[Cover photo credit to Shots by Morrison]
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Heather Anne Lomax has released her debut album via Blackbird Record Label, The Doman Tracks. The album consists of eight collaborative songs recorded with the late Michael Doman, formerly the singer-songwriter-producer of the ‘80s L.A. rock band Broken Homes. The pair cut the material during two years of recording sessions, and they were set aside until Lomax revisited them following Doman’s untimely death in December of 2020.
With Lomax on lead vocals and guitar, Doman sang duet and added background vocals and the pair enlisted guitarist Jeff Sebens in addition to support from various other local players to record the tracks live. The album’s engineer Jason Hiller added bass parts later.
Lomax has recently shared the music video for the single “Bits And Pieces” (originally written by Eric Nelson) featuring duet vocals with Doman. The track is featured twice on the album, with the second version, the closing track, being a solo vocal performance from Lomax with cello accompaniment by Michelle Packman as a tribute to Doman.
I remember asking Michael to sing ‘Bits And Pieces ’with me as a duet. For some reason I felt intuitively that he should sing it with me, initially he just wanted me to sing it alone. He finally acquiesced and that is what you hear as the second track on the record. As fate would have it, the duet version of ‘Bits And Pieces’ became much more of a poignant song to me after Michael’s passing.
A friend, Eric Nelson, wrote this tune about the passing of his father, and his words really resonated with me. Michael wanted this tune to have more of a soulful groove, so he came up with the current version on the record which we recorded as a duet. The last track version of ‘Bits And Pieces’ is closer to the original song, written by Eric, and includes a mournful cello played by Michelle Packman. In my opinion, the last track captures the loneliness and sorrow of losing a loved one in your life.
Lomax will be performing a special record release show for The Doman Tracks in Los Angeles at the Troubadour on November 29th, 2023 with special guests Manda Mosher and Abby Posner (who are also part of Blackbird Record Label).
Lomax has previously opened for Wynonna and The Big Noise, Lee Ann Womack, Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Bridges, John Hiatt, Richie Furay, Don McLean, Judy Collins, Marshall Tucker Band, Joan Osborne, Melanie, Blood Sweat & Tears and War.
HEATHER ANNE LOMAX 2023 SHOWS
11/8 San Francisco, CA @ Lost Church (with Pi Jacobs)
11/9 Sonoma, CA @ Hopmonk Tavern
11/10 Drytown, CA @ Feist Wines & Drytown Social Club
11/11 Sacramento, CA @ Nico Wines
11/12 Portland, OR @ Al’s Den 11/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour – Record Release Show (with Manda Mosher & Abby Posner)