Introducing Lucy Kitt (a female Neil Young w/ Joni Mitchell thrown in)
Peter sent me a message telling me I had to hear this artist and that he was considering playing her songs on his show even though she had no real official release beyond some EPs. Well I listened and yes she is that good. Very real and you certainly can hear the Neil Young influence and feel a Joni Mitchell vibe too.
Lucy Kitt hails from the South East of England and has been hard at work writing, recording and playing her music. Most recently she made it to California to play a date in San Francisco. And so the next generation is clearly on its way. A generation influenced by our living legends. But do they stand a chance in today’s world of Corporate sponsored music delivery? A world where increasingly pop stars are manufactured for mass consumption?
Hearing her now I am struck by how pure and real her music is with just the power of her voice and her acoustic guitar. Just the way Neil and Joni came up to be known in the folk scene. But it’s a different world today. Many artists start out with great potential and raw talent but then the music industry puts them into the machine and processes and produces them for mass consumption (ie: Adele). Let us hope she follows in the footsteps of her hero Neil Young and stays true to her own self and path and never loses her integrity. Something tells me she will.
It has been a long time since I have been so impressed by a new artist I’ve never heard before and listened to he entire EP and thought every song was outstanding! She certainly has what it takes to break through in my opinion.
Lucy got her start when she was 16 years old in an all girl grunge rock band called Ostara. She played guitar and wrote the tunes. Then during her years at a University she transitioned to a solo performer developing into more of a folk rock artist.
When asked what inspired her new album Lucy said: “A big inspiration of mine has always been honest and simple songwriters; the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr. All artists who wrote from the heart. I never force writing a song. It has to naturally flow, so much of my inspiration comes from life situations and personal experiences.”
Lucy was asked what her dream collaboration would be to which she replied: “I’d love to write with Neil Young. His songwriting is a big inspiration to me. I’d also love to sing with Emmy Lou Harris. Her country songs and voice is so legendary. I love her sound.”
On her new album Lucy strives for that classic Laurel Canyon sound and has been performing now for over 10 years. She has a fan base in the UK and Europe as well as California. Something tells me she will be more widely known soon. Hear Lucy’s new Album “Where I Belong here on BandCamp: