Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Los Angeles-based rockabilly-roots musician Kim Lenz to release “Follow Me” album about the break-up with the life she once knew.

Black Book premieres “Pay Dearly” single as Lenz preps to wrap US tour with Mimosa Music Series appearance in Hollywood.


Kim Lenz as photographed by Joseph Cultice



“Pay Dearly” is the latest single from the new album “Follow Me” by Kim Lenz and The Jaguars


Check out the premiere of “Pay Dearly” by Kim Lenz and The Jaguars via Black Book

Check out the premiere of “Follow Me” by Kim Lenz and The Jaguars via CMT Edge


“Lenz sings her rockabilly odes with the sort of randy sass that would have been considered unladylike in the King’s court.” – People

Los Angeles-based musician Kim Lenz has been cultivating her take on rockabilly since 1998, releasing three albums, including a pair for Hightone Records – one of the most influential labels in the genre – and playing hundreds of dates around the world.  Already a recognized force on the roots music scene, Lenz is now poised for a breakthrough with her upcoming album Follow Me, out next week.

“Like most of the songs I write, this one came to me in the night,” Lenz says of “Pay Dearly” the album’s opening number, which premieres today via Black Book Magazine. “I woke up with the first verse fully formed, and after waking up four more times that night, I had ‘Pay Dearly.’ It’s a song about what you will do, what you will give up, what you will ultimately pay for something taken away from you that you dearly want back.”  Follow Me was produced by roots music icon Carl Sonny Leyland, and recorded by Los Straitjackets bassist Pete Curry in a manner that honors the recordings that have come before – on vintage tube gear to two-inch tape in mono.

Follow Me is a bit of a departure for Lenz in that its lyrics deal with matters that she has yet to touch on in her songs, and that are atypical of the genre in general.  Following the release of 2009’s It’s All True, and that album’s subsequent tour, Lenz suffered a series of personal setbacks.  Discovering that she was adopted, and that her family had kept it secret all of her life opened up a flood of terrible memories for Lenz to sort through and come to terms with. At the same time, she also lost her friend and bandmate, Nick Curran to cancer.

“Some people have asked me if this is a break-up record,” she says of Follow Me and the life events that informed it.  “Well, I guess it is. It’s about the breakup of the life I had known. I’d always been a fiercely independent woman, but I was really just trying to protect myself.  What I’ve gone through has ultimately made me stronger, though – real strength.”  Lenz is currently in the home stretch of a nationwide tour (see remaining dates below) that will wrap up with an appearance at Grammy Award-nominated film and television music supervisor, Gary Calamar’s Mimosa Music Series at The Federal Bar in Hollywood.  See here for more info on the event which will also feature music from the legendary Chip “Wild Thing” Taylor.

Follow Me by Kim Lenz and The Jaguars is scheduled for release on August 20th via Riley Records.  Kim Lenz is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Kim Lenz and The Jaguars Live

08/14 Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Olde Bar
08/16 Dallas, TX @ Double Wide
08/17 Austin, TX @ Continental Club
08/22 Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
08/23 Bellflower, CA @ Spike's Bar
08/24 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
08/25 Los Angeles, CA @ The Federal Bar


Kim Lenz and The Jaguars
Follow Me
(Riley Records – Aug. 20th, 2013)

Track Listing:

01. Pay Dearly (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
02. Follow Me (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
03. Deejay
04. Tumble and Fall
05. Whiplash
06. Ghost of You
07. Cry Wolf
08. Number One Reason
09. Three-Cornered Heart
10. Shadows on the Old Bayou
11. Right Here With Me
12. Trust No One


Kim Lenz Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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