Lisa Marie Presley having a music career is a can’t-win situation. Even if she’s good – as she was Monday in kicking off her first tour in more than five years at Philadelphia’s World Café Live – the standard against which she’s measured is her father, Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll.
The audience was dancing, too.
And can’t-win be damned, it was a winner.
Lisa Marie Presley's first tour in four years stopped in Boston for her adoring fans. Her first album in seven years, "Stone & Grace" with a deep and sensual voice was highlighted.
The daughter of the "King of Rock" delivered on slow ballads "Weary" and "Soften the Blues." Lisa Marie interacted with her following in a rousing set, backed by a seasoned five-piece band.
The night ended with an encore of the roaring "Lights Out" and Tom Petty's classic "Breakdown" with the crowd standing and satisfied.
The experience may not rival that of a Disney princess being dressed every morning by fluttery cartoon animals, says Lisa Marie Presley. But residing in the English countryside in a little thatched-roof cottage she purchased two years ago comes pretty "Snow White" close.
"It is so much like a fairy tale that it blows your mind," says the singer, 44, who wound up relaunching her career from Britain with the folksy new T Bone Burnett-produced comeback "Storm & Grace."
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."
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
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.