Lilly Hiatt

Lilly Hiatt

biography

Lilly Hiatt returned with Trinity Lane on August 25th, 2017. The 12-song set was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope and engineered by Andy Dixon at Trent’s Studio Bees in Johns Island, SC. It is the follow up to her acclaimed sophomore album Royal Blue, which Paste Magazine described as “a glorious tumble of influences – surf rock, Smiths vibes, Laurel Canyon twang and jangle, Sonic Youth flatline, Britpop flourishes, Seattle grunge and Joy Division meets Human League synthery.” In addition to her backing band, Trent is featured as a musician throughout, and is joined by his wife and Shovels & Rope partner Cary Ann Hearst for backing vocals on “Everything I Had.” Lilly’s love of the ‘90s alt-rock she was raised on continues to shine through on Trinity Lane in the distressed guitars and urgent backbeats. She cites the Pixies, Breeders, Dinosaur Jr., and her favorite, Pearl Jam as influences, but there is also something distinctly Americana lurking in the songs. Rolling Stone Country premiered the Michael Carter-directed video for the album’s title track HERE, stating, “The daughter of John Hiatt, she keeps the family tradition alive, mixing Southern influences – Americana, folk and left-of-center country – with a raw approach that’s better suited to the garage than the saloon. The album’s title track is no exception…the song finds Hiatt making peace with her old demons, while guitars crash and pianos chime in the background.” They continued, “‘Trinity Lane’ is an empowerment anthem stocked with details from Hiatt’s everyday life, from the name of her street to the smell of her neighbor’s cooking.”

After moving out of an ex’s house, Hiatt settled into a new apartment off of Trinity Lane in her East Nashville neighborhood and went on tour with friend John Moreland to the West Coast and back. The intensely personal, autobiographical album was written largely upon her return, in isolation, facing the issues she escaped while on the road. Every time she wanted a man, she picked up her guitar. Every time she wanted a drink, she picked up her guitar. Hiatt says, “Love will take you to the darkest places but also the most honest places if you let it. Learning how to love myself is something I’ve always been lousy with, and I spent some time on that. I thought about my sobriety, what that means to me, the struggles I’d had throughout the years, since I was a 27-year-old and hung up my toxic drinking habit. I thought about my mother, who took her own life when I was a baby, not far from my age at 30 years old, and I related to her more than ever. As you can see, there was plenty of time spent on my own. I didn’t talk to that many folks, albeit a few close friends, and leaned into my family. I stayed away from men, and danced alone in the evenings, looking out my window observing my humble and lively neighborhood. I found power in being by myself. I found peace in the people I was surrounded with – we didn’t really know one another, but we smiled when passed on the street. One time I almost rear-ended an older woman in her car backing out of my driveway and I said, ‘Oh man, I’m just not used to any cars coming around this bend. She replied, ‘This is our little hideout, baby,’ And it really was.” She continues, “After a while, I had all these songs to play, and wanted to share them. I wanted to get out of town to get some distance from everything, so after an ongoing conversation with Michael Trent, I took my band to Johns Island, SC and we holed up for a few weeks. I poured my heart out, and trusted them with it, and these guys gave it right back. I think we all understood what it’s like to question home, intention, demons, love…I think most people understand that.”

news

Lilly Hiatt Makes NPR’s 100 Artists to Watch at SXSW
Six New Frontier Artists Make Alternate Root Top 100 Albums of 2017
New Frontier Artists Make No Depression’s Favorite Albums of 2017
Will Hoge, Lilly Hiatt on 25 Best Country Songs of 2017
New Frontier Artists Take Over Rolling Stone’s “40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017”
Lilly Hiatt Makes Paste’s “50 Best Songs of 2017”
Lilly Hiatt’s “Trinity Lane” Wins Nashville Scene’s “Best Americana Album” Award
Lilly Hiatt Covers Petty’s “Walls” With Aaron Lee Tasjan
New Frontier Artists Shine at 2017 AmericanaFest
NPR Premieres Lilly Hiatt’s Trinity Lane

TOUR DATES

Date City Venue
May 15 Evanston, IL SPACE
May 16 Indianapolis, IN The Hi-Fi
May 17 Kalamazoo, MI Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
May 18 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
May 19 Toronto, ON The Great Hall
May 20 Albany, NY Hart Theatre @ The Egg
May 21 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
May 23 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live – Downstairs
May 24 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 25 Fall River, MA Narrows Center for the Arts
May 26 Hamden, CT The Ballroom at The Outer Space
May 27 Amagansett, NY Stephen Talkhouse
May 29 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
May 30 Raleigh, NC Stag’s Head Music Hall
May 31 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
Jun 01 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music
Jun 02 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
Jun 07 Newark, OH The Ballroom at Thirty One West
Jun 08 Greensburg, PA SummerSounds
Jun 09 Madison, IN RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts
Jun 15 Steelville, MO The Soda Fountain
Jun 16 Lacygne, KS Tumbleweed Music Festival
Aug 04 Appleton, WI Mile Of Music
Aug 07 Rockford, IL Anderson Japanese Gardens – Tuesday Evening in the Gardens
Aug 08 Davenport, IA The Raccoon Motel
Aug 10 Spring Green, WI The Shitty Barn Sessions
Aug 11 Burlington, WI Tall Tales Music Festival
Aug 30 Durham, NC Music on the Lawn
Sep 08 Winchester, TN Rising Sun Music Festival
Sep 23 Franklin, TN Pilgrimage Music Festival
Sep 28 Columbus, OH Ohio Theatre

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