Rebecca Reis | Staff Writer
When country music legend K. D. Lang made her latest album with a whole new band, she called it Sing It Loud, and that is just what Chautauquans hope she will do tonight.
At 8 p.m. tonight, after having won more than four Grammys, having sung at the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony and having a career spanning more than 25 years, Lang is bringing the Siss Boom Bang to the Amphitheater stage for the first time.
Lang, who started her music career with a Patsy Cline cover band called k.d. lang and The Reclines in 1983, grew to popularity on her own as a country and pop artist known for her strong, crooning voice. Sing It Loud, released by k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang just last year, shows that Lang’s music is still going strong.
It is the first time she has shared her name with a group since The Reclines, but Lang said in an interview with Australia’s ABC Art Nation that from the minute the Siss Boom Bang walked in, there was “something special about the group.”
“The band was integral to the sound of the record,” Lang said. “So I just thought that, in all fairness, it was ‘k.d. lang and the (Siss Boom Bang),’ because they were just so much a part of the record.”
Opening for Lang is Lera Lynn, an up-and-coming singer from Athens, Ga. Her single “Bobby, Baby” garnered her national attention last year, and her strong and sweet voice can be heard on her 2011 album Have You Met Lera Lynn?
It is also Lynn’s first visit to Chautauqua. She said the audience can expect a “folky blues” sound from her set tonight, and she will be part of an acoustic trio instead of a her typical four-piece band. Her tour with Lang and the Siss Boom Bang started Aug. 1.
“It’s great,” Lynn said. “Everyone is driven, and professional and organized, and the musicians are all top-notch.”
She said touring with Lang has been a great experience.
“She’s amazing,” Lynn said. “I’m learning a lot watching the show. It’s great to be around someone at the top of the game.”
Though Sing It Loud may have been her first time working with Siss Boom Bang, Lang is no stranger to collaborations. She has worked with Tony Bennett, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn and Roy Orbison. She said in the ABC interview that collaborations with other artists let her see their personal and professional lives and that she learns from them.
“To me, a collaboration is all about education and unlocking parts of yourself,” she said. “I’ve had a nice education of being around Tony and Loretta Lynn and Roy, and seeing how people from that era have so much grace.”
Though the music industry has changed since she started in the 1980s, Lang said music is one thing that has not.
“People are people. Music is music, and those are two constants that will never change,” Lang said in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal earlier this year. “People want to hear music. It’s a salve for our day-to-day troubles. I still think music fills a void.”