A more-country-than-rock-tinged eulogy for a friend
Why you should care:
The leading single for alt-country artist Lydia Loveless’s latest album, “Real”, (set to release on August 19 via Bloodshot Records), revolves around a real loss in the musician’s life. According to a For the Country Record interview, the death of close friend (and guitarist for The Girls) Joey Blackheart, spurred her to pen this song.
Opening with a muted guitar riff that is more likely to appear on a punk record, the song soon takes on a more traditional country sound that seems more appropriate for the lyrics: “Around 11 AM / burn breakfast again / but I don’t know what I was doin’ / something that I saw on TV, it’s true”. The shock of an unexpected loss can be hard to deal with, let alone write about, but Lydia Loveless does it with heart. Those listening to the music will hear a country song that should be on the radio, but those listening to the words will find something much more than that.