Lisa Marie Presley well-suited for coziness of Eddie's Attic
By Melissa Ruggieri
Lisa Marie Presley is a diminutive figure, an inherently shy person who has nonetheless decided to put herself in the position of being an artist – and one who has spent months on the road, standing in front of crowds in intimate rooms and putting her vulnerability on display.
While she clearly isn’t naturally comfortable onstage – though with five musicians backing her on the cramped Eddie’s Attic stage, she might have felt physically penned in as well – she nonetheless conversed quietly with the audience and tried to indulge the boorish types who constantly interrupted her with song requests and irrelevant comments.
Yes, it must be difficult being a Presley – do we really need to remind anyone of her parental heritage? – yet Lisa Marie knows there is no escaping her pedigree.
Fortunately, she has the chops to silence anyone who thinks she’s cashing in on her famous name. Her fans, too – loud as they might have been – seemed to be genuine devotees of her music and not merely curiosity seekers.
One table at the first of her two extremely sold out shows on Sunday sang so brashly during “S.O.B.” and “Sticks and Stones” that they drowned out the very voice they came to hear.
Presley’s latest album –her third – is the contemplative “Storm & Grace,” a moody, often melancholy but insightful collection produced by T Bone Burnett.
Photo credit: Melissa Ruggieri