Musician combines punk and country sound at the Mill

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 01, 2011 7:20 AM

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Lydia Loveless uses punk influences to add style to her country sound, making her anything but a conventional songwriter.

Her rich and powerful voice can be heard at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Mill, 120 E. Burlington St. Admission is $8.

The 21-year-old was first introduced to music when she was living on a farm in Ohio as a child. Her father owned a country-music bar, so she was continually surrounded by the sounds of guitars and banjos. Many of the musicians stayed with her family while they were in town to perform, and it showed her what the music business was like.

As Loveless got older, she decided to leave her country roots behind and head to the city.

She then fell in love with the sounds and rhythms of punk music and realized it was an element that she wanted to incorporate. She looked at the work of Charles Bukowski, Richard Hell, and Hank III while figuring out what her musical style would be.

Loveless now brings a punk vibe to her classic country roots for a performance sure to please audiences.

— by Samantha Gentry

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