CHICAGO, IL - Singer Lisa Marie Presley throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago White Sox take on the Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field on June 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
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You might say the spirit of the King was in the house at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago on June 20.
Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla, brought her show to the Windy City and delivered a 90-minute concert starring songs from her new album "Storm and Grace."
She also brought her show to Deluxe in Indianapolis on June 21.
Donning a long black dress with a fuschia belt, Presley opened her set with "So Long" and proceeded with "Over Me" and "Weary," all from the new album.
Lisa Marie Presley has lived under the guise of a big top since the time she was born.
Her new album, "Storm & Grace," picks up stakes and removes the tent.
For her first album in five years, Presley sings with a sense of rural vulnerability not heard on her two previous recordings. "Storm & Grace" (Universal Republic/XIX Entertainment) was produced by Americana music go-to guy T Bone Burnett.
The experience may not rival that of a Disney princess being dressed every morning by fluttery cartoon animals, says Lisa Marie Presley. But residing in the English countryside in a little thatched-roof cottage she purchased two years ago comes pretty "Snow White" close.
"It is so much like a fairy tale that it blows your mind," says the singer, 44, who wound up relaunching her career from Britain with the folksy new T Bone Burnett-produced comeback "Storm & Grace."
Lisa Marie Presley dabbled in mainstream pop on 2005 album "Now What," but she has returned with a roots-rock sound more akin to Cowboy Junkies than Christina Aguilera.
"It seems more natural," Presley said during a phone interview. "I'm not over-doing things or over-singing to try to prove something. I'm simply following a melody."