I first heard of Lydia Loveless via NPR Music’s Austin 100. Her rocker “Really Wanna See You” is a great intro into her current work: The great voice, the lyrics full of honesty and wit, and her backing band that takes her “classic country music success story” and gives it more of an musical edge. Her Tiny Desk performance is also amazing.

But what stuns me the most is this acoustic version of her song “Everything’s Gone” recorded for WNYC’s Studio 360 podcast (Which is great) In this version, Everything’s Gone, with its Steinbeckian storytelling of losing your home is a truely great American country/folk song. I think this can find a place among the greats of americana, with Cash, Nelson, Parton, Baez. (Edit: The more I listen to the song, the more I feel like this could also be a great Tracy Chapman song.)

She is still so young – just 23. So much good music to come.

 I really want to see her and Hurray for the Riff Raff together, live. Be it in Rosenheim or a New Orleans bar.