little worried about what they would think when they heard some of the songs on the record.”

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