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Lilly Winwood discusses her debut EP, upcoming album and more

By moving from England to Nashville, Tennessee, a few years ago, Lilly Winwood essentially left behind “the rolling hills and open spaces — some of the most amazing beauty,” as she puts it, for a city where “there is always things to do — the most amazing music you can go listen to every night.”

Given that she’s a singer-songwriter in the early phase of her career, the relocation makes sense. Winwood — daughter of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood — released her debut EP, Silver Stage, in spring 2017, and since then, she’s been promoting it by playing her share of gigs near and far from her current home.

The rootsy EP’s songs cover a lot of ground in terms of subject matter. “London,” which Winwood wrote at 15 about an ex who moved there, “definitely took on a new meaning by the time I recorded it, but the original thoughts were still there,” the 22-year-old recalls. “I can for sure apply it to relationships that I have had recently.”

Then there’s “The Refugee,” which she says is “about the role of getting out of all of the turmoil in Syria and having a positive outcome, unlike most of what happened with all of the children that lost so much.”

Winwood says she’s fine-tuning the songs she’s written for her forthcoming first full-length effort. “I should be in the studio within the next two months,” she adds. “I’m looking at a fall 2018 release, hopefully.”

Until then, she’ll be on tour into mid-March, opening for her father on a string of U.S. dates. And during her set, when she sings the line “Right there in the front row is the only man whose hand I’d ever want to hold” in the song “Silver Stage,” don’t expect to see a famous face among the paying customers.

“That song isn’t about my father, which a lot of people think it is,” she says. “My dad normally does watch me from the side of the stage, though, which is very sweet of him!”

— By Chris M. Junior

Lilly Winwood on tour (schedule subject to change):

• Feb. 22: Chicago Theatre — Chicago

• Feb. 23: State Theatre — Minneapolis

• Feb. 24: Riverside Theatre — Milwaukee

• Feb. 26: Fox Theatre — Detroit

• Feb. 28: Fox Theater — St. Louis

• March 2: Uptown Theater — Kansas City, Missouri

• March 3: Paradise Cove River Spirit Casino — Tulsa, Oklahoma

• March 4: Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts — Salina, Kansas

• March 6: State Theatre at Playhouse Square — Cleveland

• March 8: New Jersey Performing Arts Center — Newark, New Jersey

• March 9: Tower Theatre — Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

• March 10: Foxwoods Casino — Mashantucket, Connecticut

• March 13: Capitol Theatre — Port Chester, New York

• March 15: Bethlehem Events Center — Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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