Though her father remains the reigning king of rock and roll, Lisa Marie Presley hasn't forgotten her Southern folk roots.
"Nothing was planned or contrived in any way and out of it came a very organic record that was always inside of me," Presley says of Storm and Grace, her first album in 7 years. "It's this bluesy-folksy record I'm incredibly proud to have made."
When Lisa Marie Presley began writing music again after a seven-year layoff, she wasn't sure where it would lead.
"There was no agenda," Elvis Presley's only child said. "I was given the freedom and space to find myself again, to start again and get a fresh perspective. I didn't know what was going to come of it. I was half expecting nothing was going to happen."
If you think you know Lisa Marie Presley, then think again.
The 44-year-old singer, who appears at Casino Rama on Nov. 15, has spent most of her life in the shadow of famous men like her father (Elvis, of course) and ex-husbands like Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage.
"I know that's how people have always looked at me," she says on the phone from California, speaking in a husky voice that has a definite don't-mess-with-me edge to it. "To tell you the truth, it's how I used to look at myself and that was not a healthy thing to do, but it was something I was just born into."
If you weren't hoarse from screaming your lungs out in joy at the Lisa Marie Presley concert at Nashville's Exit/In last night, then you need to get your hearing checked. Or perhaps you need to stay listening to dull music sung by people who have no hand in writing and producing their own stuff. Last night was an incredible show.