Duet is with Goliath star Lynda Kay
Gretsch singer-songwriter Lynda Kay has a new song coming out Friday, August 23rd with the late great Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister of Motörhead. The duet titled “The Mask” is far from Kilmister’s well-regarded metal fare, this poignant Willie Nelson-style ballad, paired with Lynda Kay’s harmonious, yearning voice, reveals a glimpse of his melancholy side, reminiscent of Rick Rubin American Recordings with Johnny Cash. The song was believed to have been lost, but was recently recovered. Audio is available below.
Kilmister had begun writing “The Mask” in 1979 and finished it with Lynda Kay in 2009 and will be released on August 23rd as the first single from Lynda Kay’s upcoming double album Black & Gold. The album features 20 original and cover songs crossing such genres as early 60’s mid-century jazz and classic Bacharach pop to 70’s roots-rock and Memphis-soul and was produced by her husband Jonny Coffin (Coffin Case). Musicians performing on her albums include members of bands from John Legend, Jeff Beck, Brian Wilson, Tedeschi Trucks, Rita Coolidge, Jackson Browne, and Jenny Lewis.
Some of the songs from Lynda Kay’s Black & Gold album will be featured this October 2019 on the Golden Globe Award Winning Series Goliath on Amazon Prime when Lynda Kay co-stars as herself in five of the eight episodes with star Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton and Kay are reuniting after recording a duet together for Kay’s Dream My Darling album in 2009.
Known for her contralto voice and genre spanning songs, Lynda Kay has been compared to Patsy Cline, Karen Carpenter, and Dusty Springfield. LA Weekly says, “Lynda Kay’s breakthrough was recent, but her journey is the thing of which legends are made.” Prior to her casting on Goliath, Lynda Kay appeared as herself on FX’s Justified performing her song “Jack & Coke.” At the beginning of each season, Kay was brought in by the series creator Graham Yost to perform her songs for the writers as inspiration, and several of her original songs were licensed to the series and featured on the Official Justified Soundtrack for Sony Madison Gate Records.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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