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."
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
If you're going to listen to Lisa Marie Presley, the first thing you need to realize is that while she might be the daughter of the king of rock 'n' roll, she is not the same person. Times are different, and it would be unfair and downright silly to hold her to the same standards of her father. She'll always be regarded as a sort of princess, but she's not going to change the face of the music industry; on the other hand, it's hard to say if there's room for any artist to do that again.
Lisa Marie Presley having a music career is a can’t-win situation. Even if she’s good – as she was Monday in kicking off her first tour in more than five years at Philadelphia’s World Café Live – the standard against which she’s measured is her father, Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll.
The audience was dancing, too.
And can’t-win be damned, it was a winner.
You wouldn't think the casual confines of the World Cafe Live could cause any trepidation for someone who is double musical royalty. But when Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and onetime wife of Michael Jackson, took the stage at the Walnut Street club Monday night, she was tight as a crossbow. It was only after she and her band worked through "So Long," a swampy jump with Doug Pettibone's mandolin discordantly riffing against the tide, and the crowd began to cheer, that you could see relief flood Presley's face. "It's been seven years," she said. "You have to give me a minute. I have to get my stage legs back."
...at New York City concert
Lisa Marie Presley and her five-man band rocked the house last night (June 14, 2012) at Gramercy Theatre in New York City. Presley is currently on a mini-tour of the U.S. which she hopes will be followed by a major tour in the Fall, she told the audience. Dressed in an eye-catching red blazer and a long black skirt, the 44-year-old Presley seemed to be relaxed and at-ease as she belted out songs from her latest album, Storm and Grace.
Lisa Marie Presley and Band performed an Acoustic Session at Sirius/FM. She also did an interview for The Spectrum Channel.
Set list: Weary, Storm of Nails & Over Me.
Check out some candid shots of the session, and meet the band after the jump ...