PQ: So, k.d., I understand that you’re coming to Portland on July 1 to play at the Oregon Zoo. lang: Well, it’s my second time, and last year was such a blast and so successful that they asked us back. PQ: Apparently you had such a good time that you decided to move to Portland.
This isn’t the first time you’ve played at this series. KDL: I always felt very comfortable in and excited by Portland, and I felt the pull over many years of visiting there.
[Laughs] I just love the vibrancy of it, how many amazingly creative people there are.After several years’ hiatus, lang came back with a new band, the Siss Boom Bang — and a new home in the Rose City.In an exclusive first interview since relocating to Portland, lang talked with PQ about her excitement for living the Portland lifestyle, the transition into single life after divorcing her partner, and the Buddhist faith through which she’s found peace in all areas of her life.(In fact, Lee, Loretta Lynn, and Kitty Wells make a guest vocal appearance on the album's "Honky Tonk Angels' Medley.") Though the Nashville establishment may have remained skeptical about lang, Shadowland reached #8 on the Billboard Country album chart. Her 1989 Grammy Award-winning Absolute Torch and Twang (Best Female Country Vocal Performance) combined her love of country with increasingly sophisticated, emotive torch singing typified by "Pullin' Back the Reins." With the 1992, platinum-selling Ingenue she had fashioned a sound—if not a genre—all her own: an elegant and impassioned adult contemporary approach.That yielded her biggest hit, "Constant Craving," as well as another Grammy, this time for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.