Little Lonely ™

Little Lonely is the nom de plume of Missouri-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Julie Cain - the "archetypal blue-collar heroine" known for her emotive torch and twang style. Her storytelling provides a soundtrack for a forgotten American landscape evoking Dust Bowl salvation, roadside general stores and towns submerged in lakes for the sake of progress.

Missouri-born, Los Angeles-based storyteller, Little Lonely (a.k.a. Julie Cain), provides a soundtrack for the forgotten American landscape. Otherworldly intoxicating and full of longing, her music evokes a time out of balance. It’s equal parts mirth and quiet reflection from the heartland.  
“This album is as good as anything the major labels have put out in the past 50 years. As far as I’m concerned, she is already a star.  She doesn’t need a major label.  She just needs to be heard.”  Segarini:  Don’t Believe A Word I Say
“One of the best indie-folk releases of 2013. 4.5 out of 5 stars. This one is a must, folks.”  The Daily News, PA
Willie, Cash and Emmylou at their thoughtful, poetic best, walk some of the same streets.”  International Review of Music
“This is the archetypal blue collar heroine.  As of right now, the competition is ON for album of the year.  Essential. ”  RUST Magazine
“Little Lonely’s raspy, haunting twang conjures an alternate universe where Chan Marshall and Julee Cruise might hang together at a lost roadside honky tonk smoking cigarettes and playing sad country songs on the jukebox.” Kim Grant, Turnstyled Junkpiled
Little Lonely’s 2013 debut full-length record, produced by multi-instrumentalist, Sean Hoffman (American Music Club, Loch&Key, Linda Perhacs), features accomplished musicians from the world of Indie-Rock, Folk and Americana music in Los Angeles, including Greg Eklund  (Everclear, The Oohlas), Eric Heywood (The Pretenders, Son Volt), Heather McIntosh (Norah Jones, Gnarls Barkley) and George Sluppick (The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Mofro), just to name a few. The result combines hushed steel string horizons and echo drenched guitars with vocals that recall the plaintive wail made up of equal parts Maria McKee, Hope Sandoval and Julee Cruise. The album is widely available - see for details.
Little Lonely’s 2014 single “Furniture Land”, a honky-tonk love song with girl group swagger, explores excessive collecting as a symptom of a broken heart and ultimately, a path to reinvention. The track features producer/player Sean Hoffman, Darice Bailey, Joey Galvan and mastering engineer Dave CooleyAlex Loftus provided promotional photography for the release.
Notable Top Ten lists, radio airplay and performances include:  Just Off the Radar, WUGA 97.9FM Athens, GA, international regular airplay on KOPN 89.5FM, Columbia, MO.  Kim Grant’s Town & Country Underground Radio, Roots Revival (Belgium), The Alternate Root Top Ten.  Playboy Radio (in studio performance), 89.1FM Independent’s Day with Joe Armstrong (interview and performance), live show at KCRW DJ Valida’s Desert Nights at the Standard, Hollywood, a sold-out performance at Echo Country Outpost (Best Of List – Time Out LA) Camp Outpost event, and a main stage live show at The Grand Ole Echo, the premiere Americana/Country music showcase and in Los Angeles, co-founded by PR maven Kim Grant.
Ms. Lonely makes her own music videos in collaboration with photographer/artist Wonder Bright.  Her video debut, “Top Stair”, starring dreamy LA pop duo Loch&Key, was featured on ezine Real Roots Café and Band of the Day, a popular phone app. Other collaborations with Ms. Bright include the BuzzbandsLA exclusive premiere and subsequent Indie Musicology feature “Penny’s First Available”, a Turnstyled Junkpiled exclusive premiere of “Interstate Hum” (compiled from footage from Cain’s home town in Missouri) and “Furniture Land”, released summer 2014.
Little Lonely is not Cain’s first foray into music. Before moving to the West Coast at age 18, Cain began her musical career by playing the organ at a funeral home in a suburb of Kansas City.  Later, in California, she explored country music through a persona in college known as Bitsy Lee, a project inspired by her ancestors who roamed the Midwest playing in honky-tonks.
Cain’s performances caught the attention of producers, Hoffman, and, prior to that, Greg Eklund (Everclear, The Oohlas) and Geoff Walcha (Everclear, Ben Harper) who co-produced her EP (2005), Interstate Hum.  Described as "moody, subtle, intelligent and, just occasionally, a little bit Patsy Cline" by Americana UK, the project led to music placements in feature films Broken Hill, starring Timothy Hutton and Hurt, starring Melora WaltersPicture Show (2011), Cain’s self-produced demo with guest performers Dead Kennedys’ East Bay Ray & Chuck Lindo (Actionslacks), yielded placement in the short film My Own Private Demon.