Posted On 14 Nov 2018
On Monday, (November 12th) the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Elle King wrapped up her Shake The Spirit Tour at Downtown LA’s Belasco Theater. This international tour began on September 22nd at the Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin, TN. Released on October 19th via RCA Records, “Shake The Spirit” is King’s sophomore album. It is the follow-up to her previous 2015 debut collection, “Love Stuff” which contained her hit song, “Ex’s and Oh’s.
Regarding this second album, the singer explained, “I decided to call it Shake the Spirit because I was shaken to the core over the last year-and-a-half. I was literally talking to ghosts. But making the album not only changed my life, it saved my life. It’s like when you see somebody who is struggling, you want to shake them. Putting this record out is like shaking myself awake.”
King worked with several songwriters on “Shake The Spirit” including Death Cab for Cutie front-man Ben Gibbard, Grammy-winning producer Greg Kurstin and Larkin Poe sister members Rebecca and Meghan Lovell. The album’s first single “Shame,” was written by King and Tim Pagnotta.
Dressed in a flowery baby blue dress fit for a Disney Princess, ironically juxtaposed opposite her edgy lyrics. Backed by her stellar band, The Brethren, the dark country sound filled the packed venue. King performed most of the songs on her newest album including the personal tracks “Naturally Pretty Girls,” “Told You So,” “Good Thing Gone,” “Speaking In Tongues” and others. She and her rhythm guitarist, Cameron Neal, performed their duet “Chained” half-way through the show and the crowd loved their harmonies.
When Elle King wasn’t strumming the guitar or the banjo, she was dancing on stage, swaying her body around and truly engaging the music and the crowd. While she didn’t talk too much in between songs, her lyrics spoke for themselves. She did remark that she was happy to be back home in LA and finishing the tour there.
Before belting out “Runaway” King told the audience, “Alright let’s get romantic, I wore this fucking dress!”
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