I've been trying to catch up with Lydia Loveless' live act for a while now. After hearing her LP, Somewhere Else, early last year, seeing her was a must. Something about her hard rocking country confessional style that captured my attention. I missed a show in Birmingham, a record store performance, and a festival near Auburn for a number of reasons, nothing I can recall at the moment. There were other near misses too, but those in my own state really sting, especially since I ranked Somewhere Else as one of my favorite albums of 2014. Those work night shows after a 90 minute drive to Nashville or Birmingham are killers though.
Anyway, all of that changed when I caught her act Saturday night at the High Watt in Nashville. The room was near capacity, and with my camera in hand, I took a spot just to the right of the microphone. I photographed for 3 songs, then tucked my camera in its bag, and settled in for one of the more electric performances I've seen in a while. Energetic and fun, even profane at times, Lydia is a natural on stage. Lydia and band turned in a fantastic performance from beginning to end. I'm anxious to hear more new material, and even see her live again. Listen to my favorite track from Somewhere Else, 'To Love Somebody' and check out my photos below.