Friday, December 08, 2006

Loretta Lynn's Rightful Heir?

My hipster friends have raved for years about Rilo Kiley, a prog rock/indie/alt country act featuring actor Jenny Lewis on vocals and guitar.

I resisted, well, because Rilo Kiley seemed to be a bit too insider Hollywood, reminiscent of Keanu Reeves and Dogstar, or Jared Leto and his brother with 30 Seconds to Mars. Vanity projects, even if from extravagantly talented people. But Rilo Kiley kept coming up on SomaFM, my favorite internet radio station.

Definitely, Jenny has a tuneful voice, though she used to stretch it a bit too far from time to time, almost parodying herself.

But on this project, it is so rich and vibrant in a coal miner's daughter way that it's hard to believe she's been in show business almost since she was born, and didn't grow up in a shotgun shack in Appalachia. Her voice is maturing into a soulful instrument of great beauty, and it is great to listen to her grow artistically.

So when Jenny Lewis teamed up with the wonderfully harmonic Watson Twins on "Rabbit Fur Coat," I bought it from iTunes, on the strength of the single, "Rise Up With Fists." The Watson Twins are stars in their own right.

Here's a clip from the Sarah Silverman show. Ignore the annoying laugh track. Not sure what's that all about.


Anonymous Lisa Snider said...

Speaking of Loretta Lynn, what do you think of her collaboration of Jack White of the White Stripes?

12/10/2006 8:46 AM  
Blogger Bret Bradigan said...

Van Lear Rose was definitely one of my top picks for '04. Jack White is a musical mastermind. The Raconteurs collaboration "Broken Toy Soldier" is one my top picks for '06.

12/10/2006 10:37 AM  

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