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Little Lonely

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Folk Americana

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Dec
06
Little Lonely @ Echo Country Outpost

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Sep
15
Little Lonely @ LOT 1

Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

Aug
28
Little Lonely @ The Standard Hotel (Desert Nights)

West Hollywood, California, USA

West Hollywood, California, USA

Music

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"Once music fans listen to Little Lonely’s debut disc Little Lonely once they might just find themselves listening to it “All Night”. William Phoenix LA Music Examiner
- Examiner


"Once music fans listen to Little Lonely’s debut disc Little Lonely once they might just find themselves listening to it “All Night”. William Phoenix LA Music Examiner
- Examiner


Little Lonely - Little Lonely (Independently released CD, Pop)
Little Lonely is the band name created by Julie Cain who was born in Missouri but now lives in Los Angeles, California. Cain's debut full-length release was produced by Sean Hoffman and features a wealth of talent from the Los Angeles area. The songs on this self-titled album combine sounds and ideas from folk, pop, and Americana. What probably stands out most here is the impressive restraint on these recordings. Instead of clobbering the listener over the head with layers upon layers of stuff...these songs are presented simply and have a nice open sparse sound that is ultimately appealing and real. And speaking of real...Julie's voice comes across sounding particularly real and inspired. Eleven tracks that recall the simplicity of times gone by. Our favorites here include "Penny's First Available," "The First Time You Left Me," "Little Lonely's Lament," and "Old US 40." Truly heartfelt stuff. - Babysue


Little Lonely - Little Lonely (Independently released CD, Pop)
Little Lonely is the band name created by Julie Cain who was born in Missouri but now lives in Los Angeles, California. Cain's debut full-length release was produced by Sean Hoffman and features a wealth of talent from the Los Angeles area. The songs on this self-titled album combine sounds and ideas from folk, pop, and Americana. What probably stands out most here is the impressive restraint on these recordings. Instead of clobbering the listener over the head with layers upon layers of stuff...these songs are presented simply and have a nice open sparse sound that is ultimately appealing and real. And speaking of real...Julie's voice comes across sounding particularly real and inspired. Eleven tracks that recall the simplicity of times gone by. Our favorites here include "Penny's First Available," "The First Time You Left Me," "Little Lonely's Lament," and "Old US 40." Truly heartfelt stuff. - Babysue


Should be called Little Lovely, because these songs, despite the reverb and distant mournful lapsteel suggesting they were recorded in a desolate, emotional desert, are as pretty and enchanting as an Arid Americana Artist ever. - Roktober


Should be called Little Lovely, because these songs, despite the reverb and distant mournful lapsteel suggesting they were recorded in a desolate, emotional desert, are as pretty and enchanting as an Arid Americana Artist ever. - Roktober


June 20, 2013 By jrivera
Little Lonely
Red Dress Records, 2013
Julie Cain is the singer/songwriter behind Little Lonely and while there’s a country feel here, she’s neither Shania Twain ‘nor Loretta Lynn. No, this is the girl next door who was raised alongside the interstate listening to big rigs roaring past, the lonesome country ballads of Patsy Cline and Buck Owens playing on a well worn jukebox, and the ever present smells of fresh

baked apple pie. The sort of places where beef jerky, dashboard Jesus’s, UFO’s and pine scented air freshener’s all get the same amount of counter space. You picture that and you get a clear picture of the images that crowd Cain’s walls and songbook.
On “Top Stair,” Cain’s making excuses for her lover who’s indiscretions are becoming increasingly indiscreet. There’s a great raunchy saxophone coloring this song, getting at the heart of things directly.
“Jesus Is In My Swimming Pool,” is another strong number. Questioning motives, values and meaning, with a great driving alt-country backing track. This is a strong number that ought to pop up on a lot of indie radio stations coast to coast.
“Buttonwillow,” covers a lot of territory. Eddie Rabbit, modern families on the move, The Foxy Lady Tavern and UFO’s. As a picture postcard of somewhere, one could do far worse. Cain shows an extraordinary knack for painting accurate pictures with precious few choice words. She shares her wry observations on her America, with equal parts mischief and nostalgia.
Little Lonely, er, Miss Cain, displays an extraordinary amount of depth here. Don’t mistake her softer sounds for a submissive stance. She has much to say, but isn’t the sort to shout about it all. This quieter stance is part of her seductive charm. - Indie Music


June 20, 2013 By jrivera
Little Lonely
Red Dress Records, 2013
Julie Cain is the singer/songwriter behind Little Lonely and while there’s a country feel here, she’s neither Shania Twain ‘nor Loretta Lynn. No, this is the girl next door who was raised alongside the interstate listening to big rigs roaring past, the lonesome country ballads of Patsy Cline and Buck Owens playing on a well worn jukebox, and the ever present smells of fresh

baked apple pie. The sort of places where beef jerky, dashboard Jesus’s, UFO’s and pine scented air freshener’s all get the same amount of counter space. You picture that and you get a clear picture of the images that crowd Cain’s walls and songbook.
On “Top Stair,” Cain’s making excuses for her lover who’s indiscretions are becoming increasingly indiscreet. There’s a great raunchy saxophone coloring this song, getting at the heart of things directly.
“Jesus Is In My Swimming Pool,” is another strong number. Questioning motives, values and meaning, with a great driving alt-country backing track. This is a strong number that ought to pop up on a lot of indie radio stations coast to coast.
“Buttonwillow,” covers a lot of territory. Eddie Rabbit, modern families on the move, The Foxy Lady Tavern and UFO’s. As a picture postcard of somewhere, one could do far worse. Cain shows an extraordinary knack for painting accurate pictures with precious few choice words. She shares her wry observations on her America, with equal parts mischief and nostalgia.
Little Lonely, er, Miss Cain, displays an extraordinary amount of depth here. Don’t mistake her softer sounds for a submissive stance. She has much to say, but isn’t the sort to shout about it all. This quieter stance is part of her seductive charm. - Indie Music


www.littlelonely.com
LITTLE LONELY: When everyone was listening to Linda Ronstadt, there were people off in a parallel universe listening to Vandy, Karen Dalton and other organic singers lost to time and tide. Such organic sounds has resurrected under the hubris of Americana and indie, but they are offbeat just the same. This isn't to say these girls weren't making compelling music--it just had no chance of breaking through for any number of reasons. With a lot of the risen crème of the LA indie world lending a hand, they came for to play. This is one of those organic folk/rock things that grabs you when you least expect it and doesn't let go. Beginning her career playing in a funeral home when she was 11, you wouldn't want Ms. Lonely to lose her skewed view of things at this point, would you? Subversively mellow stuff that's masking the explosion below. Check it out, it's a winner throughout. - Midwest Record


www.littlelonely.com
LITTLE LONELY: When everyone was listening to Linda Ronstadt, there were people off in a parallel universe listening to Vandy, Karen Dalton and other organic singers lost to time and tide. Such organic sounds has resurrected under the hubris of Americana and indie, but they are offbeat just the same. This isn't to say these girls weren't making compelling music--it just had no chance of breaking through for any number of reasons. With a lot of the risen crème of the LA indie world lending a hand, they came for to play. This is one of those organic folk/rock things that grabs you when you least expect it and doesn't let go. Beginning her career playing in a funeral home when she was 11, you wouldn't want Ms. Lonely to lose her skewed view of things at this point, would you? Subversively mellow stuff that's masking the explosion below. Check it out, it's a winner throughout. - Midwest Record


Who would have thought that some offbeat, funky musicians based in the City of Angels would save heartland American Country Music?  Really.  Pop crap slid over from rock ‘n roll and migrated to Country in recent years. Someone needed to save it.
I’m aware of the current nomenclature of Americana/Roots music but it’s inadequate.
I see the word Americana and I think of old paintings lacking perspective and stuff that got good seemingly for just getting old. Roots? That implies the early stuff in the hill country and down in the bayou.
No, no, no. What’s going on is better than just a yearning for the past.  It’s unique artists living in this world, right now, seeing it through clear eyes or at least eyes fogged by their own vision, pain and maybe substance abuse.  But it’s here. Today.
If it’s a lot like something last week or last century it’s because time rolls on but people don’t change.  Human nature’s the same. Even lonesomeness in the era of “social” media. Maybe especially now.

Little Lonely (Julie Cain, formerly performing as Bitsy Lee)
 Little Lonely  (Release on June 25 but you can hear it online now.)
The sounds of US 40 close this album.  That’s right. The actual hum of a road and the weather, thunder sometimes. It’s a good metaphor for Little Lonely’s Little Lonely.

There are roads that run through the outskirts of towns you never see. There are beauty parlors where we go “to feel a whole lot better when we’re new” but we never do.
There are country carnivals that are sad behind the bright lights but it’s even sadder when they leave town.  Just like that “pointless fling” that’s passed.
There’s a strangeness “to living between point A and point B.“ Or maybe beyond points where “truth is always a railroad.”
There are songs of betrayal when he “wouldn’t dare” take her to the room you share.  “I swear she’ll never get past the top stair.”
There’s an artist here who knows what a rich metaphor “stairs” are and uses it twice. There’s a thinker who wonders if Jesus is out by the pool then “who is gonna be your God?”  Nobody?  Good luck with that.
There’s a musical sense that employs throbbing electric guitars riffs in places, soft mandolin in others and sometimes together, brassy horns, mournful pedal steel guitar, twelve-string and, in one place, an absolutely spooky organ.
There’s this unique little voice that is somehow powerful.  What can I compare it to, or whom? Do I even want to? She’s worth hearing without suggestion.  But since critics are supposed to do stuff like that: wait for just a trace of Dolly Parton at her softest, a smidgen of Cyndi Lauper.
Nah, like them she’s her own self.
She can sing about the “burial ground of feeling” but she hasn’t stopped feeling. She’s unsparing –  maybe when you get old you’re just “a slower version of yourself”  — but she’ll give you a smile just as quickly.  “Accidents happen, they do.” Ok, it’s dark humor but it’s funny.
So “Tell me again. I got all night.” - International Review of Music


Who would have thought that some offbeat, funky musicians based in the City of Angels would save heartland American Country Music?  Really.  Pop crap slid over from rock ‘n roll and migrated to Country in recent years. Someone needed to save it.
I’m aware of the current nomenclature of Americana/Roots music but it’s inadequate.
I see the word Americana and I think of old paintings lacking perspective and stuff that got good seemingly for just getting old. Roots? That implies the early stuff in the hill country and down in the bayou.
No, no, no. What’s going on is better than just a yearning for the past.  It’s unique artists living in this world, right now, seeing it through clear eyes or at least eyes fogged by their own vision, pain and maybe substance abuse.  But it’s here. Today.
If it’s a lot like something last week or last century it’s because time rolls on but people don’t change.  Human nature’s the same. Even lonesomeness in the era of “social” media. Maybe especially now.

Little Lonely (Julie Cain, formerly performing as Bitsy Lee)
 Little Lonely  (Release on June 25 but you can hear it online now.)
The sounds of US 40 close this album.  That’s right. The actual hum of a road and the weather, thunder sometimes. It’s a good metaphor for Little Lonely’s Little Lonely.

There are roads that run through the outskirts of towns you never see. There are beauty parlors where we go “to feel a whole lot better when we’re new” but we never do.
There are country carnivals that are sad behind the bright lights but it’s even sadder when they leave town.  Just like that “pointless fling” that’s passed.
There’s a strangeness “to living between point A and point B.“ Or maybe beyond points where “truth is always a railroad.”
There are songs of betrayal when he “wouldn’t dare” take her to the room you share.  “I swear she’ll never get past the top stair.”
There’s an artist here who knows what a rich metaphor “stairs” are and uses it twice. There’s a thinker who wonders if Jesus is out by the pool then “who is gonna be your God?”  Nobody?  Good luck with that.
There’s a musical sense that employs throbbing electric guitars riffs in places, soft mandolin in others and sometimes together, brassy horns, mournful pedal steel guitar, twelve-string and, in one place, an absolutely spooky organ.
There’s this unique little voice that is somehow powerful.  What can I compare it to, or whom? Do I even want to? She’s worth hearing without suggestion.  But since critics are supposed to do stuff like that: wait for just a trace of Dolly Parton at her softest, a smidgen of Cyndi Lauper.
Nah, like them she’s her own self.
She can sing about the “burial ground of feeling” but she hasn’t stopped feeling. She’s unsparing –  maybe when you get old you’re just “a slower version of yourself”  — but she’ll give you a smile just as quickly.  “Accidents happen, they do.” Ok, it’s dark humor but it’s funny.
So “Tell me again. I got all night.” - International Review of Music


"The competition is ON for album of the year. Essential." - RUST Magazine


"The competition is ON for album of the year. Essential." - RUST Magazine


Discography

Debut release: "Little Lonely" by Little Lonely, 2013

Radio airplay on JoE Silva's Just Under the Radar on WUGA FM, Athens Georgia

On regular rotation at KOPN FM Radio in Columbia, MO on John Lofton's Sunday Morning show

Internet Radio:
Playboy Radio on Playmates Present, Independent's Day with Joe Armstrong, Town & Country Underground Radio with Kim Grant, Roots Revival (Belgium), Rocky Mountain Radio

Apps: Band of the Day featured artist

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Bio

Missouri-born, Los Angeles-based storyteller, Little Lonely (www.littlelonely.com), a.k.a. Julie Cain, provides a soundtrack for the forgotten American landscape. Otherworldly, intoxicating and full of longing, her music evokes a time out of balance. Its equal parts mirth and quiet reflection from the heartland.

Little Lonelys eponymous 2013 debut is already receiving international praise:

One of the best indie-folk releases thus far in 2013. This one is a must, folks. The Daily News, PA

Shes neither Shania Twain nor Loretta Lynn. Picture the sort of places where beef jerky, dashboard Jesuss, UFOs and pine scented air fresheners all get the same amount of counter space then you get a clear picture of the images that crowd Cains walls and songbook. Indie Music

This is the archetypal blue collar heroine. As of right now, the competition is ON for album of the year. Essential. RUST Magazine

Subversively mellow stuff thats masking the explosion below, a winner throughout. Midwest Record

The full-length record, produced by multi-instrumentalist, Sean Hoffman (American Music Club, Loch&Key, Linda Perhacs), features accomplished musicians from the world of Indie-Rock, Folk and Americana music in Los Angeles, including Greg Eklund (Everclear, The Oohlas), Eric Heywood (The Pretenders, Son Volt), Heather McIntosh (Norah Jones, Gnarls Barkley) and George Sluppick (The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Mofro), just to name a few. The result combines hushed steel string horizons and echo drenched guitars with vocals that recall the plaintive wail made up of equal parts Maria McKee, Hope Sandoval and Julee Cruise.

Little Lonely is finding friends in radio in the US, the UK and on the web this summer with single Top Stair in the Top Ten on Just Off the Radar, WUGA 97.9FM Athens, GA and with international airplay on KOPN 89.5FM, Columbia, MO. Kim Grant, Internet Radio Host/Programmer of Town & Country Underground Radio in Los Angeles has Little Lonely on her playlist. Roots Revival (Belgium) has the album on rotation this summer and The Alternate Root lists Carnival King in its Top Ten.

The album is widely available via digital download, including iTunes and Amazon, as well as CD and download at www.littlelonely.com. A limited vinyl run is expected in the fall. Performances, such as the live show at KCRW DJ Valida's Desert Nights at the Standard and an in-studio performance on Playboy Radio, will continue through the season throughout the West, followed by a Midwest tour.

Ms. Lonely works in close collaboration on her music videos with like-minded artists local to L.A. Her video debut Top Stair, shot by photographer Wonder Bright, is on YouTube and stars dreamy AM pop duo Loch & Key. A second video for the opening track Pennys First Available is coming in fall as well as two bonus tracks from the recording sessions at Sean Hoffmans studio in Echo Park.

While this may be the debut from Little Lonely, its not her first foray into music. Before moving to the West Coast at age 18, Cain began her musical career by playing the organ at a funeral home in a suburb of Kansas City. Later, in California, she explored country music through a persona in college known as Bitsy Lee. At its essence, the project combined performance art and music inspired by Cains ancestors who roamed the Midwest playing in honky-tonks.

Cains performances caught the attention of producers, Hoffman, and, prior to that, Greg Eklund (Everclear, The Oohlas) and Geoff Walcha (Everclear, Ben Harper) who co-produced her EP (2005), Interstate Hum. Described as "moody, subtle, intelligent and, just occasionally, a little bit Patsy Cline" by Americana UK, the project led to music placements in feature films Broken Hill, starring Timothy Hutton and Hurt, starring Melora Walters. Picture Show (2011), Cains self-produced demo with guest performers Dead Kennedys East Bay Ray & Chuck Lindo (Actionslacks), yielded placement in the short film My Own Private Demon.