DT: APRIL 10, 2020





Photo Credit: Neil Kremer

Soulful and fearless Americana/country-rock artist HEATHER ANNE LOMAX (formerly known as Michael-Ann) is previewing her upcoming second album ALL THIS TIME (due May 1) with “Heart Don’t Lie.” A bittersweet country song about love and loss with the moving line “Cause heaven knows/That the heart don’t lie,” the song is available today (April 10) across all digital platforms following its premiere yesterday via The Bluegrass Situation. Listen to “Heart Don’t Lie” now here:

“It’s a song about love and longing,” shares the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and guitarist. “It’s a song of yearning and of the unseen ties that bind two souls regardless of space and time. It’s about ‘memories, pressed between the pages of my mind.”

“Heart Don’t Lie” comes on the heels of HEATHER‘s riveting and colorful performance music video for the album single “Better Luck” which debuted last month on DittyTV. The uplifting self-empowerment manifesto “Better Luck” was initially premiered via American Songwriter. “One of the most expressive vocalists around,” noted the outlet’s Paul Zollo, “she combines the sweet folky purity of Joan Baez with the rocking soul of Janis Joplin with hints of Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt.” “Better Luck” was also picked by The Alternate Root as one ofThe Top Ten Songs of the Week” (2/19/2020). HEATHER recently spoke to Guitar Girl Mag whom lauded her as “a bold and daring voice in today’s Americana scene. She is creating music that brings the raw roots of country, blues, and gospel into a modern language that is firmly grounded in time-honored tradition.” (April 6, 2020)
HEATHER has brought her fiery energy to stages across the U.S. opening for acts including Wynonna and The Big Noise, Lee Ann Womack, Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Bridges, John Hiatt, Richie Furay, Don McLean, Judy Collins, Marshall Tucker Band, Joan Osborne, Melanie, WAR and Blood Sweat & Tears.

Originally hailing from Kansas City, HEATHER is now based in Los Angeles where she recorded ALL THIS TIME with producer/mixer Jason Hiller along with enlisting an all-star team of renowned musicians to guest on the album including Zachary Ross, Ty Bailie, Ben Peeler-Weissenborn, Aubrey Richmond, David Goodstein, Chris Joyner, Rob Humphreys, Rosa Pullman-Wurlitzer, Maesa Pullman, Ronee Martin, John “JT” Thomas, and Danielle Fife.
While quarantined at home in Los Angeles due to the coronavirus pandemic, HEATHER shared some of her thoughts on its impact on artists and what she’s been doing to keep busy while staying at home in the below Q&A.

What are some of the changes you’ve seen around you following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic?
LOMAX: “I think one thing that is GOOD that has transpired with this pandemic, is that it has heightened people’s compassion for others. I see people willing to do favors for others, donate time, resources, etc. for the common good. It’s tragic that sometimes we need a wakeup call like a pandemic, or 9/11 to remember those noble qualities in our species.”

While staying at home, what are some of the activities that you’ve been doing to keep busy?
“I have been binge watching (thanks to my friend Aubrey Richmond) ‘The Outlander.’
It’s a truly romantic escape to the shores of Scotland. At its core, it’s a love story set in the mid-1700’s during the Jacobite uprising against England. It’s full of dramatic twists and turns, passion, loyalty, and the undying, unbridled love of two soulmates that weather the test of time. Do I believe in this kind of love? Absolutely.”
“I’ve also been reading a lot of books. I am currently reading ‘My Symphony’ by William Henry Channing and there’s a quote in the book that really stands out to me in these times because it is easy to become fearful, and not mindful:
‘To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.’
What it’s been like as an artist surviving during these times?
“I had shows and a record release lined up, but like so many other musicians, have had to cancel or postpone those performances. For so many musicians, touring is a big part of their financial equation to support their work. This situation is causing a paradigm shift. Now musicians are performing online just to stay in the public eye. This music offers much needed comfort, support and healing. Hopefully it puts some money in musicians’ pockets as well via online views. I have my own financial concerns, but I am better off than many of my friends who tour exclusively to support themselves. My heart really hurts for them.”
“I’m hoping this situation cracks open our hearts to be more aware that we are ALL struggling–financially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. This virus does not discriminate based on status, race, sex or religion. Perhaps we will be more keenly aware that we are all just trying to survive on this planet. I think that it has also made me aware that this life IS truly a gift, and it’s best to take time to ‘stop and smell the roses.'”
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