Photo by Scott Preston
Blessed with a commanding, blast-it-to-the-back-of-the room voice, the 21-year-old Lydia Loveless was raised on a family farm in Coshocton, Ohio—a small weird town with nothing to do but make music. With a dad who owned a country music bar, Loveless often woke up with a house full of touring musicians scattered on couches and floors.
When she got older, in the time-honored traditions of teenage rebellion, she turned her back on these roots, moved to the city (Columbus, OH) and immersed herself in the punk scene, soaking up the musical and attitudinal influences of everyone from Charles Bukowski to Richard Hell to Hank III.
A note about MOTR Pub’s second birthday: A great big Thank You to our customers for their support during our first 24 months and to our friends and neighbors in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati’s best neighborhood. We’d also like to thank all of the bands that have swung through MOTR and the ones on the way. A partial list: Alabama Shakes, Bright Light Social Hour, Cults, Daniel Martin Moore, Empires, Fresh & Onlys, Gringo Star, Hanni El Khatib, Izzy and the Catastrophics, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, Left Lane Cruiser, Miniature Tigers, Natural Child, Oberhofer, Pierced Arrows, Quilt, Richard Buckner, STRFKR, Twin Shadow, U.S. Royalty, Vandaveer, White Arrows, Xenia Rubinos, Youth Lagoon, Zammuto.