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."
...at New York City concert
Lisa Marie Presley and her five-man band rocked the house last night (June 14, 2012) at Gramercy Theatre in New York City. Presley is currently on a mini-tour of the U.S. which she hopes will be followed by a major tour in the Fall, she told the audience. Dressed in an eye-catching red blazer and a long black skirt, the 44-year-old Presley seemed to be relaxed and at-ease as she belted out songs from her latest album, Storm and Grace.
Lisa Marie Presley and Band performed an Acoustic Session at Sirius/FM. She also did an interview for The Spectrum Channel.
Set list: Weary, Storm of Nails & Over Me.
Check out some candid shots of the session, and meet the band after the jump ...