Lisa Marie Presley dabbled in mainstream pop on 2005 album "Now What," but she has returned with a roots-rock sound more akin to Cowboy Junkies than Christina Aguilera.
"It seems more natural," Presley said during a phone interview. "I'm not over-doing things or over-singing to try to prove something. I'm simply following a melody."
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If you're going to listen to Lisa Marie Presley, the first thing you need to realize is that while she might be the daughter of the king of rock 'n' roll, she is not the same person. Times are different, and it would be unfair and downright silly to hold her to the same standards of her father. She'll always be regarded as a sort of princess, but she's not going to change the face of the music industry; on the other hand, it's hard to say if there's room for any artist to do that again.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the musical storm that singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Presley brought to the intimate club setting of Slim's in San Francisco while on her promotional mini-tour for her new album "Storm & Grace". My first observation was the mixed crowd that Lisa draws. It was an eclectic mix of people there to hear good music, some to gawk, some LMP fans decked out in "pirate" gear and other randoms who are always drawn by the Presley name with their preconceived notions and personal expectations.
CHICAGO, IL - Singer Lisa Marie Presley throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago White Sox take on the Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field on June 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Lisa Marie Presley has lived under the guise of a big top since the time she was born.
Her new album, "Storm & Grace," picks up stakes and removes the tent.
For her first album in five years, Presley sings with a sense of rural vulnerability not heard on her two previous recordings. "Storm & Grace" (Universal Republic/XIX Entertainment) was produced by Americana music go-to guy T Bone Burnett.
You wouldn't think the casual confines of the World Cafe Live could cause any trepidation for someone who is double musical royalty. But when Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and onetime wife of Michael Jackson, took the stage at the Walnut Street club Monday night, she was tight as a crossbow. It was only after she and her band worked through "So Long," a swampy jump with Doug Pettibone's mandolin discordantly riffing against the tide, and the crowd began to cheer, that you could see relief flood Presley's face. "It's been seven years," she said. "You have to give me a minute. I have to get my stage legs back."