After recording her first album in 1996, Newburyport musician Lynne Taylor needed a break.
“I got really burnt out after my previous solo album,” said Taylor, who is now releasing her second solo CD 17 years later. “I really took a step back. It’s taken me this long to come forward again with my own material.”
This time around, she took a more laid-back approach, spending a year working on “When Lightning Strikes,” which comes out tomorrow.
“I’m just not putting pressure on myself,” she said. “I just wanted to take my time and pay for it as I went. I’m doing it for the sake of doing it.”
A party at the Firehouse Center for the Arts will celebrate the new album and feature performances by Taylor and her band, along with cellist Kristen Miller and Exit Dance Theatre.
A staple on the Newburyport music scene since she moved here in the 1980s, Taylor has played in a number of bands spanning a variety of genres. Today, she is probably most well-known as the standup bassist in Liz Frame and the Kickers.
“I love playing in the Kickers,” Taylor said. “I love playing the bass and working on my bass chops and having fun.”
But her new album takes her back to her roots as a pianist, singer and songwriter.
“Piano is my first and primary instrument,” said Taylor, who has been writing songs since she was a 14-year-old growing up in Kent, Ohio.
“My parents were both musicians,” she said. “I was raised with a lot of protest folk songs. I always believed that the arts and music can be a vehicle for bringing about positive social change and personal transformation.”
Taylor, who has been compared to artists like Tori Amos and Fiona Apple, said she doesn’t set aside certain times to write, she just waits for the mood to strike.