When Holly Golightly started the Brokeoffs with Lawyer Dave back in 2007, it was, she says, "a fun, one-off thing to do as far as I was concerned."
Eight years and six albums later, however, it's clearly become much more than that.
"Y'know we put out that first (album) and then we took ourselves off and did a little three-week stint down the East Coast, and it went pretty good," the British-born singer and songwriter, who now resides with Lawyer Dave in rural Georgia, says by phone from a tour stop in Portland, Maine. "I didn't know what it would be like playing as a duo. Dave had played upright bass in my touring band for quite a long time before that, and he made a little drum kit and the whole thing got a bit silly, but in a good way.
"And here we still are. It got silly and we keep going."
Golightly, 49, acknowledges that working in the Brokeoffs -- which released a new album, "Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda," last month -- is more streamlined than her previous experiences in the bands Thee Headcoats and Thee Headcoatees as well as the larger groups she took in the road earlier in her solo career. But that doesn't mean she and Lawyer Dave always see eye to eye.
"It's more of a 50-50 opinion on everything now, that's the main difference," notes Golightly, who guested at the White Stripes's 2003 album "Elephant." "Previously I was in a band with seven people, and after that it was a four-piece where it was really my thing and they were my puppets and had to go along with what I wanted, even though I trusted their judgment completely.
"But now, yes, I have to cave in sometimes to things not being the way I want them to be. There are still songs in the set that aren't my favorites, but if one us likes doing something and is really adamant about it, then for the sake of a quiet life, really, you cave in."
Nevertheless, Golightly is happy with "Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda," on which she says the duo achieved its goal "to not be like the others," primarily by incorporating more instrumentation and even bringing in a third party, Jeff Walls from the Woggles and Gaudalcanal Diary, to play additional guitar.
"It probably sounds a lot bigger than the last few records, I think," Golightly says. "We put in a lot more from the production side. Dave plays piano pretty well and most string instruments pretty well, so he got to put more flourishes on things. We had a little more time to get it done, and the types of songs we did are somewhat different -- certainly different than you'd expect from a duo, so we really enjoyed it."
Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs
Wednesday, Nov. 4. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Small's, 10339 Conant Road, Hamtramck.
Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 day of show.
Call 313-873-1117 or visit smallsbardetroit.com.
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