Los Angeles-based songwriter challenges herself on “Follow Me” full-length, chronicling break-up with life she once knew.
Kim Lenz as photographed by Joseph Cultice
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“Pay Dearly” is the latest single and video from the new album “Follow Me” by Kim Lenz and The Jaguars
“Lenz sings her rockabilly odes with the sort of randy sass that would have been considered unladylike in the King’s court.” – People
“Like most of the songs I write, this one came to me in the night,” Los Angeles-based musician Kim Lenz says of “Pay Dearly,” the opening number from her latest album Follow Me. The track recently premiered via Black Book Magazine, and now the Joseph Cultice-directed music video for the song makes its debut via BLURT. “I woke up with the first verse fully formed, and after waking up four more times that night, I had ‘Pay Dearly,’ Lenz explains. “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.”
Lenz has been cultivating her take on rockabilly since 1998, releasing three albums, and playing hundreds of dates around the world. Director Cultice is already a famed celebrity photographer who has shot Lenz previously, but is helming a music video for her for the first time. “We worked together on her last two albums,” he explains. “I was very touched that she wanted me to do her new video. The song is strong and heartfelt – an instant classic.” The shoot was completed at Quixote Studios in Hollywood where Cultice has previously produced iconic images of everyone from Marilyn Manson to “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall.
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. The record 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 the life events that informed Follow Me. “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.” Follow Me by Kim Lenz and The Jaguars is out now via Riley Records. Kim Lenz is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Kim Lenz and The Jaguars
(Riley Records – Out Now)
04. Tumble and Fall
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