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New solo album well worth the wait for Lucy Michelle

Lucy Michelle is a Saint Paul based singer/songwriter who releases music under her own name and with Little Fevers.
Lucy Michelle is a Saint Paul based singer/songwriter who releases music under her own name and with Little Fevers.

The Minnesota musician joined "Centerstage Minnesota" Oct. 27, 2023.

A drawing of an anthropomorphic bunny woman over an orange background. "Lucy Michelle" is written in black and "Womanly" is written in white.
Lucy Michelle
Womanly is Lucy Michelle's second solo album, arriving ten years after the first.

SAINT PAUL – In the 10 years between her first and second solo albums, Lucy Michelle has been busy.

“Since then, I’ve had three kids,” said Michelle on Centerstage Minnesota, “and you know when you have kids, everything outside of kids takes 10 times longer than it did before kids.”

Along with raising children, the global pandemic further changed the timeline. Michelle and her producer/bassist John Munson (Trip Shakespear, New Standards, Semisonic) decided to delay Womanly’s release until they could play it live. She also released an album with her band Little Fevers in 2019.

The additional time spent on Womanly was well worth the wait, for listeners and for Michelle herself. Usually, only a few songs from an album are played on the radio. All eleven songs from Womanly are currently being played on KAXE.

“It was totally worth the wait,” Lucy Michelle said, “I think a lot of the songs really speak to what life is like with a family and with kids, and how much my life changed after I had kids.”

Even the album title was tinkered with, after the singer realized her initial idea, American Mom, was too narrow of a focus. Inspired by a line in a Bill Callahan song, Michelle thought Womanly would resonate with more people, and be a shift in gendered thinking.

“You hear the word manly all the time,” Michelle said, “womanly is not really a word people use to describe things. But I loved it and I felt like this is my word.”

Listen to the complete conversation with Lucy Michelle above.

Centerstage Minnesota, Fridays at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. on KAXE/KBXE, is made possible by the citizens of Minnesota through the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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Malachy started his radio career at a college radio station, where he played weird music in the middle of the night to possibly no one. On a good night maybe his parents were listening. Nonetheless, he was hooked on public radio and is still doing it today. He joined Northern Community Radio in 2022, where he gets to share his passion for local music as Producer of Centerstage Minnesota, an all Minnesota music show airing Fridays at 2pm.