Lydia Loveless’ ‘Real’ Appears on Billboard Heatseekers and Folk/Americana Charts



Lydia Loveless debuts with her highest first week sales ever with the release of her new album album Real, out now via Bloodshot Records, appearing at #6 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #7 on the Billboard Folk/Americana Chart. Loveless recently performed “Longer,” “Same To You” and “Out On Love” on “CBS This Morning: Saturday.”

Real continues to receive widespread critical acclaim:

“By finessing her musical ideas and illustrating how she processes prickly emotions, she’s created a rich alternate reality.”—NPR Music

“Lydia Loveless mixes desire with distraction in Real.”—NPR’s Fresh Air

“Tough Ohio roots rocker offers a kick-ass external shrug from inside a brutal relationship—it’s the kind of song that that’ll get you side-eyeing the liquor shelf at 9A.M.” —Rolling Stone

“Loveless continues to manifest a remarkable combination of bruised vulnerability and desperate longing, alongside a tough, self-deprecating resilience…”—The Boston Globe

“Lydia Loveless unleashes brutal honesty on Real.”—The Chicago Tribune

“…more refined and honest…”—Sound Opinions

“…an assault of crunchy power-pop, but behind the confident swagger are the tinge – and twang – of vulnerability.”—Rolling Stone Country

“Real is hinged on elements of doom-and-gloom country, passionate post-punk, and infectious power-pop. It’s a fittingly emboldened aesthetic for Loveless’ fiery songwriting.”—The FADER

“…a deep dive into heartache, replacing the moody blues with crunchy guitar and a country twang.”—Elle

“…a tough-as-nails meditation on a toxic relationship in free fall and the search for the softest possible landing that’s nowhere in sight.”—Vulture

“It’s like the Replacements soundtracking the sad aftermath of Big Star’s ‘Thirteen’—which is to say, it’s awesome.”—Stereogum

“…softer California rock, with echoes of Fleetwood Mac…”—American Songwriter

“No matter how far she ventures into new territories of sound, that powerful, lonesome wail, often breaking into fiery vibrato, carries her punk and honky-tonk roots along, the same way Paul Westerberg’s gritty sneer reveals his skid roots even on a horn-and-string-laden hit like ‘Can’t Hardly Wait.’”—Vice’s Noisey

“…Real represents both a distinct evolution of Loveless’ sound and an endearing continuation of her persona.”—Slant

In support of the release, Loveless confirmed additional dates this fall extending her ongoing North American tour with stops in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago and more. See below for complete tour dates.

Real was recorded at Sonic Lounge Studios in her home state of Ohio and was engineered and produced by Joe Viers (Dr. John, Twenty One Pilots). “I chose to work with Joe Viers, engineer and producer of my last three releases, again because I trust him completely not only with my music but with my words,” said Loveless. “There was a lot to say this time around and I wanted to return to that sort of playground and (sometimes literally) throw things at the wall. Whereas our previous records could be described as blunt or raw, this one I wanted to be known as honest, as true, as real (rimshot).”

Of the album Loveless says, “Because I feel like I spent my formative years flopping around like a fish, masking pain with substance abuse and somewhat ashamed of who I was—a hayseed, a phony, I felt—it was absolutely necessary for me to become a stronger, more confident human, or I was going to die. Real is my sort of love letter to that realization, that my existence was just as valid as any other.”

Loveless is joined on the album by Todd May (vocals, guitars, keys), Ben Lamb (bass), Jay Gasper (guitars, pedal steel, keys), George Hondroulis (drums, percussion, keys), Andy Harrison (guitar, keys) and Viers (percussion, guitar).

In 2011 Loveless released her second full-length album, Indestructible Machine, about which The Chicago Tribune says, “she conveys toughness, tenderness and humor with off-handed conviction.” Two years after the critical success of her breakout second record, Loveless released Somewhere Else. On Somewhere Else Loveless is less concerned with chasing approval—she scrapped an entire album’s worth of material—and more focused on fighting personal battles of longing, heartbreak and the aesthetic that comes along with them.

1. Same To You
2. Longer
3. More Than Ever
4. Heaven
5. Out On Love
6. Midwestern Guys
7. Bilbao
8. European
9. Clumps
10. Real

September 8—Columbus, OH —Ace Of Cups
September 9—Indianapolis, IN—The HiFi
September 10—Madison, WI—The Frequency
September 11—Milwaukee, WI—Colectivo on Prospect
September 14—Champaign, IL—The Accord
September 15—St. Louis, MO––The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
September 16––Louisville, KY––Zanzabar
September 17––Cleveland, OH––Grog Shop
September 22––Nashville, TN–– Americana Fest @ The Anchor
September 23––Nashville, TN–– Bloodshot and Pandora AmericanaFest Backyard Bash @ The Groove (solo)
September 24–Minneapolis, MN–First Avenue*
September 25–Sioux Falls, SD–The District*
September 28––Missoula, MT––The Wilma*
September 29––Seattle, WA––The Showbox*
September 30––Portland, OR––Wonder Ballroom*
October 1––Portland, OR––Wonder Ballroom*
October 2––Vancouver, BC––Rickshaw*
October 5––Sacramento, CA––Ace of Spades*
October 6––San Francisco, CA––The Fillmore*
October 7––San Francisco, CA––The Fillmore*
October 8––Stateline, NV––Montbleu Rescort Casino*
October 11––Los Angeles, CA––Teragram Ballroom*
October 12––Los Angeles, CA––Teragram Ballroom*
October 13––Solana Beach, CA––Belly Up*
October 14––San Luis Obispo, CA––The Fremont Theater*
October 15––Scottsdale, AZ––Live Wire*
October 18––Austin, TX––Antone’s
October 19––Houston, TX––Continental Club
October 21––Birmingham, AL––The Saturn
October 22––Atlanta, GA––Terminal West
November 4––Pontiac, MI––Pike Room
November 5––Toronto, ON––Adelaide Hall
November 6––Ithaca, NY––The Dock
November 7––Burlington, VT––Higher Ground
November 9––Portsmouth, NH––The Music Hall Loft
November 10––Allston, MA––Great Scott
November 11––Philadelphia, PA––MilkBoy
November 12––Charlottesville, VA––The Southern
November 13––Washington, DC––Rock & Roll Hotel
November 15––Pittsburgh, PA––Club Cafe
November 16––New York, NY––Bowery Ballroom
November 19––Chicago, IL––Metro
#with Tommy Stinson
*with Drive-By Truckers

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