From the start Inneke23 has been singing and writing her own songs. Gradually she focused more and more on the Americana side of her work, inspired by country music and American singer/songwriters such as Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, Mary Gauthier, Jonathan Richman, Loudon Wainwright III, Steve Earle, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, the Jayhawks, The Gourds,...Her first album was the self-released 'Not With A Band'. Belgium Radio 1, impressed with the album, awarded her with the honorary title 'queen of lo-fi'. At some stage Inneke23 decided to focus all her efforts on the realization of her two dreams: making music and travelling. She toured Europe with (ex-Jayhawks) Mark Olson & the Creek Drippers, a band that also included singer songwriter Victoria Williams. Next she hitch-hiked through the USA and discovered the America she'd always dreamt about. That included spending the night in the desert of the Joshua Tree, near the mythical 'grave' of her idol Gram Parsons. These experiences resulted in a new collection of songs, that Inneke23 decided to record with a bunch of enthusiastic musicians, who shortly thereafter became her new backing band; The Lipstick Painters. The results of that songwriting and those sessions became their debut album 'Elephant Crossing', with songs written in places all over the globe; in Zagreb, Sesto Callende, The Mojave-desert and of course Antwerp, the city where Inneke23 lives and works. The name Lipstick Painters came to Inneke23 in a dream. She dreamt that she had missed a show of her favorite band, The Jayhawks. Obviously very sad and disappointed her friends tried to cheer her up by telling her that upstairs in a little room a great band would be playing at the after show party. The name of that band; 'The Lipstick Painting'. Unfortunately she woke up before the show started, but she never forgot the name of that mysterious band. Crossing Dragon Bridge, Ljubljana........... A year ago Inneke23 received an e-mail from one of her heroes Chris Eckman, founding member of The Walkabouts and Chris & Carla. He also plays with amongst others Dirtmusic, Willard Grant Conspiracy and Steve Wynn's Dragon Bridge Orchestra. He also composes film scores and produced over 20 albums for Terry Lee Hale, Steve Wynn, Midnight Choir, Raindogs and many others. Chris told Inneke23 that he really enjoyed listening to Elephant Crossing and would like to produce her next album and by that time the road had served Inneke23 enough adventures, empty bottles and broken hearts (again) to be ready with a bunch of new songs, so... Inneke23 and the Lipstick Painters travel to Ljubljana to meet Chris Eckman and Rok Podbevsek and somewhat later, to record their new album CHARCOAL. Spring 2009 saw the release of CHARCOAL in Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and UK: Black like the dark, charcoal feathered angel who flies through the songs on the album, trying to tell Inneke23 that the darkest part of the night is the place to look for new beginnings. Black like the crows calling at both ends of the night, at the crossroads, looking for new directions. The songs on CHARCOAL are distilled from the hard lessons and the magic that 23 found on the rocky road from hope and despair and back again. They reflect sadness, but most sound much happier than they really are. Catharsis and gospel...isn't that what music is all about? Inneke23 & The Lipstick Painters have become real tight, have gone through a lot...and surviving, maybe that's what takes CHARCOAL a step beyond the Elephant Crossing. Inneke23 & The Lipstick Painters are: Inneke23 Lead Vocals & Guitar Peter van Velthoven Piano, Accordion, Backing Vocals Wim De Beuckelaer Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals Koen Vissers Double Bass, Bass Guitar, B Vocals Niels Leen Drums, Percussion.
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