Matt Potter 10:30 a.m., July 15
San Diego's Lovebirds Have New Songs to Sing
"We just concluded a really successful month long west coast tour," says songstress Lindsay White, who with her partner Veronica May is one half of the Lovebirds. "By successful, I mean we only got robbed once and we didn't lose money."
The duo traveled up to Eugene and Bend Oregon and back, performing seventeen shows in twenty-three days. "We also performed live on KLCC Eugene's Front Porch Revue for an NPR affiliate. Our best gig while on tour was surprisingly in Fresno at a bar-coffee shop hybrid called Fresno Brewing Company. It looked like it belonged in South Park, so we felt right at home."
The Lovebirds were touring behind a new full-length released in April, Nutsy Pants, produced, recorded, and mixed by Jeff Berkley at Berkley Sound, and mastered by Gavin Lurssen and Lurssen Mastering.
“Pretty little harmonies with a pretty little lady,” is how Veronica May describes their music. May, whose parents fronted the 1970s band the Flatlanders, has been playing piano for over 20 years, percussion for over a decade, and guitar for several years. A 2008 San Diego Music Award winner for Best Acoustic, May also plays with White in the Forget Me Nots, a 1940s-inspired ensemble.
“The Forget Me Nots sound is throwback Americana jazz, blues, and even some country, with rich four-part vocals,” says White, who got her start playing open mics at venues like Lestat’s Coffee House. “We make the new, original songs sound like antiques. My solo music is very soft and folksy but with potent lyrics. The Lovebirds is sort of a mix of all that...when people ask what I’m like onstage, I tell them to imagine Bob Dylan with a skirt.”
White elaborates. “I try to live by the Bob Dylan lyric ‘He not busy being born is busy dying.’ I have it taped to my computer screen at work, to remind me I better not let myself be stuck in a cubicle forever.” In 2009, White was one of six finalists in the San Diego Songwriters Guild’s Songwriting Contest at the Belly Up Tavern.
Veronica May, who once collected Mad Magazines (“This explains a lot about me”), also fronts a self-named solo band. “I’ve always loved Lindsay’s singing...she has a nostalgic voice that renders kindness and understanding. And I love that.”
With her own band and with May, White has hit the stage of over a dozen local venues. “The best was the first time I played Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge — my parents came to San Diego to see me on my first date back after a tour. I was thrilled about the stage, the sound, [and] the crowd. Even though they did misspell my name on the marquee out front.”
In October 2010, White released her album Tracks, its name and sound (and cover artwork by Nicole Torres) all inspired by her favorite album, Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. That same month, she was featured in the October 11 issue of People magazine, regarding a contest she won for Hotel Indigo called Locals Know Best. She was also featured in the August 2011 issue of Curve Magazine, a nationally distributed periodical.
The Lovebirds will appear at Java Joe's on June 29, as well as performing for Berkley Hart's annual "O Berkley Where Hart Thou" old time music fest at Poway Center for the Performing Arts on September 22.
Other than that, there may be few Lovebirds sightings around town for awhile. Says White, "Now that the tour bug bit us, we're itching to get back out on the road again ASAP!"
Here are the Lovebirds counting both pleasures and punchlines in "Life is so Good," performed at an Oasis House concert on November 19, 2011: