Heather Aubrey Lloyd has co-fronted Baltimore’s ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You) for 15 years, playing everything from bars to bait shops to clothing-optional resorts nationwide. After a solo stint backing Dar Williams, Lloyd started work on a solo CD. 2017’s “A Message in the Mess” is exactly that: A storybook drawn from real life, but populated by colorful, larger-than-life characters: Hippie Tooth Faeries, Jackson Pollock reincarnated as a flock of pigeons and aspiring animal crackers. The common thread: Lloyd’s stunning and emotive alto, pushed to new limits in inventive arrangements featuring mandolin, banjo, upright bass, ukulele and delightfully bizarre percussion (yes, that really is recorded bubble wrap). She is both a 2017 Telluride Troubadour Finalist and a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival MOST WANTED Artist. 2018 started with TWO more honors: the Songwriter’s Association of Washington/Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Director’s Award for “Album of the Year” and semi-finalist for the prestigious Bernard/Ebb Songwriter Award.