"My name is Lou, I play guitar, write songs, and sing them" Introducing Lil' Lost Lou
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Hey Lou, how the devil are you?
I'm really good thanks. Just hurtling down the motorway at the moment ..not driving... just the passenger... have been travelling round the UK on holiday for four days... been to Holy Island and Farne Islands... saw puffins and seals and my life is now complete.
Can you introduce yourselves to our readers?
Well my name is Lou and I play guitar and write songs and sing them ..Been doing it a long time and go under the name of Lil’ Lost Lou... cos its country init’.
Tell us a bit about your background? And how you first got into music?
I got into music through my dad probably. He wanted to be an opera singer but became an engineer instead but always regretted it so had lots of music around... lots of different genres but mainly opera and classical and old swing and jazz... stuff like Bix Biederbeck, Django Rhinehardt, etc, and he had records by these two called Layton and Johnston and I was really inspired by that old time stuff... especially lyrically, how the lyrics work and the harmonies, a lot of old musicals too. I love musicals, especially kids ones like Wizard of Oz, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, etc.
What can you tell us about your self-titled debut?
Oh it's a long story that is in the liner notes when you buy the album. But... the basics are that I spontaneously one day booked a ticket to the USA and booked a studio in Nashville and completed a journey that I started many years before.
You had quite an experience making the album; how did you end up in Nashville at the Welcome to 1979 Studio?
Actually I just thought the name of the studio sounded cool and I liked that it was all analogue so I just emailed them and asked them if I could turn up in a couple of weeks and they said OK, sure...
How did you approach songwriting for the album?
All the songs were already written. I'd been playing them a while with my London band but we split up before I could record an album so I thought "sod it I'm off to Nashville and gonna get a load of musicians who aren't allowed to argue with me" Ha Ha.
So much of today’s UK country is pop-heavy, how did you get such an authentic country sound to you music?
Cos I'm authentic init’. Eerrr I don't really think my album is authentic country. It's very avant-garde in comparison to Hank. I mean it has reference to Warren Zevon in there, Nancy Sinatra etc. Even Bowie even so not really that authentic country but I agree it isn’t a shit pop album pretending to be country.
You’ve shared the stage (or a tour) with a fair few acts, who have you learnt from?
Hmmm I think I learnt a lot from Wanda Jackson. We supported her a couple of times and she is like in her 70’s I think, and her professionalism was so different to what we consider pro behaviour today. She is a proper pro... an entertainer... I noticed how she directed the band to her groove.
Probably my favourite track on the album is ‘Song for Bob Dylan’, what can you tell me about that song?
I wrote the first part of the song 20 years ago based on a poem by Bob Dylan called ‘Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie’ where it says that one day if you're looking for hope you'll find it at the Grand Canyon at sun down. I went to find hope at the Grand Canyon 20 years ago but my dad died before I could get there so I had to fly home to the funeral and never went back till this album. Like I said the story is in the liner notes. It's quite emotional too so don't like to keep writing it over and over as I'm often asked it, so best buy the album if anyone is interested!
Which song on the album best represents you?
That one, 'Song For Bob Dylan'.
What have you enjoyed most so far about the whole recording / releasing cycle?
Without doubt the best bit was playing with those guys. They were amazing. I mean you can’t make it up, I felt like I was famous. The musicians are incredible and have a CV that reads like a who’s who of country music. I mean honestly, when the bloke standing next to you and playing in your band has played with Johnny Cash for years it's kinda jaw dropping.. such a privilege and an honour.
What does the rest of 2017 hold for you?
I've got a band together locally and we are doing a few shows and I'm also releasing more of my home made videos, singles from the album. If you haven't seen the one I did already please watch it - 'He Put A Hook In Me' - I'm really proud of it cos I made it all myself.
Have you got a favourite place you’ve played live?
The King Charles pub in Kings Cross. I'm a regular there. But I really love playing outdoor festivals. The Red Rooster Festival was awesome fun.
And where’s the strangest place you’ve played live?
Hmmm. Possibly the church St Eusyswyth in Folkestone. Freaking everyone out with my rendition of 'I’ll Fly Away', oh lordy…
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
'Count your Blessings and Smile' by George Formby
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
You've done pretty well, I like your questions... but you should have asked ‘if you could have sex with anyone living in the whole world, who would it be?”
What are you doing next today?
On the motorway currently so just carrying on trying to get home and have a beer. Then I have to make a mermaid as I've had a couple of sales since i've been away... oh I make jewelry as my other job, mainly mermaids and unicorns and anchors.
Finally, how do you take your coffee? (Or alcohol?)
Black coffee, strong booze.
Thanks so much for your time Lou, we're huge fans of your record.
Thanks, I love you too.
If you want to know more about Lou then you can visit her website, follow her chat on Twitter, or get updates from Facebook. Her self-titled debut is streaming everywhere now; including Tidal.