Presley, part II | Music Feature | Indy Week
Pin It
The daughter of rock royalty takes a tour and embraces a more musical, less scandal-driven lifestyle

Presley, part II 

The daughter of rock royalty takes a tour and embraces a more musical, less scandal-driven lifestyle

Lisa Marie Presley has been in the crosshairs of the media since the day she was born. Being The King's daughter provided fodder enough to satisfy media hounds during his lifetime, but Lisa Marie managed to stir up enough dust on her own to keep the press on her trail. The world knows probably more than it needs to about the Jackson union, and has plenty to chew on what hasn't been said about the Cage affair.

But now Lisa Marie has created a stir that has nothing to do with scandal. With the release of her first album, To Whom It May Concern, she reveals herself fully for the first time. "It's scary," says Presley of her first public outing. "This tour is based on me finding my way with the whole thing, so I'm not headlining or anything. I'm just trying to get my chops."

Lisa Marie has none of her father's soft Memphis drawl. There's a slight trace of Valley Girl in her speech, but it goes by so fast you just catch a glimmer as it flashes past. The words tumble out in chunks, spat out in machine gun fashion She pauses a couple of times during the phone interview to deal with a hacking cough she says is "rip-roaring bronchitis. I'm trying to deal with that so that I don't have a coughing attack on stage." But the tour, she thinks, is going well. "Every night it's a different crowd, and it's a different energy and it's something that I'm very sensitive to, so that's scary. But it's been really good so far."

The record is being marketed as pop, but Lisa Marie's punky snarl and prickly subject matter put it on the jagged outer edges of that genre. "Honestly, it's not a pop record," Presley affirms, "and I never intended it to be, so I didn't know where it was going to fall. I hear a lot of different things. I hear (it called) country-rock, I hear rock, I hear all kinds of stuff. I don't hear any of that."

Other people's ears also hear a variety of singers living in Lisa Marie, from Cher to Courtney Love to Sheryl Crow. She admits to sounding a little Crow-ey on "Lights Out," the controversial song about the space in the ground waiting for her in the backyard of Graceland beside her father's grave. But as for the rest of the voices, Lisa Marie says she's been asking that for five years of people who have heard the record being recorded, and no one has been able to give her a comparison. "I found it very interesting that they compared me to Cher," Presley says, "because she's got a baritone voice, and sings high, in the upper register, sometimes almost sounding a little like an influence of my father, in there with her voice. It just goes right around back in a circle, you know what I'm saying? I don't know shit about this mess," she confesses, breaking into gales of laughter.

Despite her professed ignorance of the business, it seems like her natural instincts will carry her through the five-week tour. Presley has said that she'll do this for a while then turn into a recluse. Asked when she'll know when it's time and what she'll use as a yardstick, she confesses that she doesn't have the answers right now. "I don't know. We'll see very soon, won't we?" she says. "Honestly, I kind of am a homebody, I like structure, and being all over the place is really an experience and it's fun, but I need both," Presley says. "I need to have both, so I need to figure that out when the time comes." EndBlock

  • The daughter of rock royalty takes a tour and embraces a more musical, less scandal-driven lifestyle

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Music Feature

More by Grant Britt

Latest videos from the INDY

Twitter Activity

Comments

RobbieR, That might be the most hilarious comment I've ever read - well it would be funny if it wasn't …

by robotic75 on Bandleader, head chef and restaurateur Cheetie Kumar rarely sees sunlight, but at least she sees results (Music Feature)

Pick one thing and do it well the saying goes... The barely edible food truck inspired fare from Garland is …

by RobbieR on Bandleader, head chef and restaurateur Cheetie Kumar rarely sees sunlight, but at least she sees results (Music Feature)

© 2015 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation