22 year old singer-songwriter Lizzie Huffman may have just moved to Colorado and signed with Denver label Suburban Home Records, but her Seattle roots and our fair city's current obsession with indie folk rock run deep. Under the wing of older brother Kirk Huffman (the ostensible bro in her group The Brother Band) of Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground, Huffman's debut Pretty Old Soul features contributions a-plenty from the Kay Kay crew, including slide guitar maniac/mustache kingpin Thomas Hunter and the Rhodes stylings of Kyle O'Quin.
It's a heartfelt, soulful entry from a young yet powerful voice. Huffman's turn of phrase is sometimes oppressively precocious, and she frequently flings obscenities through a catalog of whiskey fueled misadventures--"I could use a cold shower and a friend/Frankly, I've been drunk so I'd be glad for both of them," she sings on "Drunken Mess"--but what keeps you listening and ultimately charms you over is her indomitable, unwavering croon. She's been compared to everyone from Adele to Erika Badu, but I hear more of Olympia-bred alt/indie/blues singer Liz Janes in her deep alto.
Looking past Huffman's still-forming songwriting style, these 12 tracks are straight from the heart, full of a youthful hunger for experience that will surely take Huffman down a continued path in music; whether future tunes are more soul or folk based might just depend on if anyone else in the family wants to join the band.
Huffman will perform tonight at 10 p.m. for her album release party at the Can Can.