BT: Now that you’re done with the Daniel Ash tour, what’s going on now?
L: I’m actually in Florida writing and working on the second album
BT: Do you prefer playing live, or like some do you prefer writing and being in the studio?
L: I hate being in the studio
BT: Why’s that?
L: Because it sucks, it’s boring there’s nothing to do. You sit and watch television half the time. I love being on the road. I wouldn’t do anything else. I’d rather be on the road more than anything else in my life. I’m happy; I know I’m guaranteed happiness for forty-five minutes.
BT: What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned over the past year?
L: I have no idea…..how to drive the bus, I haven’t learned much.
BT: Do you learn anything from the bands you play with? Do you get a feel from somebody whose been doing it for 5-20 years?
L: Each band I play with is from a different origin, different kind of career. So it’s like you’ve got some bands that have been around forever and are legendary rock stars, their great guys, but they have the rock star mentality. Then you’ve got those that have been doing it forever, and for them its just life, they don’t know anything else. So every person, every situation is different. You try and pick up as much as you can about live shows, how you handle the audience, how you get their attention from a performance point of view. And do they keep doing what they do keeping everyone interested.
BT: You’ve got some pretty devoted fans, what would you say to them about their support over the past year?
L: The same thing I say to them everyday. I answer all my emails personally. So the majority of those fans you see on the website, I talk to almost everyday. I thank them a lot. They have always been there. A lot of people have driven from 6 to 15 hours to come see us. There are a lot of people who have traveled and seen us maybe 10 times in the past year. It’s great it’s like in some cities we know their going to be there and it’s like a family, or friend situation. I go to this city, I know so and so and so and so is going to be there, and my birthday I know this person’s going to be there.
BT: That takes a lot of time
L: Yeah it started out about two years ago, what started out two or three a day turned into a lot more. I get a little behind then I get 30,000 emails saying where the hell are you….
BT: I guess that would that answer my next question. What do you do with your down time?
L: What’s down time?
BT: Good answer
L: I answer e-mails basically
BT: I see you more as a singer/songwriter. But it seems that a lot of your publicity classifies you as the angry rock girl. Where do you see yourself?
L: Oh I’m not angry at all. I have nothing to be angry about; none of those songs were written out of anger. I don’t write out of anger, I tell stories as they happen. I lived all those songs, and it’s not like oh I’m gonna bitch about someone. I’m just going to say it as it happened. As far as what people classify me, label me a country singer for all I care. It’s just a label, I’d rather people find out what I do on my own. Yes I’m a singer/songwriter, but I’m not in the genre of Peter Yorn or other singer/songwriters.
BT: This business is basically all about labels…
L: Of course
BT: Do you think the inability to put you into a specific spot has hurt your place in the market?
L: The thing is I’ve read reviews of the album from those who’ve seen the show, or personally talk to me. And I’ve read reviews from people who’ve never had a conversation with me, and there two different reviews. It’s when they actually talked to me that they see it’s real. When they look at the pictures, I agree along with them, it looks fake as hell. As far as how to describe me, I don’t care. I’m very open with that. I don’t care. I’ve played with everyone from Alice Cooper to Living Colour, and Drowning Pool. I don’t exactly fit in your normal category of music. I prefer playing with bands like Drowning Pool, but I’m not going to turn down a tour because it’s Tesla. I mean if you can get to audience that doesn’t listen to your style of music, or if you can get a hard audience to listen to a ballad, that’s the greatest accomplishment you can ever have.
BT: Where are you going with the new album?
L: Well I just started it yesterday…
BT: So not very far
L: Yeah, so basically a lot of frustration. I want to go a lot harder, more stripped down, less production. I want to do what we do in the live show, I want to create that kind of intensity, our favorite thing is the live show, and we want to portray that on the album.