Country singer Lydia Loveless combines the honky-tonk twang of stars like Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline with the energy of recent favorites like Neko Case and Grace Potter. Her defiant tone and guitar playing got this 23-year-old some well-deserved recognition at SXSW last year, and her latest EP, Boy Crazy, was just a tease for her next album, Somewhere Else, which premieres Feb. 18 via Bloodshot Records.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Loveless talked about the poetic inspiration for the song “Verlaine Shot Rimbaud.”
“I was reading quite a bit of poetry for inspiration when I was writing the album, and Paul Verlaine’s work was particularly influential,” she told Rolling Stone. “He’s such a Debbie Downer. I love the story of him shooting Arthur Rimbaud in a drunken rage and not even doing a very good job at it. The song is based off that, but also any power struggle of a relationship, particularly a creative one. I personally love conflict in all my relationships. Maybe not enough to shoot someone, but, ya know.
Listen to and download the free mp3 of the singer’s “Verlaine Shot Rimbaud” via Rolling Stone here, preorder Somewhere Else via Bloodshot Records, and listen to the song “To Love Somebody” below.