For nearly two years, singer-songwriter Elle King has battled what she calls an “epidemic of depression” by delving deeper into her craft. Now, King says she’s finished her virtual performances and songwriting in isolation, and she’s ready to hit the road on the Drunk and I Don’t Wanna Go Home Tour.
“I feel that I have been placed on this Earth to perform; It just does something for me and my spirit,” King said in a recent phone interview from her new home in Rhode Island. The tour, which takes its title from her fiery Grammy-nominated duet, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” with country star Miranda Lambert, begins February 15. at the House of Blues San Diego and ended up near Los Angeles, King’s hometown with performances at House of Blues Anaheim March 26 and The Fonda in Los Angeles on March 28.
“I love my son and he will always go first and be nil, but the nearest second was on that stage,” she continued. “Just sing these songs and be with everyone. Music is the music of life and I love it very much. So thank God that for some magical reason I’m still in this profession. “
The 32-year-old daughter of actor and comedian Rob Schneider and model London King welcomed their first child, Lucky Levi, with partner Dan Tooker this past September. She often posts videos of herself singing children’s songs she wrote for her son, but she insists the new album she wrote during quarantine and pregnancy has little to do with the baby.
“I’m excited to introduce some new music on the tour and see what fans think,” she said without revealing much else. Fans will also hear songs that King wrote and released in Los Angeles during the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown, making up her 2020 EP “In Isolation,” which includes the single “The Let’s Go”.
“Music is a great catalyst for me to release emotions,” she says. “There were a lot of songs that were really emotional, important and close to my heart on the first record and I connected a lot with the fans about that. I try to keep doing that because when I hit something or lose my mind, I used to have bad things that I wanted to work towards, but now it’s music… there’s always music. ”
King first gained attention in 2015 with his debut album Love Stuff, which featured the singles “Ex’s & Oh’s” and “America’s Sweetheart”. The disc features elements of alternative rock, pop, punk, blues, and country music, making it easy for King to fit a variety of festival bills including KROQ (106.7 FM) Almost acoustic Christmas in Inglewood and three days Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. In 2016, she was promoted to the country star Dierks Bentley topped the charts, CMA award winning song “Different For Girls,” and she went from immersing herself in country music to immersing herself in first.
“I just kept letting these opportunities fall into my lap and no one said, ‘No, you can’t do that,’” she said of working across genres and opening up to artists from all over the world. Dropkick Murphys and Heart to The Chicks and Chris Stapleton. “It helped me stop judging myself and not worry too much about what other people would think about me doing something different. I just do what makes me happy now, and that has opened up my life in so many ways. ”
King’s second album, “Shake The Spirit,” came out in 2018 and frankly records the lows King was going through at the time. She’s been through a divorce, her mind is full of self-doubt and she’s been drinking a lot, all of which she openly reveals in songs like ” Shame”, “Man’s Man” and “Sober.”
The new music, she said, gives her a much more peaceful space, although she hasn’t finished raising the hell out yet, which is evident in her duet with Lambert.
“So it wasn’t a good plan,” she said of her pregnancy and commercial for a drinking song last year. “That’s probably the best that can happen, because I’m not going to hide my reputation. I’m loud and fun and I like to let my hair down. My dad laughed and he said, ‘Thank God you’re pregnant, otherwise that music video would have been a very different thing.’ Pregnancy probably saved me and allowed me to be very present and sweet, so that’s a good thing. ”
While she’ll likely raise a glass on this tour, King said she’d be happy if fans were out there sipping lemonade.
“It took me 32 years and pregnant to learn that you don’t have to be drunk to have fun,” she laughs. “For me, it is important to honor those who choose sanity. I want people to know that they are accepted and welcome here. It’s not about training, it’s about music and being together. If you’re sober, you can get hooked on music and I know it’s true. Music can make you feel something and you don’t have to be drunk or too high to feel it.”
As King prepares to hit the road with her first high-profile tour since 2018, she’s also thinking. She recently posted on Instagram a sweet tribute to Ronettes singer Ronnie Spector, who passed away in January. The pair went back and forth a few times and even recorded a Christmas song together, “Under the Mistletoe!,” in 2019.
“She was a huge, huge influence for me, and I think a lot of people have heard that in ‘Ex’s & Oh’s,’ there’s a repulsive sound to it,” she said. while recalling the time Spector asked her to perform with her at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK in 2016. “She invited me on her bus and she had that husky voice and she said , ‘You want to sing? Do you want to come up and sing back up?’ Because I told her one of my all-time dreams is to be a backup singer in a doo-wop group. She was so sweet and so lovely and I did the backup with her singers and they taught me the dance moves and it was one of the best moments of my life. step off the stage and Billy Gibbons [of ZZ Top] stood there and it was one of those crazy moments that I will never forget for the rest of my life. “
Elle King’s Drunk and I Don’t Wanna Go Home Tour
With: Lola Kirke
When: 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 26
Where: House of Blues Anaheim, 400 Disney Way #337, Anaheim
Ticket: $30 at LiveNation.com
Also: 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 15 at the House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego. $30-$50 at LiveNation.com; 9:00 p.m. Monday, March 28 at The Fonda, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. $35 at AXS.com.
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