Tue, 15 January 2019
Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is LA musician Kim Lenz.
For the past 20+ years, Lenz was one of the most prominent female voices of the Rockabilly Revival movement. In 2019 she’ll release her new album Slowly Speeding, which represents a new direction for the LA-based songwriter and band leader. Featuring a more Americana-inspired sound and a renewed emphasis on lyricism and mood, Slowly Speeding will be released in February of next year.
“I started out in the '90s making traditional rockabilly music,” writes Lenz. “But in my journey to understand how rockabilly and rock & roll came into being, I found blues, rhythm & blues, gospel, Western swing, and country music.” Somewhere between the rock & roll of Southern California and the country swing of Texas was where Lenz cemented the gritty, half-yodel sound that fills Slowly Speeding.
That feminist ideal of resilience rises again and again throughout Slowly Speeding. “Mother Earth played a big part in this project,” Lenz says. “Pine trees, willow trees, the stars, the moon, the ground cracking, wild oaks, thunderstorms, rivers, the sea... nature as a metaphor for strong emotion and the strength of women.” Sex, too, plays its part, as it would in any great love story. “I think all the love and sex and nature go hand-in-hand to cement the feel of this record,” Lenz explains.