Linda Perhacs — the cult singer whose long-shelved career was given a second life with this year’s The Soul of All Natural Things LP — has been forced to cancel her European tour due to an aggravated neck injury. According to a Facebook statement, Perhacs suffered a “bad fall” earlier this month that brought back some of the neck problems she solved with surgery seven years ago.
“It is a surgery designed primarily for athletes,” she wrote, “especially football players. It is a reparative surgery to prevent injury to the spinal column and nerves down the back etc. I immediately went to the emergency room at Kaiser Hospital where they took head and neck MRI’s and blood samples, etc and they have referred me to the specialist that takes care of these things at Kaiser. Once again I apologize to all of you, but singing as well as the movement to my arms is involved here and is the reason I had to cancel any extensive travel at this time and review all of this with my physicians.”
“Linda’s vision comes from some kind of a higher place,” Julia Holter told Douglas Wolk in a Wondering Sound feature last March, “so she is very serious about what she does, and that goes for every aspect of her life, in addition to her music. She does not think about style or genre — she thinks bigger. It’s about the poetic purpose of the song, and that is conveyed through the melodies she comes up with.”
Watch a short film about Perhacs that tells more of her story below…