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Jenny Lewis Ready To Take Off Her "Fur Coat"

Of the Oakland Press

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Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis

is on the last legs of promoting “Rabbit Fur Coat,” her critically acclaimed rootsy solo album with the Watson Twins. And while she’s enjoying her time away from the band, she feels like her fi rst solo sojourn has run its course.

“The shows have been really fun, and we’ve been able to go all over the world,” says Lewis, 30, who was recently in the studio recording Rilo Kiley’s next album for a 2007 release. “I think we’ve found something we’re really comfortable with, but I’m happy this is our last (tour). We haven’t had an opportunity to run it into the ground, if you know what I mean.”

Lewis began “Rabbit Fur Coat” as a vehicle for the “extra songs” she had that either didn’t make or weren’t right for Rilo Kiley’s albums.

“I guess I felt a need to record those songs so I wouldn’t forget them,” she explains.

And giving the twins credit was a bit of an homage to one of Lewis’ favorite albums, “Gonna Take a Miracle” by Laura Nyro and LaBelle 1971.

“That was my mother’s favorite record, too,” Lewis says. “I think I learned how to sing with that record. My mom and I would trade off; I’d take the Laura Nyro part and she’d take LaBelle, then we’d switch off. So doing this record was looking back to that fi rst record, I think.”

Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins perform at 8 p.m. Friday (October 6th)at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 963-6358 or visit

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