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Interview:
Lydia Loveless taps into greater array of influences on new album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Since she started releasing her own albums about four years ago, Lydia Loveless has faced suggestions about what kind of music she should be doing.

Then she learned to ignore them.

"I've had people tell me I should be a soul singer or more of a country singer or something in the 'American Idol' vein, like 'What's the highest note you can hit?' " says the Ohio singer-songwriter whose brand of rock leans towards rootsy and Americana fare but still packs some punky energy. "I guess that's what's going to happen as a woman, if you have a good voice.

"I've goten to a point now where I feel like I'm doing what I want to so much taht I don't really care what people say. I just decided to write the songs I'm going to write and they're going to sound the way they sound, and I hope they can deal with that."

Loveless, who previously played with her siblings and their father in the band Carson Drew, has just released her third full-length album, "Somewhere Else." The goal, she says, was simple -- 'I just wanted to make a good record, I guess.' -- but Loveless is satisfied that the record takes listeners somewhere different than 2011's lauded "Indestructible Machine."

"I wanted to sort of introduce some of the influences I've discussed with people for years but never felt like I was representing," she says. "I've talked al ot about Richard Hell, so the guitar work really shows how that would be a huge influence. And I've talked a lot about the influence of 70s rock and Fleetwood Mac, which I don't think I've ever shown people before.

"It's not like I was trying to mimic these people, exactly. I just wanted to tape into my different influences and let people see where I come from a little more."

Lydia Loveless, Rattletrap and Jeremy Porter & the Tucos perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. Tickets are $10-$15. Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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