Former child actress Jenny Lewis cut her musical teeth as lead singer of the respected indie-rock band Rilo Kiley. But she made an even bigger splash with her 2006 debut solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat, a popular and critical hit that inspired comparisons to Emmylou Harris. With lyrics designed for deep contemplation, RFC took an Americana tilt that mixed pop with country, bluegrass, and gospel, thanks in no small part to Kentucky-bred twins Chandra and Leigh Watson. The three-part harmonies of Lewis and the Watsons kick off the album in the a cappella track “Run Devil Run.” Another highlight is a cover of the Traveling Wilburys’ “Handle With Care,” featuring Conor Oberst, Ben Gibbard, M. Ward, and James Valentine. To mark Rabbit Fur’s 10th anniversary and new re-issue, Lewis and the Watsons have reunited to perform the album in its entirety. Second sets have featured tunes from RK and Lewis’ other two solo albums. Incidentally, Lewis’ other current project is the new-wavy trio Nice As Fuck, with Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster and the Like’s Tennessee Thomas.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 | 6:30PM | $35 | All Ages | State Theatre
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The Los Angeles artist’s first solo LP since 2008’s Acid Tongue, The Voyager (2014) is Jenny Lewis’s most deeply personal, and her most musically robust. Featuring production work from Ryan Adams, Beck, as well as Lewis and her longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice, The Voyager finds Lewis at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent life with honesty and incisiveness. And then there’s her voice, which was already a force to be reckoned with, but sounds even richer, more nuanced, more powerful.