deserves a place in the singer-songwriter hall of fame for being the first musical artist to score a Number One hit without being signed to any kind of record label deal.
It was in 1994 when her self-released song "Stay," topped the charts after it was featured in the soundtrack and album for the film Reality Bites.
Eighteen years later, Loeb has delivered a string of studio albums, starred in two reality television shows and started a family: Her second child is due in June.
Saturday night at 8 p.m., she brings her guitar to the for an intimate evening of songs, including audience requests. Good seats are still available at nvoh.org.
Loeb took some time out of her Thursday to talk by phone with Napa Patch; fortunately, we had taken the precaution of asking readers what they thought we ought to ask her.
Answering Melissa Emily Cook's question about when she'll record a live album, Loeb said she has some concert recordings from Japan that are in the process of mixing.
"We're going to try to put one out," she continued, adding that she could use Cook's help going over all the live audio to select what should be released.
"It's a lot of work," Loeb said.
Responding to fan Ryan H., who had a number of observations about Loeb's guitar playing and how he perceived her work to have changed over the years, Loeb said "I always tend toward having a lot of guitar."
But, she continued, she seeks a balance between a variety of musical sounds.
"I have collaborated more as the years have gone on," said Loeb, who said her upcoming work is even edgier and "heavier sounding" than in the past.
Her next recording project—following the birth of baby number two—should come out early next year, said Loeb, describing it as a "poppy punky rock record."
In answer to Steven Clark, who wondered whether Loeb and her husband have picked a name for the new baby:
"We have a good idea, but I'm not going to say what it is because I don’t want to hear about it," she said.
Dani Forsey Brown wanted to know what got Loeb, who began wearing glasses in her early teens, interested in starting her own line of eyewear.
"It's like finding the right black dress," Loeb said of the quest to find the perfect pair of spectacles.
"I wanted to have interesting colors, but not colors so interesting they spoke before I did," she explained.
Her own designs, Loeb said, are "inspired by the ones I like, which are cat-eye glasses."
Remembering Dick Clark, who died this week
"I was really aware of him," said Loeb, who herself was a teenaged DJ in high school.
"He brought a lot of fun but a lot of seriousness to music," she added.
"I met him along the way and he was very nice to me ... He really brought people together around music. I'm glad he got to live a long life."