Lindsay Lou brings Americana "Southland" to The Palms on Friday, Nov. 2

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Lindsay Lou (pictured) will bring her band and latest album, “Southland,” to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. (G. Laura Partian/courtesy photo)

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Lindsay Lou has been making soulful, poignant music for the last decade, and her talents as a singer, songwriter, musician and performer have won her acclaim. Her singing floats over her band’s deep groove with both a fierce intensity and a tender intimacy. Named one of the 12 best live performances of the year by NPR Music in 2015, Lou’s sound combines her sturdy bluegrass roots with progressive Americana and folk. Lindsay Lou will bring her band and her new album, “Southland,” to The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Released in April, Lou’s fourth album is a transformative and heart-wrenching ten-song offering. Her voice carries each song on “Southland” forward, and bandmates Josh Rilko (mandolin, vocals) and PJ George (bass, vocals) and special guests add instrumental potency. “Southland” kicks off with “Roll With Me,” an expansive anthem with Lou’s robust vocals on full display. The lazy, beautiful harmonies on “Go There Alone” counter the lonely and bittersweet message. The title track is about the natural beauty of the South, which to Lou adds a sense of calm and connectedness to a region known too often for its divisiveness. Having recently left her home state of Michigan to put down roots in Nashville with the band, the influence of this change is felt throughout the themes and ideas expressed on “Southland.” Though songs like “The Voice” and “Southland” were spurred on by more abstract ideas and words, they transformed as collaborators started freestyling with their instruments and Lou simply sang what came to mind. Born the daughter of a coal miner in middle Missouri, Lindsay Lou moved to Michigan with her family shortly after she was born. Her family was close knit, musical, and heavily influenced by her maternal grandmother’s radical ideals and zest for life. Lou’s grandmother—a woman who was once put in jail during the Civil Rights Movement for teaching a lesson on the “f” word as a high school literature teacher—remains one of her greatest influences. Armed with her activist spirit, Lou’s grandmother set up a Christian commune in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for her growing family of 12, as well as some stragglers. Lou recalls growing up surrounded by music as well as a sense of community, so when the time came for her to join a band, it felt like finding a home away from home. The skills she honed learning to sing and play with her family led to a wide variety of musical opportunities, including a scholarship to an elite summer program at Interlochen. Today, Lou and her band tour nationally and internationally. Notable U.S. festivals play include Telluride Bluegrass festival, Merlefest, Stagecoach, Strawberry,Redwing, GreyFox and a slew of others. Abroad, they have appeared at Scotland’s Shetland Island Folk Fest and the Celtic Connections tour, Australia’s National Folk Festival and others. Reflecting on Lou’s live show, UK-based fRoots Magazine said, “…[Lindsay Lou is] the most affectingly expressive singer since Amy Winehouse, backed by the new Punch Brothers.” The Boot, which featured Lindsay Lou Band as a “Can’t Miss Act at AmericanaFest 2018, said, “Lou brings introspection and masterful vocal work to her live show.” After catching the Lindsay Lou Band at a recent festival, bluegrass musician David Grier said, “Lindsay…sings the way you would want to if’n you could. Phrasing, tone, emotion, it’s all there. Effortless, seemingly. Simply mesmerizing. Riveting! Don’t miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou.” Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and lindsayloumusic.com.]]>

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