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A low profile is, she tells me, exactly what she had hoped for at this stage in her career.
"It's the culmination of what feels like a long journey. I'm past being photographed falling out of bars."It wasn't always thus.
She remarks that what was always a conservative city seems finally to be evolving.
"Bible publishing, real estate and insurance are the top earners there, along with music, so it's never been the most progressive town. It's got this reputation as one thing, but when you get down on to street level there's a lot of very creative people doing a lot of great stuff." Mining her own seam of creativity hasn't always been easy for lang.
Today she is in London on a promotional tour for her new album, Sing It Loud, recorded with her newly assembled band, the Siss Boom Bang.
It's an elegant, understated LP that contains nods to the singer's country-pop roots and brims with warmth and contentment.
But now in east Nashville there's this pocket of alternative musicians – Jack White lives there, Ben Folds and Gillian Welch. Though she has enjoyed steady sales for 15 years, she has never come close to repeating the extraordinary success of Ingénue.
Seeing the depth of poverty, and seeing people's limitless capacity for spirituality in that situation, and the void of spirituality back home, it takes some adjustment.
No one seems to notice kd lang as she walks across the lobby of her London hotel.
Plainly dressed, without make-up, and with a hairstyle that fully embraces the "just out of bed" look, she is a long way from current notions of how a pop star should appear.
When you experience the true philosophy of Buddhism for the first time, it kind of changes your perspective.
You do a lot of reconstructing of your ideals, and it's an exhausting, consuming process.