Today LP will play her final concert of this tour, can you believe it?! I can’t. But before this happens let’s move from Charlotte to one of the places where LP is really loved. She is not maybe known there to a huge number of people, but she has been to Nashville quite a few times over the years. Last night she took the stage of Cannery Ballroom (capacity 1000), venue housed in Mercy Lounge, which was originally a flour mill built in 1883, and later a place to grind coffee. While in Nashville, LP was reunited with one of her long-time friends, Audra Mae.
I’ve mentioned Audra’s name several times on this blog. Very recently Audra released her latest record, on which one of the songs (Open Arms) was co-written by LP. Here are really sweet words after she & LP got to see each other. Audra Mae (@audramaemusic): “The moment I layed eyes on @iamlpofficial last night I cried like a baby. Missed her like hell since I left LA and it overwhelmed me to tears to get to hug that neck again. Truly a sight for sore eyes. What a soul. Such a special night. She played a sold out show and brought the house down just like always. Sweetest heart in the world. Rock ninja. #famdamily ?.”
|photo posted with kind permission from photographer Sam Carbine (@scarbine) shared via Instagram.|
And I will move straight to comments as I have some really great ones, let’s start with this one by Echo Hill Vetter (@echovetter): “3/10/18: Voice of an angel, heart of a saint, she fills every corner of the room with sacred sound. Her tiny frame, grand smile, mop of brown curls and astounding vocal range hold us captive. To hear her is to step out of time and place and thought. There is only music, only voice, only now.
And then, late into the night, all falls silent. A pin drops. “I’m sorry,” LP says. “I can’t keep singing this song while someone is hurt.” She drops her mike and with frown and creased brow, walks to the front of the stage. She can see what we, her fans, cannot- a girl in the front row has fallen. Everyone is still. The girl is cared for, carried out. LP pauses a moment longer, surveys her crowd, says, “This song is for her. I hope she is ok.” She begins again, sweeping us up into her magic.”
My friend, Lisa: “It is the last night for me on the North American tour and what a night! Although the oddly shaped Cannery Ballroom made viewing a bit difficult for much of the audience, the enthusiastic Nashville crowd was nearly as much of a spectacle as LP herself! Like last night in Charlotte, LP was a bit more mellow but absolutely as entertaining and generous to her fans as always. There was a touching moment as LP completely stopped her performance of Into The Wild as a fan had fallen ill and required medical attention. She waited until the fan was attended to before continuing.”
Lisa also added: “It has been great commenting on the tour! Although I will miss Atlanta, I hope to be back with you on the next US tour!” Lisa, like I said earlier, it was wonderful to have you as part of this blog. And I do hope we will meet somewhere along the LP-way. Until next time! Nate (@arboreum_music): “One of the best live acts you’ll see. ?.” Lisa (@lisamadura): “She makes my favorite sounds.” Michael (@_mjmcdermott): “nothing has ever been so worth a four month wait; thanks @iamlpofficial for letting us know you were gonna play Switchblade so I could brace myself to weep.”
Marina (@awkward_baby_giraffe): “The waiting… was totally worth it. LP is an amazing artist with a true gift. Also a total badass.” Andrea (@andigeegolly): “After so many times of just missing her, I finally got to see one of my favorite artists: LP! She and her band are absolutely mind blowing! Thanks @quitstahlin256 for coming with me!” Betina (@betina.marie81): “I’m a happy girl!! I had a blast at the LP concert. She puts on an even better show than she did when I first discovered her nearly 15 years ago.”
Kortney (@k.slayknight): “Hands down one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. Her vocal range is unreal and her whistles pierce your soul?.” Chance (@chonsuego): “Man, I really can’t stand this venue, but it was worth it for @iamlpofficial.” Apparently 2 people passed out, it was so hot. Cassie (@cassjacks): “Had such a blast with @alexandymann seeing the incredible @iamlpofficial!! That whistle gets me every time ?.” Andy (@andygasparini): “LP blowing the doors off the @canneryballroom!”
Sierra (@shines5984): “Last night was life changing. The amount of control LP has with her voice is amazing. Not only is she an amazing performer live (which is few and far between) she is incredibly kind. She stopped her show in the middle of let’s get high to make sure a patron who had fainted got the medical attention she needed. @iamlpofficial I cannot wait for the new album and thank you for an amazing night with my favorite girl.” Geny (@gkgurley): “Night Like This ?? LP is LP. Literal perfection. Lesbian prince.”
And a shout-out to Elizabeth, she made this funny Orson badge that was featured in LP’s insta-story. Here are her words about the gift: @izzbywaters: “Our love of our little smooshed face baby boy “Oscar” led us to fall in love with “Orson” (the fur baby of LP). It was a wonderful experience to give LP a smile while on the road and remind her that fans see far beyond the stage…and we understand you sacrifice a lot to share your gift.” She also wrote about the concert. @izzbywaters: “What an absolute wonder of the world! Amazing singer.”
“So glad to have shared this with my daughter Hayley. Thankful my daughter has people like this to look up to. This was to be my last concert…my neuromuscular disorder hurt me too bad to continue…it’s wheelchair time dammit. But wow…what a way to end…LP live. I am forever her biggest hillbilly fan (and Orson’s too). Thank you LP…..I’ll sit in my wheelchair with a grin to have this as my last concert….I feel blessed!”
And the last one by Joanna (@jo.ofalltrades): “@iamlpofficial put on a FANTASTIC show last night at @canneryballroom. Oh, the euphoria of being in the presence of such talent. Seeing her perform always reminds me that real, talented musicians and music still exist in a world full of popbots.” And that’s the end of the quotes. Also for those who do not follow me via social media, LP was a guest of Tim Hibbs, a DJ at Acme Radio, she took part in his 2-hour long programme titled “The Vinyl Lunch”. It was a very interesting interview (more like a conversation) and you can listen to it as a podcast by clicking here.