SOPHOMORE ALBUM, ROYAL BLUE, PRODUCED BY ADAM LANDRY
|LOS ANGELES, CA, June 10, 2015 – Lilly Hiatt is packing up the van and heading back on tour this week in support of her acclaimed sophomore album, Royal Blue. She’ll kick off the summer run this Thursday, June 11 at the four-day Twangfest taking place at Off Broadway in St. Louis and also featuring Lydia Loveless, Matthew Sweet, The Bottle Rockets and Cracker. The following week she will play two hometown shows back-to-back in Nashville – June 19 at Soulshine Pizza for local station WRLT’s Featured Artist of the Week live broadcast and June 20 for East Nashvillian’s inaugural East Side Social alongside The Features and Diarrhea Planet. In July, she’ll team up with indie folk singer-songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan for shows in NYC, DC, Baltimore and Cleveland.
Produced by Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs), Royal Blue, a bracing dance between pedal steel and synth, is a huge artistic leap forward for the fast rising singer-songwriter from East Nashville and one that has garnered considerable praise for its adventurousness and keen songwriting. Paste described the album as “a glorious tumble of influences – surf rock, Smiths vibes, Laurel Canyon twang and jangle, Sonic Youth flatline, Britpop flourishes, Seattle grunge and Joy Division meets Human League synthery,” while Southern Living declared: “Lilly Hiatt is poised to show that she has a lot more going for her than just a famous last name.” Nashville Scene called her one of the Music City’s best singer-songwriters and described the album as “alluringly sullen, shrewd and sharp,” adding, “Royal Blue is mixed more like an early ’90s Mazzy Star album, her vocals partially submerged in a sharp haze of guitar and synthesizer reverb.”Nashville Arts lauded Hiatt’s songwriting and vulnerability and hailed the album as “a dozen songs that smear the Pixies, Liz Phair, and Joy Division with hints of Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, or Sturgill Simpson’s postmodern rock/country.”
Royal Blue is not a well-behaved singer-songwriter album. Instead, it’s feisty and rough-around-the-edges, full of humor and bite and attitude from a woman who proclaims, “I’d rather throw a punch than bat my eye.” Hiatt hints at autobiography without sounding self-absorbed, as she transforms a rough patch of life into smart, sturdy, sometimes even hilarious songs that don’t sit squarely in any one genre. Over 12 tracks, Hiatt examines the vagaries of love and commitment but steadfastly refuses to romanticize any notion of romance. Singing in a barbed lilt full of deep worry and gritty determination in equal measure, she conveys emotions too finely shaded to be easily named, yet will be familiar to any listener who’s had their heart broken-or has broken a heart.
LILLY HIATT ON TOUR
June 11 – St Louis, MO @ Twangfest
July 3 - Knoxville, TN @ WDVX First Friday Live
July 4 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Muddy Creek Cafe
Sept 3 – Chicago, IL @ FitzGeralds
* with Aaron Lee Tasjan