Lilly Hiatt is releasing a new set of songs on Lately, due out Oct. 15 on New West Records. The 10-song collection was co-produced by Hiatt and her drummer Kate Haldrup at Death Ladder in East Nashville.
Lately is the follow up to Hiatt’s album Walking Proof, and was created as a bit of a balm during last year’s trying time during the pandemic. The sudden stillness forced Hiatt to take a deep look inside and inspired her to write.
“Last year was tough. That’s an understatement for certain,” admits Hiatt. “Tears were shed, lives were lost, and lonely was a way of life. I have always felt lonely, but never gone to the depths of solitude that I had in 2020. The irony of that is, I was not alone at all in that space. Everyone had lost something, and we all were trying to rebuild our lives as we knew them. As a means of keeping sane, I started to write songs. Some of them sucked. I kept doing it though, because I had nothing else to fill my cup. Depression was a big part of fall and winter. I forgot how down I could feel.” She continues, “But I also felt hope in that light that came from a memory of a past adventure or a stranger’s smile while walking down the street. Little things lifted my spirits. I missed my friends. I missed my family. I was devastated by the grief our country was facing, as well as the world. I felt unified in knowing that I was not on my own in that mentality. I realized that my heart was full of everything I loved and that would carry me forward for the time being. Eventually we would all get back to one another.”
Hiatt is launching a North American tour with Lydia Loveless on Oct. 20 that will keep the duo on the road throughout November and will feature stops in Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, and more.
10. The Last Tear