singer-songwriter k.d. lang will release a 20-track set in
April focusing on the first decade of her career.
, due April 25 via Rhino, includes
singles and rare tracks from a time when she made a mark by
indulging her admitted obsession with early country
music in the vein of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.
"I traded tape
time and studio time," lang told music journalist
Holly George Warren during an interview Thursday at the
South by Southwest music and media conference in
Austin, Texas. "I'm also a painter, and I traded one
of my paintings for studio time. I made my first
She pressed just
500 vinyl copies of that 1983 track, "Friday Dance
Promenade," to sell at her gigs with her band, the Reclines.
Also featured on the disc is "Changed My Life," a song
written with longtime collaborator Ben Mink more than
20 years ago but recently recorded for
In Austin, lang
remembered starting out and why she felt she was able to
score a recording deal with Sire Records even though her
vintage cowgirl act was atypical of the music scene at
the time. "I realized by staying in Edmonton, working
and gigging and honing my skills as a performer...that
was something that was the biggest asset to what I
did," she said. "I toured Canada a few times, creating buzz
and actually played [
Late Night With David
] before I was signed, based on the buzz."
The notoriety she
achieved attracted Sire founder Seymour Stein, who
traveled to Canada to see lang perform. "Seymour slept
during the whole show," lang said with a laugh. The
next day she took Stein, among other places, to a
rodeo. "He fell asleep at the rodeo," she said, with
mock dejection. "But I got signed." (Barry A. Jeckell,
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