On June 26th 2015, local Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Advocate Lacy Younger will come back to her home town and grace the stage at Mother’s Saloon with her gritty country rock and notable beauty.
An award-winning, Top 40 artist, her sound is actually a little hard to categorize, but the quality of her work isn’t: excellent. And it fits in well here where her roots are. “I was born and raised in Point Loma, so I love O.B.” And Lacy Younger’s body of work would seem to be a perfect reflection of what Ocean Beach truly is: a gritty and powerful reality delivered in moments of crystalline beauty.
I recently caught up with Lacy in the few minutes that producer Bill Warner would allow her between recording sessions as she worked on her upcoming album. (only the really cool kids know the title and all the other details, so I feel pretty damned special…) And trust me, running her down for a few moments of voice time is harder than it sounds when you consider that Lacy is not only recording a new album, but she’s also furnishing a second home in Nashville (or something she calls a ‘winter retreat), all the while preparing for an upcoming tour of Germany and Belgium.
While doing my background research for the interview, I noticed some interesting quotes I wanted to follow up on. Younger describes her musical roots this way, “I was always a big Keith Richards fan, I always go for the melancholy, comin’ down kinda thing….the way he plays guitar, those dirty, hooky riffs just inspire me like crazy.” Listening to her work, I can see the connection to both the Stones and our community pretty clearly in this statement. Having grown up loving the Rolling Stones, perhaps the gritty, raw-edged feel of Ocean Beach also helped mold her sound as she developed it; something that is clearly recognizable in her body of work.
“I wanted to be Mick Jagger or Paul Rogers, not Janis.” As any person who loves music would do, I just HAD to ask a follow up to that statement, but having watched her on so many live videos, I already knew the answer: Jagger and Rogers have a powerful onstage presence, where Janis, although so very talented, was almost apologetic when she approached the mic. Younger is definitely not shy behind the mic. And if you listen to Lacy at all, you realize that her voice is far too pure to be compared to Joplin in any sense. True, she does intone a whiskey feeling to her voice at times, but it is a function of her choice and range, not a permanent condition. In fact, her voice, much like her onstage presence, has so much power and razor sharp clarity it would make lesser vocalists cringe in fear. Younger is clearly comfortable in her skin, as well she should be.
“At 15 I got invited backstage and I was just in awe!” Even at that age, she understood what a rare opportunity it was, and the precocious and driven Younger was ready: “Hey…I’m not a groupie; here; take my friend!” She laughs about it now, and describes herself as the worst friend ever, but it became an ongoing strategy. “’Here…I brought you some eye candy, now let’s talk music!’ I would literally push (the girlfriends I brought with me) into harm’s way to run interference.” And we are all the beneficiaries.
The other thing you notice about Lacy Younger as you read more about her and speak to her in person, is her passion for charitable work; something that goes well beyond lip service. “I do a lot of charity work, and focus a lot of time to it. It just means the world to me.” Lacy produced two collective albums entitled “Voices from the Heart” and sent the proceeds to local orphan organizations (Voices for Children and Just In Time for Foster Youth) and even went so far as to organize a concert at the House of Blues for a live presentation of the charitable album. “It was bitch, but it went over really well. I decided afterwards to just stick to recording…it almost killed me,” she added with a laugh. Younger also teams up with Pete Mechalas of Temple of the Dad, a local OB band, to raise money for the Point Loma School system to buy
musical instruments. The charity is called ‘Guitars In the Classroom’ which brings the story of this whirlwind of an artist back to our little community.
Make time to go and see Younger when she is here in town. You will love what you hear, and you will be supporting our local schools in a way that will make you feel great even after the smile you get during the show wears off. And by the way, if you want to know all the details Lacy shared with me about her new album, you are more than welcome to try and bribe me with IPA’s and shots at the Lacy Younger/Temple of the Dad gig February 28th at Mother’s, but
A: I hold my liquor pretty damned well; and
B: Lacy is way cooler than you are.
Wanna catch Lacy Younger with Temple of the Dad? Come check em out a Mother’s Saloon Friday June 26th from 9pm -1am NO COVER CHARGE for the Pre-OB Street Fair Party at 2228 Bacon St 92107. See you there!
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