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Interview:
Roches' mother-daughter team is a surprising collaboration
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Suzzy Roche confesses that doing shows with her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche is "not really something I ever thought we would do." But now that they are -- and have been for the past two years -- the pairing feels perfectly natural.

"It's really fun and I think it's interesting to people," Roche, the youngest of the three sisters who comprised the Roches vocal trio, says by phone from her home in New York. "And, you know, not everybody, I don't think, could travel with their mother like we do. I'm amazed she would want to do it."

The mother-daughter team -- her father is Suzzy's ex-husband Loudon Wainwright III -- came together to record the 2013 album "Fairytale and Myth," which was conceived as a fundraiser for Lucy's second solo album, "There's a Last Time For Everything." But the duo set was nominated for the Independent Music Awards' Best Singer/Songwriter Album, letting the duo take on a surprising life of its own.

"It happened organically," says Roche, 58. "I think in the case of Lucy it happened by osmosis. She was always on the road with (the Roches) ad also with Loudon. So on both sides we were all doing this and she was in the midst of it. So I think deep down it's not that strange for her to go out and sing with her parents because that's all she's ever seen us do."

Roche says Lucy actually "never really expressed an interest to get into (music) as a line of work" and was planning to be a teacher -- much to her mother's relief. "I definitely advised her against it," Roche says. "Then, the day after she got her master's degree, Rufus (Wainwright, her half-brother) asked her to go on the road with him and sing backgrounds and that was the end of it. She never came back."

The duo, meanwhile, plans to continue its partnership. Roche says she and Lucy are working on a second album that will be "a mixture of songs that people know, our own songs and also other songs, just a bunch of different ones. We're sort of catching it whenever we're both in town, so it hasn't really been decided what songs will wind up on there."

One of those might be something by Detroit rapper Eminem, which Roche says she's successful convinced her daughter to cover at some of their shows. "We love Eminem," Roche says. "We listen to Eminem on the road -- not all of his songs, but the ones he writes about his family, I think, are brilliant. Lucy has them memorized but she's too embarrassed to try them. But I think it's a great idea. I think it would be very interesting."

Lucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche

8 p.m. Tuesday, September 15.

The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor.

Tickets are $15. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

Web Site: www.theark.org

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