“We’re trying really hard to make time to create a new [album],” says Naples. “That’s our goal this winter, to really set aside the time.”
They already have written new songs, some of which they performed at Rocklahoma, and they are itching to perfect and record them.
Naples says the plan is to take a two or three week break from their rigorous touring schedule to sit down as a group and put together their ideas. Lovebettie is evolving, and they want their fans to have access to their music as it evolves.
“You want people to hear and understand and know where you’re at now,” Naples explains.
“My grandparents used to be in a country band for about thirty years, and my grandmother taught me how to play bass,” tells Quinn. “And like Larry [drums] says, you can tell.”
Naples, during her teen years, lost her grandmother, someone she felt extremely close to.
“In my life, that was the most difficult thing I’ve ever gone through,” says Naples. “That’s actually when I started writing my own music.”
Lovebettie’s song “Are You Out There?” is written about Naples’ grandmother, and it took Naples twelve years to write the song. When she performed it at Rocklahoma, her eyes were brimming with tears, and loving memory swam in her melancholy voice.
They searched desperately for a trailer place actually open on Memorial Day weekend, since they needed to arrive at the festival in time to check in and set up.
“We pass this trailer place and I see this guy…so we literally pull over on the side of the highway, and I run up this crazy cliff on the side of the highway to this trailer yard and accost this very nice man,” laughs Naples. The man kindly agreed to fix the trailer.
“The one guy that was working there was looking at me all crazy, and he said, ‘Are you in a band called Lovebettie?’ and I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘I am literally freaking out right now ‘cause I just want to get out of work so I can go to Rocklahoma, and you’re on my list to see tonight! I can’t believe that I’m meeting you.’”
The entire band was overjoyed to meet their fan, and the experience reminded them of why they play music.
“When you meet people who come up to you, I almost think it’s a mistake,” laughs Naples. “[But] I like connecting with people. That’s my thing. I do this because I like connecting with people and I like getting on that basis with them, that personal level.”
In fact, for Naples, the hard part of being a musician is the getting up in front of people and performing; meeting people is the reward, the part she cherishes most.
Next time they come to your area, check them out. You will thank me.
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.