For the past 20+ years, Kim Lenz was one of the most prominent female voices of the Rockabilly Revival movement. On February 22nd, she’ll release her new album Slowly Speeding, via Blue Star Record Company, which represents a new direction for the LA-based songwriter and band leader. Slowly Speeding features a more Americana-inspired sound and a renewed emphasis on lyricism and mood.
Lenz’ new album occupies a unique space that finds her blending the sounds of the two roots genres while also incorporating atmospheric pedal steel and reverb to create an at times noir-oriented vibe. Nowhere is that more evident than on “Pine Me,” an entrancing inversion on a murder ballad that injects a fantastical, gothic vibe into the traditional country format.