What do you do with a singer who cites two of her primary influences as Charles Bukowski and Britney Spears? You play her record. In the case of 21-year old Lydia Loveless, you play it over and over and over.
Hailing from a small farm in Coshocton, Ohio, the centerpiece of the county by the same name but otherwise lost in the middle of nowhere, Lydia Loveless turned to music as an antidote to small town life.
Breaking out of a town 1/10 the size of a Penn State football crowd, Loveless packed her kit with the influence of her musically inclined family — along with full knowledge of the Hank Sr. catalog– and struck out to make a record. The result is a set of music that makes us wonder: is Lydia Loveless the secret love child of Richard Hell and Loretta Lynn?
“Can’t Change Me,” from her debut set, Indestructible Machine, presents us with a voice that can pierce the air like a knife through your heart and a band that carries the mantle of the Clash from London to Lubbock and back again.
Watch out for Lydia.