March 27, 2003
Lizzie West To Roll Out “Holy Road…”
By Randy J. Klodz
At first glance Lizzie West’s upcoming album filled with road-trip savvy
melodies, “Holy Road…Freedom Songs,” due April 8, may resemble some kind of
religious gospel album with the “Holy” title and tracks titled “Prayer” and
“Holy Road,” but West hopes prospective listeners can see past that.
“It’s kind of about the bigger picture and it all comes from the same
place and there is no institution that you can put around it,” said West.
“You move through a dark room in “Holy Road…” you kind of travel down a path
and from the tapping of “Dusty Turnaround, “Hit the Road,” which is a love
story, “The Day We Met,” “I Miss You, Baby,” “Sometime,” and then you move
into this dark room and “Doctor” kind of is in there in the dark room.
““Doctor” kind of looks up to two confrontations: the war within myself,
which is a dual kind of personality and an ‘excuse me Mr. Jekyll and pardon
Mr. Hyde,’ but then “Doctor” looks at how we treat each other, and yeah there
have been some people who haven’t been so kind.”
The New York-based singer/songwriter first got recognized during an campaign
audition to appear in a commercial spot for the now-defunct www.iam.com.
She won the event and appeared in the Spike Lee-directed commercial singing
“Holy Road,” nearly three years ago.
West also released a self-titled four song EP that released in November.
Songs on the EP include “Sometime,” Chariots Rise,” “I’m Your Man” and “Family
Christmas.” The EP also includes a separate copy that instructs listeners
to “give to a friend.”
West is currently doing a small warm-up tour on the east coast and though
a Chicago date has yet to be confirmed, she plans to come through Chicago
some time after her album is released, which would be her debut performance
in the Chicago area. For more information on Lizzie West, log onto www.lizziewest.com.