Hollywood, CA, native Abby Travis
began her musical career with the all-girl band the Lovedolls, who recorded a single album, 1991's Love One Another. She parlayed that gig into session and touring work as a bassist and singer with an astonishingly eclectic array of artists, ranging from the Meat Puppets
to El Vez
to erstwhile Monkee Peter Tork
. After playing with Beck
at the 1995 Lollapalooza festival, she embarked on a solo career that would prove to be just as diverse as the artists with whom she had worked. Her first solo album, 1998's The Abby Travis Foundation, was issued on a tiny label with the unwieldy name of You Seem Like a Nice Well Adjusted Person Records. The album's collision of gothic and cabaret elements in both style and substance garnered her a significant cult following, which she further capitalized on with the late-2000 release of Cutthroat Standards & Black Pop, another album in the same highly dramatic vein.