Lisa Marie Presley – Tickets – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC – November 11th, 2013

Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley

Birds and Arrows

Mon, November 11, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Cat's Cradle

Carrboro, NC

$25 Advance, $30 Day of Show, $125 VIP (includes GA ticket)

For VIP ticket holders
4:30pm: VIP arrive and check in, pick up VIP souvenir laminate, tote bag, and signed items.
5:00pm: VIP Soundcheck Listening Party & Q&A Meet and Greet & Photos

Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley
With all the hoopla that has surrounded her, it's easy to forget that Lisa Marie Presley is at heart a simple Southern girl whose earliest musical memories are of obsessively listening to 45's in her bedroom at Graceland and of her dad catching her singing into a hairbrush in front of a mirror at the age of three.

The Memphis-born Presley reclaims those roots on her new album Storm & Grace — an Americana-inspired showcase for her songwriting talent and smoldering alto voice. Produced with elegant restraint by 12-time Grammy Award-winner T Bone Burnett, Storm & Grace is a marked departure from Presley's previous albums, 2003's gold-certified To Whom It May Concern and 2005's Now What, which both debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, "I love the songs, but I think I was hiding behind a lot of sonic layers because it was scary to go out there," Presley says. "It's easier to bury yourself in the noise so you don't stand out. This album is a lot more stripped-down and naked, both musically and lyrically."

The album's rootsy golden tone is set immediately with the opening track "Over Me," with its echoey guitar line, burping bassline, shuffling backbeat, and lyrics that lament a lover who's replaced her, while the ominous, swampy lead single "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" and the pedal-steel and mandolin-driven title track sound like they could have been recorded during an impromptu back-porch jam session.

Presley's previous albums did, however, enable her to work through the rebelliousness she was feeling when she launched her career as a singer-songwriter in 2003. "I was angry at all that I was potentially up against — all the expectations — and I was puffing myself up as a protective mechanism," she says. "At the same time, I was being pushed by the team around me to be a pop star, and to do all these crazy things that I really didn't want to do."

After completing a well-received tour to support Now What, Presley retreated from the music industry, relocating to the English countryside with her husband and young twin daughters and shedding the people and things she felt had demoralized her. "I got rid of a lot of the toxicity around me, but I also lost a lot of my drive and love for songwriting," she says. "The creativity was kind of wrung out of me."

Not wanting to abandon her craft, and after gentle prodding from her new manager Simon Fuller, Presley agreed, in the summer of 2009, to sit down with some new songwriting collaborators, who included three Brits: Sacha Skarbek (who's written with Adele and Jason Mraz among others), and singer-songwriters Ed Harcourt and Richard Hawley, who is also a member of Pulp. "There was no agenda," she says. "I wasn't trying to write a hit or to please any particular audience. I was just enjoying the process of being creative with great people who really love music." The first song to emerge was a gentle ballad called "Weary," which Presley wrote with Hawley. "That one turned the tide and sparked the whole sound of the record," she says. Over an eight-month period, Presley wrote 28 songs including "Storm and Grace" and "How Do You Fly This Plane?" with Hawley; "Un-Break" and "Close To The Edge" with Skarbek; and "Soften The Blows" and "Over Me" with Harcourt.

Lisa-2012-lisa-marie-presley-30374934-385-580Taken as a whole, Storm & Grace is a unflinchingly honest piece of work from this songwriter, who, though known for her tough frankness, has managed to create a tender, consoling thread that runs throughout the album. "Weary" may concern a relationship that didn't work out, but it is suffused with a genuine warmth, as Presley sings: "I will always love you/you can move on, dear."

For Presley, the album's conciliatory theme grew out of wanting to have peace in her life after a period of turmoil and letting go of what no longer suited her. "There were a few years there where everything around me had fallen apart," she says. "All the things that had become my foundation were gone and I had to shed a lot of skin. I found myself really vulnerable afterward and that's what birthed the album's vibe. It's me without any attitude or anger at a time of rediscovery."

Impressed with Presley's songs, Fuller sent the demos to producer and musician T Bone Burnett, who is known for his work with such artists as Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Elton John and Leon Russell, and scores of others. "I got a call that T Bone really liked them and wanted to meet with me," Presley says. "When I saw him, he said, 'I don't want to do a big song and dance. I really like the record and I'd love to produce it.'"

"When Lisa Marie's songs arrived, I was curious," Burnett says. "I wondered what the daughter of an American revolutionary music artist had to say. What I heard was honest, raw, unaffected, and soulful. I thought her father would be proud of her. The more I listened to the songs, the deeper an artist I found her to be. Listening beyond the media static, Lisa Marie Presley is a Southern American folk music artist of great value."

"It makes me feel really good to hear him say that because I know he means it," Presley says. "His enthusiasm and support gave me a lot of confidence. His even doing this project and bringing in his musicians [who include drummer Jay Bellerose, bassist Dennis Crouch, guitarists Jackson Smith and Michael Lockwood, and keyboardists Keefus Green and Patrick Warren] injected me with new life. They were all outstanding."

storm grace cover 360Presley is also glad to have a new label home, Universal Republic, which will release Storm & Grace on May 15th. "I have a new team around me, and none of the things that brought me down before," she says, adding that although she is nervous about how Storm and Grace will be received, the joy of knowing that she's connecting with an audience makes it all worth it.

"I'm compelled to do this because I'm a music lover and I feel that music is so important in the world. That's what drives me — pouring your heart and soul into something and hoping that it can change someone's life in some way. I'm looking forward to performing live and interacting with people who are there for the music and nothing else. Getting that instant reaction is the best part."
Birds and Arrows
Birds and Arrows
Andrea and Pete Connolly have written their lives into Birds and Arrows newly released record “Coyotes”. Inspired by their bucolic surroundings, the record was recorded at their small, 19th-century, school house turned cabin nestled in the woods on an 88 acre horse farm in Rougemont, NC. Mixed by Chris Stamey of the dB’s, “Coyotes” has a polished yet still organic sound that emotes desperation and longing with a hopeful overtone. Stamey describes the album as “An amazing record, overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance.”

The sweeping melodies throughout “Coyotes” are beautiful and light. The couples’ song crafting can evoke a wide range of emotions, that at moments can make you smile and then quickly shift into nostalgic melancholy. Corbie Hill of Independent Weekly noted “After six years as a band, it seems as if the Connollys have come to a point of comfort, not only musically but personally: Their new rural home, where they moved in early 2012, enables these two to live as they have wanted to for years. Andrea is surrounded by horses, while Pete drags fields and mends fences in the rural quiet.”

Pete and Andrea worked with cellist Josh Starmer, who played a wide range of instruments on the record such as cello, mandolin, dilruba and tambora, helping give “Coyotes” it’s distinct sound. An impressive cast of local and national talent where also invited to play on the record such as Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five, Dirk Shumaker of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, James Wallace of Mount Moriah, Dave Hadley and Andrew Grimm of June Star and more.

Andrea and Pete will be on the road throughout the summer promoting “Coyotes” and inviting special guest players to join them at select shows. Keep an eye on their calendar for more details.

Things people say about Birds and Arrows

“Coyotes” is “an amazing record, overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance”.
-Chris Stamey of the dB’s

“The honeymoon sweetness of their earlier work has been replaced with a maturity and depth appropriate for musicians whose lives and work are gaining seriousness and acclaim.”
-Frank Stasio of NPR’s The State of Things

“The sound of Birds & Arrows’ “Firefly” feels like coming to the edge of something, shedding layers, listening to swells and nuances of emotion and thought that can directly transport you to a past (or bring this past suddenly into your present)”.
- Marie Garlock and Andrew Synowiez of Hueism Pictures

“impeccably crafted…the perfect mix of harrowing delicacy and beatific refinement”
- Chris Parker of Independent Weekly

“Coyotes (Redeye Distribution), the third album by local trio Birds and Arrows, recalls the1973’s cult classic Buckingham Nicks. With production from the great Chris Stamey, the album’s pastoral songs center on the deeply emotional blend of Andrea and Pete Connolly’s intertwined voices, with Josh Starmer’s cello as sonic counterpoint.”

“After six years as a band, it seems as if the Connollys have come to a point of comfort, personally and musically” ”Four years into their marriage, and three finished albums into their tenure as a band, they still exude honeymoon sweetness” and “Coyotes is their most ambitious album to date”
-Corbie Hill or Shuffle Magazine and the Triangle’s Independent weekly

“Suspend disbelief and enter Starmaker- if only for 47 pretty minutes- a world where road trips against all odds are gorgeously strung metaphors”
Birds and Arrows second full length record “We’re Gonna Run” was revered as “the best moment of the bands career, a promise that they’ve got real range”
- Grayson Currin , Shuffle Magazine

“There is a violent tension in the moniker Birds and Arrows, but the music that couple Pete and Andrea Connolly craft, spins that friction away from brutality and into elegant, elemental heights. If you take even just one passing listen to their music, it’s apparent these are voices that aren’t in harmony so much as interlocked. It’s as if two people wandering around the woods suddenly came upon each other and realized they were singing the same song”
- Ashley Melzer, The Mill

“There’s a sepia-toned but strong-willed romanticism to the texture- and harmony-rich tunes of Birds and Arrows, the duo of Andrea and Pete Connolly. Inside these pop-righteous, country-graceful numbers, they keep each other awake on long road trips and rejoice even in the sight of peril, one’s voice bolstering the other like lifelong support.”
- Grayson Currin, Independent Weekly
Venue Information:
Cat's Cradle
300 East Main St.
Carrboro, NC, 27510