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Lydia Loveless returns to Pagosa

By Melissa Buckley
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Melissa Buckley If you missed Lydia Loveless at Outlaw Snowdown last year, don’t do it again. The 22-year-old vocal powerhouse will grace the OSD stage on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Photo courtesy Melissa Buckley
If you missed Lydia Loveless at Outlaw Snowdown last year, don’t do it again. The 22-year-old vocal powerhouse will grace the OSD stage on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Lydia Loveless was a highlight for those who caught her set at the inaugural Outlaw Snowdown in 2012. The 22-year-old vocal powerhouse will grace the OSD stage again on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The only returning act from last year, Loveless will go on prior to Saturday night’s headliners, Micky and the Motorcars. Having played early in 2012, many missed the Loretta Lynn-esque artist, only to hear how great she was from those who didn’t. Word to the wise: Don’t miss this year’s openers, either.

Loveless’ 2012 album, “Indestructible Machine,” garnered critical acclaim worldwide. Edgy-lyrics, and blast-it-to-the back-of-the-room vocals, not to mention the occasional pop cover, make her show a can’t-miss occasion. Throw in husband Ben Lamb’s spirited stand-up bass playing and her father, Parker Chandler’s, energetic drumming and you’ve got first-rate entertainment on your hands.

Loveless is currently writing her third album and will tour Europe after her Outlaw Snowdown appearance.

The other female-fronted band in the 2013 lineup is Durango-based Caitlin Cannon + the Artillery. Playing what they call “Dream-Pop Americana,” the girls tour the region (and beyond) regularly and recently opened for The Reverend Horton Heat.

Tickets for the two-day festival are $75 for both days or $50 for one and can also be purchased online at outlawsnowdown.com/tickets or by phone at (949) 690-3457.

The official kickoff party featuring Rag Water (Chris Haas and Chris Rapp) will be held at The Backroom Wine Bar on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. and is free to the public.

For more information, visit www.outlawsnowdown.com or call Melissa at (949) 690-3457. If you’d like to volunteer or become a vendor, e-mail melissa@buckwildproductions.com.

This story was posted on January 31, 2013.