Late in 2011, Columbus, Ohio native Lydia Loveless released her second album, Indestructible Machine. Recorded in two days, with only one take on the vocals, it was a raw, heartfelt firecracker of a record that couldn’t be ignored. Carried by the impossible strength of Loveless' voice, and the almost shocking maturity of her songwriting (at the time she recorded Machine, Loveless was 20 years old) the record quickly shot to the top of many critics year end best of lists – ours included – with Chicago music critic Greg Kot giving the record 3.5 out of 4 stars, calling Loveless “a major new voice blowing into the country-punk dives and honky-tonks.” High praise indeed, but well deserved.
After a year of criss-crossing the country riding the crest of that wave, Loveless’ travels finally brought her to DC last Tuesday. Standing at barely five feet tall, she took the stage to an already packed Back Room at The Black Cat (she was opening for blues-punker Scott H. Biram) and delivered a stripped down, gut wrenching performance that was anything but diminutive.