Lillie Mae: "I might write a melody on the fiddle. But I've loved the guitar since day one - everything comes from that"

Lillie Mae and her Gibson - "My image has always been a problem for the traditional country and bluegrass audiences" (Image credit: Maro Hagopian)

Nashville-based roots artist Lillie Mae recently released her third solo album, the Dave Cobb-produced Other Girls, via Jack White’s Third Man Records. 

The album’s haunting and eerie harmonies are juxtaposed against some downright swampy instrumentation and traditional elements that anchor Mae’s other-worldly vibe in something that’s steeped in Americana without resorting to anything remotely resembling a cliché. We recently caught up with Mae to give her the five questions treatment.

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.