Growing up on the family farm and in her father’s country bar in Coshocton, Ohio, it was inevitable that Lydia Loveless would end up in the music business; I mean what else was there to do in that small town? But moreover, Loveless has one of those unmistakable voices which leaves you spell bound as she sings about love, heartache, one too many rounds, and the everyday struggle of life.
After moving to the big city—Columbus, OH—and getting into the punk scene, Loveless came back down to earth and channeled her life lesson into writing her own music.
She released her debut, 2010’s ‘The Only Man’ on Peloton Records and caught the attention of heralded Chicago label Bloodshot Records. Loveless moved to Bloodshot who has released three of her full lengths – ‘Indestructible Machine’ (2011), ‘Somewhere Else’ (2014), and ‘Real’ (2016) and the 2013 EP ‘Boy Crazy.’ The latter album is now being reissued with additional material.
‘Boy Crazy,’ released on vinyl for the first time, includes six non-album singles, B-sides, and covers. The original EP is all about relationships—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Lead off track “All I Know” is a straightforward rocker while the second track “All the Time” provides a bit of country swing. With her gorgeous, golden pipes, Loveless sings her heart out pouring out every bit of honesty into her lyrics which make her so relatable. “Lover’s Spat” is a no holds bar rocker looking deep into Loveless’ desires, while the title track is sexy as she considers the feelings she has about a lover, then the original EP closes with the slow burn romance of “The Water.”
The additional Loveless originals on this reissue include the erotic bar romp “Mile High,” the lonely hustle of “Come Over” and the break up song “Falling Out of Love with You.” Loveless covers three artists putting her country pop spin on Kesha’s “Blind,” fleshing out Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U,” and finishes up the album with the Elvis Costello classic “Alison.”
Lydia Loveless has been compared to a lot of singers, including Neko Case and Lucinda Williams, which are dead on accurate, but Loveless is her own artist. She takes her influences and takes them further with punk ethos, genre-bending influences, and her pure honesty. She is a true star in her own right.