By Shannon Carlin
It ain’t easy being a girl out on the road, as Jenny Lewis points out in her new song, “Just One of the Guys.”
The track, which will appear on her upcoming album, The Voyager, was produced by Beck and has her sharing her gripes about being the babysitter to male bandmates’ young groupies. “All my friends are getting on, but the girls are still staying young,” she sings.
On the song, the 38-year-old singer also gets a little real singing, “There’s only one difference between you and me/When I look a myself all I can see/I’m just another lady without a baby.”
The follow-up to 2008’s Acid Tongue, which was propelled by insomnia, loss and the breakup of her band, Rilo Kiley, was produced in part by Ryan Adams, who she told Spin was a no-nonsense kind of guy.
“I was so afraid of myself as an artist,” she explained. “I had forgotten how to do the thing that I love doing. And [Adams] agitated me just enough to get a performance out of me. I let him into my songs, and I let him rearrange parts… I was totally open because I was desperate.”
The Voyager is out July 29. Lewis will take the stage perform songs off her upcoming album at this weekend’s Governors Ball in New York City before heading to