Fresh from a string of great reviews for her recent 'Trinity Lane' release Lilly Hiatt has lined up a UK tour for April. The Michael Trent (Shovels & Rope) produced album finds Lilly dealing with her issues in a very personal way and musically her 90's Alt-Rock influences are very much to the fore. 'Trinity Lane' rocks, so the dates should be very cool. More about Lilly Hiatt including a new video from a recent Sitch Session, which shows another side of Lilly, + those all-important tour dates follows:
Lilly Hiatt April 2018 UK Tour.
Weds 18 April WITNEY Fat Lil’s
Thurs 19 April MANCHESTER Gullivers
Fri 20 April LEEDS Seven Arts
Sat 21 April NEWCASTLE Cluny
Sun 22 April BIRMINGHAM Kitchen Garden Café
Tues 24 April SHEFFIELD Greystones
Weds 25 April LONDON Nell’s Jazz & Blues Club
Thurs 26 April MILTON KEYNES The Stables
‘Trinity Lane’s 12-song set was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope and engineered by Andy Dixon at Trent’s Studio Bees in Johns Island, SC. In addition to Hiatt’s backing band, Trent is featured as a musician throughout, and is joined by his wife and Shovels & Rope partner Cary Ann Hearst for backing vocals on “Everything I Had.”
Trinity Lane was released in the US in summer 2017 to widespread critical acclaim with NPR Music calling it “courageous and affecting.” Rolling Stone Country added, “...the most cohesive and declarative statement of the young songwriter’s career.” Continuing, "The daughter of John Hiatt, she keeps the family tradition alive, mixing Southern influences - Americana, folk and left-of-center country - with a raw approach that’s better suited to the garage than the saloon.”
'Trinity Lane' is now available in the UK via New West Records.
The intensely personal, autobiographical album was written largely upon her return, in isolation, facing the issues she escaped while on the road. Every time she wanted a man, she picked up her guitar. Every time she wanted a drink, she picked up her guitar. Hiatt says, "Love will take you to the darkest places but also the most honest places if you let it. Learning how to love myself is something I’ve always been lousy with, and I spent some time on that. I thought about my sobriety, what that means to me, the struggles I’d had throughout the years, since I was a 27-year-old and hung up my toxic drinking habit. I thought about my mother, who took her own life when I was a baby, not far from my age at 30 years old, and I related to her more than ever.
As you can see, there was plenty of time spent on my own. I didn’t talk to that many folks, albeit a few close friends, and leaned into my family. I stayed away from men, and danced alone in the evenings, looking out my window observing my humble and lively neighborhood. I found power in being by myself. I found peace in the people I was surrounded with - we didn’t really know one another, but we smiled when passed on the street. One time I almost rear-ended an older woman in her car backing out of my driveway and I said, ‘Oh man, I’m just not used to any cars coming around this bend. She replied, ‘This is our little hideout, baby,’ And it really was." She continues, "After a while, I had all these songs to play, and wanted to share them. I wanted to get out of town to get some distance from everything, so after an ongoing conversation with Michael Trent, I took my band to Johns Island, SC and we holed up for a few weeks. I poured my heart out, and trusted them with it, and these guys gave it right back. I think we all understood what it’s like to question home, intention, demons, love...I think most people understand that."