By Brian P. Rubin
Last night, Joanie Rich—a.k.a. Lola’s Paradox—stopped by and hung out with DJ Cher Dial to play a stripped down acoustic guitar set on “Live From Studio 5!” Lola’s Paradox is the name Rich gave to her solo project, a collection of slow, soulful songs that delve into her past experiences and a full range of emotions. As it says on Lola’s Paradox’s Facebook page, her music “is here to put you back to that dream place.”
Her tunes, like “Notice,” “Pop Hearts, and “Wandering” were definitely dreamy, and brought a raw, honest energy to the studio. She also played her unique versions of a few covers, like “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order, and “As Tears Go By” by the Rolling Stones. She also modified they lyrics to her song "Wandering" to coincide with the snowy weather outside and the approaching Christmas holiday.
Currently Lola’s Paradox is hard at work on a third EP, called Paradise, which follows the first two EPs called Notice and Reflection. After that, Rich said that she’ll pick the songs she likes best for her first full-length album, the self-titled Lola’s Paradox.
Her influences like Jewel, Elliott Smith, and Rilo Kiley were clear in each song. Hopefully she’ll update her page with any gigs as they come in. You can also catch Lola's Paradox on SoundCloud, ReverbNation, and Bandcamp, the last of which is where you can buy her EP Reflections. Take a listen to her set on “Live From Studio 5!” right here.