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  • Downbeat critic Frank John Hadley says "the new album is a gem! Vocals have true distinction, many try to reach that level, very few succeed...the use of fiddle on "Hades' Bride' is a strok of genius."

  • "I listened to the album 3x this afternoon. [Karen Lovely's] best so far."
    - Gary 'The Wagman' Wagner, host of KJZZ "Nothin' But the Blues"

Music = love + service.

Music connects and heals...and should occasionally come at you like John Henry's hammer.

My songs are firmly grounded in Blues, Roots, and Americana but I identify as a contemporary artist, not a traditional one. With my newest release, Fish Outta Water, I'm following the long standing blues tradition of writing and recording songs about social injustice, domestic violence, abuse, assault, homelessness, addiction, death, good old fashioned heartbreak...and redemption - with lyrics that grab your heart and music that moves your body.

I'm passionate about using my music to help others - and with this album I'm continuing the advocacy and outreach work I started with my previous records, to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and raise awareness about important social issues. 10% of my PledgeMusic pre-order sales are being donated to RAINN, the nation's largest anti sexual violence organization.

The journey from ideas scratched onpaper to recording and releasing an entire album, requires vision, hard work, dedication, a commitment to excellence, and if you're an independent artist like me, a lot of grassroots support from fans.

I've spent more than a year working on this record and am beyond excited to bring this new album to you. Working with producer Eric Corne, and all the musicians on this album, was an incredible experience. I believe it's the best work I've done so far.

But you don't have to take my word for it, listen for yourself.
If you like what you hear and want to support my music:

  • Pre-order the new album now through my Bandcamp store and get an immediate digital album download.
  • Sponsor the album by making a one time gift to my PayPal account - your gift will help offset production costs and assist with promotion, advertising and PR.


  • Tell your friends how much you like my music and share the link to my website or facebook page. YOU are the best endorsement I have!!!

Thank You for your support, for being involved, for helping me bring you great, new music!!!


(L to R: Phil Parlapiano, Karen Lovely, Eric Corne, Taras Prodaniuk, Matt Tecu, Doug Pettibone)

FISH OUTTA WATER features 12 tracks of all new original contemporary Blues, Soul, and Ameriana, produced by award winning songwriter/engineer/producer Eric Corne (Walter Trout/John Mayall).

We recorded with a killer group of session musicians:

Rick Holmstrom - guitars (Mavis Staples)
Doug Pettibone - electric and acoustic guitar (Lucinda Williams)
Al Bonhomme - guitar, mandolin (Dwight Yoakam)
Ben Rice - electric guitar,dobro (IBC Winner Best Solo/Duo guitar)
Eamon Ryland -slide guitar (Mickey Avalon)
Taras Prodaniuk - bass (Elvis Costello/Lucinda Williams/Dwight Yoakam)
Matt Tecu - drums, congas, shaker, tambourine (Janiva Magness)
Skip Edwards Hammond organd, farfisa (CMA Winner - Best Keys)
Phil Parlapiano Hammond organ, piano (John Prine/Rod Stewart/Toad the Wet Sprockett)
Sasha Smith - Wurlitzer, piano (Tom Waits/Walter Trout/Linda Perry)
DJ Bonebrake on marimba (X)
Alan Mark Lightner steel drums, timbale, congas, guiro (Will Smith/Mos Def)
Dave Ralicke - baritone sax and cornet (Beck/Lucinda Williams/The Shins)
Eric Gorfain - violin (Christina Aguilera/Sam Phillips/Ryan Adams)
Richard Dodd - cello (Boz Scaggs/Stephane Grappelli/Robert Plant/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/Dixie Chicks)
Eric Corne - Background vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar (Walter Trout/John Mayall)





My last record, Ten Miles of Bad Road, (listed by Downbeat as one of the Best Albums of 2016), was made possible by generous pledges and pre-sales orders from my fans and supporters.

2016 BMA Nominee "Best Contemporary Female Vocalist"
2016 "Blues Blast Nominee "Best Female Artist"
2016 Muddy Award Winner "Performance of the Year"
2015 Blues411 Winner "Best Contemporary Female Vocalist"

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