Lilly Hiatt

Lilly Hiatt announces Walking Proof for 3/27

by Woody on January 13, 2020

Photo By David McClister

Lilly Hiatt is back with her follow up to 2017’s excellent Trinity Lane. Walking Proof will see the light of day on March 27th via the fine folks at New West. I saw Lilly this past weekend opening up for Hiss Golden Messenger and she played a couple of the new tracks. Get excited as this is shaping up to be a good one.

Following a whirlwind year of touring in support of Trinity Lane, and stripped of the daily rituals and direction of life on the road, Lilly found herself alone with her thoughts for the first time in what felt like ages. “When you’re out there on the road, you’re just kind of living, and you don’t have the chance to stop and think about how everything you’re experiencing is affecting you,” Lilly says. “When I got home, I realized there was a lot I needed to catch up on.” She did what’s always come most natural to her in times of questioning and uncertainty: she picked up a guitar.

As rewarding as Trinity Lane’s success was, the collection came from a emotionally challenging place, and Lilly found herself frequently visiting the hurt and struggle that inspired it as she spoke candidly to the press about her painful breakup, her struggles with sobriety, and the overwhelming sadness of her mother’s suicide. Rather than succumbing to the weight of it all, Lilly managed to emerge stronger and more serene from the experience, treating it as a foundation from which she could begin the essential work of re-examining her relationships and the world around her. “When I got that little gap in my schedule, it gave me the chance to appreciate some mental stillness,” Lilly says. “I can be a pretty anxious person, but I found a sense of peace by deconstructing all of these interactions and emotions I’d experienced and reconfiguring them into songs. It helped me make sense of everything and learn to relax.”

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Lilly Hiatt – Trinity Lane (album review)

by Woody on September 11, 2017

LILLY HIATT

PHOTO CREDIT: Alysse Gafkjen

Back in 2014, Lydia Loveless announced Somewhere Else and it was mostly met by indifference by myself. I had liked her 2011 effort, Indestructible Machine, but was far from chomping on the bit for her follow-up. But after a few spins of Somewhere Else, I realized just how much of a giant leap Loveless had taken and she’s since become one of my favorites. Reason I bring that all up is that is exactly how it played out with Trinity Lane.

Produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope, Hiatt opened up her soul for all to see on her third LP and it is stunning. Throughout the album she explores a recent breakup and giving up booze with unflinching honesty. On the lead single and one of the better tunes you’ll hear this year, The Night David Bowie Dies, Hiatt conflates the death of a hero with the crushing reality that she’s alone as her relationship is over. Every aspect of the track is done to perfection. She also mines the subject on Everything I Had and on both tracks, Hiatt isn’t all woe-is-me; she looks inward to shoulder some of the blame.

As for the recent expulsion of liquor from her life, the title track sees Hiatt enjoying her sobriety. She’s enjoying the little things in life from her home on Trinity Lane. But on I Wanna Go Home she revisits the hard-living nights of yesteryear.

This is a must listen for an artist that is clearly on a massive upswing.

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