Presenting her most authentic self through her unapologetic approach to music, singer-songwriter Lilly Winwood is no stranger to the magnetic qualities of a good song.
Finding herself in need of a reset during the pandemic, Winwood began to write songs between shifts at her waitressing job, piecing together fragments of lyrics she had written down and slipped into her apron. All the late nights were fueled by a commitment to getting reacquainted with herself through the one thing that had always been a source of stability and joy: music.
As the daughter of legendary Grammy-winner Steve Winwood, she spent her youth between the Nashville music scene and that of the U.K. With constant musical influence as part of her daily life and in her genetics, Winwood’s musical style has taken a shape of its own. After settling in East Nashville, her sound has developed into a delightful amalgamation of Americana with hints of indie pop-rock.
Her latest video single, “Keep it Spinning,” features subtle evidence of 70s flare in the form of the beloved disco ball, and all that it represents. Winwood narrates her journey of writing music that stays true to herself, while giving a nod to the crucial role that it has played in her life. Capturing the way a song can mesmerize listeners, begging to be played again just to feel its magic once more, she delivers the feeling with aplomb.
This single is featured on Winwood’s upcoming album, Talking Walls, which is set to release August 26.
Talking Walls captures that tumultuous period during the pandemic, with Winwood literally “talking to the walls” as she looked inward with new purpose. Penned over insomnia-induced nights with a clear vision and a willingness to ask the hard questions, she hammered out these introspective songs that are backed by a minimalist-roots sound.
Likening the writing process behind Talking Walls to “painting with sound,” Winwood spent hours alone with just a guitar and a pen. No longer trying to impress anyone, each track features the weary sense of freedom that comes with letting down one’s guard.
“I want this to inspire people to keep going with their art,” Winwood says. “Even though it may seem like they’re not in a good space now, don’t give up on it. Keep talking to the walls.”
Catch Lilly Winwood On Tour:
Aug. 11 – Boston, MA – City Winery Boston+
Aug. 13 – Amagansett, NY – The Stephen Talkhouse+
Aug. 16 – New York, New York – City Winery – Pier 57+
Aug. 17 – New York, New York – City Winery – Pier 57+
Aug. 18 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery Philadelphia+
Aug. 20 – Washington, D.C. – City Winery Washington, D.C.+
Aug. 22 – Chicago, IL – City Winery Chicago+
Aug. 23 – Chicago, IL – City Winery Chicago+
Aug. 24 – Nashville, TN – City Winery Nashville+
Aug. 25 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery Atlanta+
Sept. 7 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center*
Sept. 9 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall Norfolk*
Sept. 10 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts*
Sept. 11 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall Hartford*
Sept. 13 – Albany, NY – The Egg – Swyer Theatre*
Sept. 15 – Fairfield, CT – StageOne*
Sept. 16 – Natick, MA – Center for Arts In Natick*
Sept. 17 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theatre*
Sept. 18 – Wilmington, DE – The Queen*
Oct. 13 – Sarasota, FL – Big Top Brewing Company
Oct. 14 – Bradenton, FL – Big Top Brewing Company
Oct. 20 – Rochester, NY – Abilene Bar & Lounge
Oct. 21 – New York, NY – The Bitter End
* = opening for Todd Snider
+ = opening for Jackie Greene