2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Lilly Hiatt

Wednesday, March 18
11:00PM - 11:40PM

The Velveeta Room
521 E 6th St


Royal Blue, the second album by East Nashville firebrand Lilly Hiatt, is about the majesty
of melancholy—or, as she explains it, “accepting the sadder aspects of life and finding
some peace in them.” A dance between pedal steel and synths, the album examines the
vagaries of love and commitment but steadfastly refuses to romanticize any notion of
romance. Singing in a barbed lilt full of deep worry and gritty determination in equal
measure, she conveys emotions too finely shaded to be easily named, yet will be
familiar to any listener who’s had their heart broken—or has broken a heart.
This is, in other words, not a well-behaved singer-songwriter album. Instead, it’s feisty
and rough-around-the-edges, full of humor and bite and attitude from a woman who
proclaims, “I’d rather throw a punch than bat my eye.” Royal Blue hints at autobiography
without sounding self-absorbed, as Lilly transforms a rough patch of life i...

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