August 23, 2017
Lo Carmen to Release ‘Lovers Dreamers Fighters’
Sixth full-length album offers slow-burning take on country soul
LOS ANGELES — August 22, 2017 — Songwriter, singer, musician and actor are just a few of the identifiers used to describe Lo Carmen, a multi-talented creative presence set to release her sixth album, Lovers Dreamers Fighters, on November 10. The 10-track album will be available digitally and on vinyl through Chiquita Records.
A poet and storyteller first and foremost, Carmen wrote Lovers Dreamers Fighters in rural Georgia and recorded it in Nashville at The Butcher Shoppe and Welcome to 1979 Studios. There is a simplicity to the arrangements, letting Carmen’s candid lyrics shine among silky, vintage soul and supernatural country. The album’s first single, “Last Thing I’ll Remember,” is an ode to the moments that make coming home worthwhile – particularly when home is little more than a dream for the always-on-the-move singer, who has lived in more than 12 houses since relocating from Australia a few years back.
Carmen self-produced the album, enlisting an all-star team including engineer David “Ferg” Ferguson (Sturgill Simpson, Johnny Cash), bassist Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Nikki Lane, Dan Auerbach) and pedal steel maestro Russ Pahl (Sara Watkins, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lana Del Rey). Bonnie “Prince” Billy lends his iconic drawl to anthemic duet “Sometimes It’s Hard.”
Seemingly born with music running through her veins, Carmen composed her first original song at age 10. She then performed it publicly at a New Year’s Eve party at the Town Hall in her native Adelaide, South Australia, and the writing on the wall became clear: music was her destiny. As a teenager, she was a successful actress throughout Australia, starring in The Year My Voice Broke, Red Dog and the cult hit Blue Murder, though never losing sight of music as her passion. Since 2002, she has recorded five solo albums, as well as a collaboration with her father, Australian country-rock pioneer, pianist Peter Head.
Now based in Los Angeles, Carmen counts Kris Kristofferson, Etta James, Bob Dylan, Bobbie Gentry and, most of all, Dolly Parton, as inspiration. Her work reverberates with fearlessness and a stripped-back honesty. She has toured throughout Europe and the US, opening for a diverse array of artists, as well as showcased at SXSW.