Elle King talks about a new kid, new music, and gets rowdy on the road on tour – Whittier Daily News

For nearly two years, singer-songwriter Elle King has battled what she calls “epidemic depression” by diving deeper into her craft. Now, King has said she’s done with virtual shows and writing aloof, and she’s ready to go all the way on The Drunk I Don’t Want to Go Home.

“I feel put on this floor to perform; it does something for me and only my soul,” King said during a recent phone interview from her new home in Rhode Island. The tour, which took its title from the fiery Grammy-nominated duo, “Drunk (And I Don ‘t Wanna Go Home),” with country star Miranda Lambert, kicks off February 15 at the House of Blues San Diego and concludes near the home of the Los Angeles Kings with shows at House of Blues Anaheim on March 26 and The Fonda in Los Angeles on March 28 .

“I love my son and he will always take precedence and be numero uno, but soon second to be on that stage,” she continued. “Just singing these songs and being with people. Music is the soundtrack to life and I love it so much. So, I thank God because for some miracle I am still in this business.”

The 32-year-old daughter of actor and comedian Rob Schneider and model London King welcomed her first child, Lucky Levi, with partner Dan Tucker in September. She often posts videos of herself singing the nursery rhymes she made for her son, but she insists that the new album she wrote while in quarantine and pregnancy has little to do with children.

Without revealing anything else, she said, “I’m really excited to be teasing some new music on the tour and getting what fans think of it.” Fans will also listen to songs King wrote and released in Los Angeles during the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown, which made up the song 2020 In Isolation EP, including the single “The Let Go.”

“Music has been a great facilitator for me to get rid of emotions,” she said. “There were a lot of really emotional and important songs that were close to my heart on the first record and I communicated a lot with fans about that. I try to keep doing that because when I’m going through something or I lose my mind, I’ve had bad things that I would turn to, but now it’s music …there was always music.”

King first gained mainstream attention in 2015 with her debut album, “Love Stuff,” which featured the songs Ex’s & Oh’s and America’s Sweetheart. The record contains elements of rock, pop, punk, blues and alternative country music, making it easy for King to fit a variety of festival bills including KROQ (106.7 FM) Almost Acoustic Christmas in Inglewood and the three-day Stagecoach Country music festival in India. In 2016, popping to the top of country star Dirks Bentley’s chart with the CMA award-winning song “Different For Girls,” she went from dipping her toe in country music to diving into the front.

She said about working in multiple genres and opening up to artists from Dropkick Murphys and Heart to The Chicks and Chris Stapleton. “It has helped me stop judging myself and not worry so much about what other people will think when I do something different. I only do what makes me happy now, and it has opened up my life in so many ways.”

King’s second album, “Shake The Spirit” was released in 2018 and frankly recorded the lowest levels King was experiencing at the time. She’s gone through a divorce, her mind is full of self-doubt and she’s been drinking heavily, all of which she has addressed candidly in songs like “Shameful”, “Man Guy” and “Sober”.

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