Juliette Lewis and The Licks: The Hard Lovin’ Woman Kicks Off U.S. Tour
The bluesy rock n’ roll singer recently completed her European tour and is taking her band on a 22-city North American tour. The tour kicks off June 28th in Los Angeles and closes at Chicago’s Riot Fest September 16-18.
While many think of Juliette Lewis the actress, few know of the profound energy Lewis and her band The Licks bring to rock n’ roll music. And have been, since 2003.
With a stage presence that puts Iggy Pop to shame, Lewis gives her heart and soul to her live performances. Her talents were recently spotlighted in a Redbull TV documentary short, aptly titled Hard Lovin’ Woman, after her song of the same name. In the film, director Michael Rapaport gives an in-depth look into what brought Lewis to take a break from acting in the early 00’sand pursue her passion for music. Rapaport says of Lewis, “What makes her so special as a musician is she just brings it rough, rugged and raw… she gives you everything she has.”
Frontwoman Juliette Lewis has rotated her bandmates over the years, including her current boyfriend, drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave). But in a genre such as rock, it has become rare to see a lead singer with as much charisma as her. This could be due to her innate ability to perform. Lewis began her acting career at the age of 12 and received an oscar nomination at just 18 years old for her role in Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear.
But Lewis is much more than an actress attempting to make it in music. As Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) phrased it in Hard Lovin’ Woman, “You don’t see too many women on stage anymore that go at it like she goes at it. You know, that’s empowering.”
At a little over 25 minutes, Rapaport’s Hard Lovin’ Woman is worth a watch. And if that doesn’t convince anyone to see Juliette Lewis and the Licks live, here is a quote from the songstress herself:
“The crowd is everything to me… every single show I do, I’m aiming to change the molecules in the room to something profound, and electric and beautiful.”