Lydia Loveless flawlessly mixes country and punk

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By Krystal Sidzyik, Senior Staff Writer

The trio known as Lydia Loveless took over the Waiting Room Lounge Tuesday, Jan. 17 to play a unique mix of country and punk. Tickets were $8 and the doors opened at 9 p.m. Gerald Lee Jr. opened the show for Lydia Loveless.

Lee took the stage at 9:30 and played an acoustic set that lasted about 30 minutes. His voice was powerful and demanding. His rustic country rock sound seemed to come straight from the past. Although some of his songs sounded similar, his lyrics kept the ears and eyes of the crowd glued to the stage. Lee is also the lead singer for The Filter Kings, a four-piece “western rebel honky-tonk” band from Omaha.

Loveless took the stage around 10:30 and played to a crowd of about 30 people. Although the crowd was smaller, the band rocked the stage as if the show was sold out. The trio is made up of Lydia Loveless on vocals and rhythm guitar, Benjamin Lamb on bass and Parker Chandler on drums. Both Lamb and Chandler were as entertaining to watch as they were to hear. They played their instruments with such liveliness it was obvious they were doing what they love to do: rock out.

Loveless’s sound is unlike anything I’ve heard before. Loveless described her sound as “rural rock” in an interview after the show. Her sound is blend of country legend Loretta Lynn and rock singer Hayley Williams of Paramore. She is the perfect balance of sound. Her voice is vigorous and bold as well as honeyed and round.

Loveless is only 21 years old and already has two albums to date.

“[Making music and touring] is always what I pictured myself doing,” Loveless said. “I would prefer not to be ultra-famous, but I would like to be successful and, in my opinion, that is just being comfortable.”

Her most recent album, “Indestructible Machine,” was released in September of last year. Spin Magazine gave the album eight out of 10 stars and The Boston Globe called it a “phenomenal record.” Loveless’s song “How Many Women” was featured on Fox’s TV show “Alcatraz” on Jan. 16.

Loveless is a starlet on the rise who should be closely watched. It’s a wonder there weren’t more people at the Waiting Room Lounge to witness such an amazing show.    

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