My Wild West is Lissie‘s third studio album and her most personal one to date; a fitting tribute to Lissie’s life in California, from her arrival as a fresh-faced singer-songwriter to now, leaving for the Midwest wiser and more self-assured. My Wild West represents both a new beginning and a return to Lissie’s Midwestern roots.
Lissie’s label Lionboy teamed up with Thirty Tigers to present My Wild West to be released on February 12th and Lissie is pleased to share the first song, “Hero”, from the record:
“I want my 40 acres in the sun,” sings Lissie on ‘Hero’; written before she had made the decision to leave California, the song revealed her sub-conscious desires and predicted the changes to come. It details Lissie’s struggles with life on the West Coast and the inner strength she gained from overcoming her problems to forge her own path: “I could have been a hero, I could have been a zero, I could have been all of these things”.
My Wild West was recorded in Nashville with Bill Reynolds, Lissie’s band from Ojai, and executive producer Curt Schneider in his Studio City home. Celebrating her newfound artistic freedom, Lissie found “the moment I decided not to make an album was when I really started to make the album. That took all the pressure off.” What emerged from that period was a cohesive, conceptual, musical whole. “The songs turned out to be more personal because I wasn’t adhering to a strict set schedule” she explains.
With a career that has seen her open for renowned artist Lenny Kravitz (an early supporter), Tom Petty and even been asked to perform at Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore’s wedding, Lissie has had a wealth of incredible experiences that have made her the confident and determined artist she is today. As she moves into the next journey, she says, “I feel I’m in a really good place. In fact, I’m already planning a follow-up album, My Mild Midwest,” she says with a laugh.