The two childhood friends “met again, and we now reside close to one another in Nashville.” We’ve been pals for twenty years,” Kirke says to PEOPLE.
Lola Kirke enjoys surrounding herself with antiques of all kinds. She moved to her Nashville house in 2020, and since then, she has lived surrounded by classic wallpaper, vibrant colors, and knotty pine.
She also has no plans to make any changes.
In a recent interview, Kirke, 33, tells PEOPLE, “I believe my mom embodied that ethos of respecting humanity by honouring what is already existed by build upon it instead of changing it.” “I believe that approach extends to other creative endeavors, but specifically to music. It simply comes down to working with our environment rather than attempting to transform it into something it isn’t.”
Kirke is a half-Jewish, London-born, New York-raised girl who has always been obsessed with country music since her Irish baby nurse sang Patsy Cline songs to her to stop crying. Her new EP, Country Curious, will be released in February, and it was produced by Elle King, a friend and fellow musician.
“We grew up sharing New York City, so she was one of the initial people that I met that performed this sort of music,” recalls the “Ex’s and Oh’s” superstar. “We made contact again and are now neighbors in Nashville. Our friendship dates back two decades.”
Kirke has found her voice, her path, and the courage to be who she really is thanks to King’s handholding during her foray into the country music scene.
“It seems like I’ve always walked that fine line between wanting to have fun and feeling sad,” chuckles Kirke, whose father Simon played rock drums for bands like Free and Bad Company. It seems like all I’ve ever done is try to make people laugh. Since I’ve always aimed to uplift others, it feels quite natural to include that into my music.”
She is aware of her skeptics, though.
Kirke asserts, “People may determine what they want.” “I’m not all that concerned. I kind of invented the phrase “authentically authentic” for myself. Is there anything more human than attempting to fit in somewhere? Is there anything more quintessentialally American than searching till you find it? I consider country music to be firmly an American genre. It’s popular elsewhere as well, but I believe that… I’m not sure. Though I approach things differently, it’s genuine for me as well.”
Indeed, Kirke is really honest in her new song, “My House.”
Kirke laughs when he explains that the song, which made its premiere exclusively on PEOPLE, is about throwing your boyfriend away from your house when they misbehave. Afterwards, you have to be horrible to yourself because that is how you will, in a sense, endure the healing process.
King undoubtedly added her own touch to the song in a way that only she can.
Kirke quips of her old buddy, “She has a way of saying things like, ‘This doesn’t make sense, so change it.'” She has a very direct and distinctive style. However, it seems to me that when I performed “My House” for her, she just widened her eyes and said, “Yes, this is it.” She would be the ideal person, in my opinion, to write a song on getting really wasted, having a good time, being a woman, and being chaotic—all while allowing you to grow and develop in a way that promotes harmony in your own life.
She may perform “My House” for her Grand Ole Opry debut on February 16, which also happens to be the day that Country Curious is released.
Kirke admits, “I constantly feel the feeling of futility that I am not deserving of any of these sorts of beautiful opportunities.” Kirke will tour extensively in 2024, playing headline gigs in Nashville, New York City, Los Angeles, Austin, and Chicago in addition to having slots at festivals like Stagecoach and Green River. Subsequently, there arises an enhanced sense of thankfulness for having been accepted or starting to be accepted.
She takes a brief break.
“I definitely think the country genre have an amazing ability to let anyone cry because there’s a number of most beautiful, sad rural songs, she says.”However, I also believe that there are many opportunities in the nation to just let go and have an incredibly enjoyable day.