Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Following in her father's famous footsteps, Lisa Marie Presley has made it in the music industry in her own right. Her music is steeped in southern roots and is a hybrid of blues, country and folk. She will be in concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. She recently released her third album, "Storm and Grace," produced by acclaimed producer T-Bone Burnett.
Presley was born in 1968. She was married to Michael Jackson in the 1990s and later was briefly married to actor Nicolas Cage. In 2006, she married guitarist Michael Lockwood, who tours with her and serves as her band's musical director.
In her interview, Presley spoke about her new album, the upcoming show, and the gossip and misconceptions that always seem to pop up when her name is mentioned.
Q: What can fans expect at the show?
Lisa: "It's really intimate. The record is really intimate so the venues are intimate; they're smaller theaters mostly. I like that."
Q: Can you tell me about the new album?
Lisa: "It was just the next record. (After my last album) I changed a lot of my life, and got rid of a lot of things, and moved around a lot, and went to a different country (England), and wrote, and this is what came of it. T-Bone Burnett liked the demos, thank god, and I liked him so he produced it. "
Q: What was working with T-Bone like?
Lisa: "He was incredibly inspiring. I've worked with a lot of incredible people, I've been blessed to be able to do that, but he was by far my favorite. I adore him and I sort of adopted him or made him adopt me anyhow."
Q: What's your songwriting process like?
Lisa: "I'm like a conduit. I start singing and I start coming up with a melody. Melodies start coming to me, I don't know where they come from but they come, then the lyrics come and I labor over those for hours until I get a song how I want it."
Q: What's your approach as a singer, do you have to practice a lot or does it come naturally?
Lisa: "I don't practice, I should. It's all natural, for better or worse. All I do is warm my voice up; I warm it up so it will do what I want. That's pretty much all I care about."
Q: Obviously music is in your genes. What did you learn about music and performing from your father?
Lisa: "I don't know. I think his music was so embedded in my DNA so early that was the first thing I ever heard, that was part of my initial introduction into music."
Q: You were close to both the King of Rock and King of Pop, (Michael Jackson). Did you learn anything from their performance styles?
Lisa: "I don't get into that (Michael Jackson) while I'm doing pre-interviews before shows. Like I said, I've been blessed to work and be around lots of incredible people and I'm sure it's all had an impact on me in some way."
Q: I know you tour with your husband and guitarist. Do you enjoy touring together?
Lisa: "It's great. I'm really glad that he doesn't tour without me. We met touring, so that's what we know and it works really well. "
Q: Any misconceptions about you that seem to pop up consistently?
Lisa: "There's misconceptions about me constantly, there's so many I can't even stay up on them. It's obviously frustrating but it happens. "
Q: Any in particular?
Lisa: "You know, I can just Google my name, or watch my daily Google alert, and most of what pops up are misconceptions. Nowadays things just start going. They don't even call to see if it's true or ask you about anything. It just starts to take a life of its own and go viral. "
Q: So gossip has gotten worse in the digital age?
The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield. Friday, 8 p.m. $35 or $45. 203-438-5795, www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org.