Eve Selis

Eve Selis

 San Diego, California, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

Roadhouse Rock, Thunder Twang, Amped-up Americana. Don't try to to pigeon hole it. It's a high energy rock-n-roll cocktail spiked with mouth-watering pop melodies, a splash of swampy Tabasco twang and a pinch of raw cane sugar, topped off by Eve's inimitable lemonade & whiskey voice.

Biography

Eve Selis isn’t just a “singer” — she’s an emotion transducer who converts country, R&B, blues, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll signals into a megawatt zap that galvanizes everyone in its path. And as with fellow femme-furnace frontwomen Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, Maria McKee, and Melissa Etheridge, the cauterizing power of Selis’s voice can arc-weld material from almost any genre into a personal manifesto.

I first saw Selis perform several years ago, when she was known mostly to San Diego clubbers. Soon, she was working with highly regarded Nashville songwriter/producer (and long-time Taylor player) Kim Patton-Johnston and Suzy Boguss's husband, producer Doug Crider. In 2002, Eve released her third acclaimed CD, Do You Know Me, and as the buzz spread, savvy industry-watchers predicted that her next effort would “break” her nationally.

Nothing But the Truth is that “next” CD, and, at the risk of being a jinx, Selis’s dance card should be filled to overflowing from now on. The new album has two rocket boosters that every vocalist requires to achieve escape velocity — great musicians, and a potent potpourri of songs that sound like they burst fully formed from the artist’s bared soul.

It opens with the country-blues-funk of the Patton-Johnson/Anne Reeves-penned “Heart Shaped Tattoo”, then snakes like a wild river through styles and moods — the fibrous hillbilly honk of “The Ballad of Kate Morgan” [with guest vocalist Jim Lauderdale], the Petty/Heartbreakers-esque “Those Words We Said”, the rockin’ bar-lass sass of “Honky Tonk Town” [with guest vocalist Lynn Anderson], the rural-road balladry of “A Beautiful Day”, the 12-string-driven country-pop of “Someday”, and several other cuts worthy of mention.

Any vocalist would covet a launching pad like this band. Marc "Twang" Intravaia (Selis’s songwriting partner) and "Cactus" Jim Soldi (ex-Johnny Cash band) are legitimate first-chair guitarists, each capable of leading a major band. Together, they’re an embarrassment of riches, a stereo six-string storm of intertwining rebel riffs and complementary voicings in the loyal service of energized melodies and steel-beam song constructs.

Add Sharon Whyte's colorative work on keyboards, accordian, and vocals, and the rhythm section of bassist Rick Nash and drummer Bob Sale, and you have the specs-sheet for electrified Americana that’s as good as it gets.

— John D'Agostino
Taylor Guitars On Review (Spring 2005)

Awards
2010- San Diego Music Awards- Best Americana Artist (winner)
2008- San Diego Music Awards- Best Americana Artist (winner)
2005- Best Local Band- The Eve Selis Band- San Diego Magazine- Yearly Best of San Diego issue
2005- San Diego Music Awards- Best Americana Artist (winner)
2005- DIY Music Awards- Album of the Year- Do You Know Me (runner up)
2004- Jim Croce Music Award for Excellence and Dedication (winner)
2004- Just Plain Folks Music Awards- Best Americana Song- "Tear This Old House Down" (winner, 140,000 songs entered)
2004- Just Plain Folks Music Awards- Best Country Song- "Do You Know Me" (winner, 140,000 songs entered)
2004- Just Plain Folks Music Awards- Best Country Album- Do You Know Me (2nd place) (10,000 CDs entered)
2004 Pacific Coast Emmy Awards- Best Short Form Music Video- "Do You Know Me" (winner)
2004- San Diego Music Awards- Best Americana Album- Nothing But The Truth (runner up)
2003- San Diego Music Awards- Best Americana Artist (winner)
2003- San Diego Music Awards- Best Americana Album- Do You Know Me (runner up)
2002- San Diego Music Awards- Best Adult Alternative Artist (runner up)
2001- San Diego Music Awards- Best Adult Alternative Artist (winner)
2000- San Diego Music Awards- Best Pop Album- Long Road Home (winner)
2000- San Diego Music Awards- Album of the Year- Long Road Home (runner up)
2000- Pacific Coast Emmy Awards- Best Short Form Music Video- "Show Me What Love Is" (winner)
2000- San Diego Reader Readers' Poll - Best Rock Band (runner up)
1999- San Diego Music Awards- Best Adult Alternative Artist (runner up)
1999- San Diego Music Awards- Best Adult Alternative Album- Out On A Wire (runner up)

Shared Stages
Travis Tritt | Chris Isaak | Counting Crows | Joan Osborne | Crosby, Stills & Nash | Dwight Yoakam | Jack Johnson | Jamie O'Neal | Hootie & the Blowfish | Heart | The Doobie Brothers | America | Jewel | Kenny Loggins | Albert Lee | Garry Allan | Peter Himmelman | Radney Foster | Steve Warriner | Kim Carnes | UB40 | Bill Wyman | Carolyn Dawn Johnson | Joe Diffie | SheDaisy | many more

Cool Venues Played
House of Blues- Hollywood, CA | The Bitter End- New York City, NY | International Americana Festival- Nottingham, England | GuilFest- Guildford, England | The Belly Up Tavern- Solana Beach, CA | The Navy Pier- Chicago, IL | Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay- San Diego, CA | Saddledome- Calgary, AB Canada | The Borderline- London, England | 12th & Porter- Nashville, TN | The Odeon- Cleveland, OH | Ft. Worth Arena- Ft. Worth, T

Lyrics

Heart-Shaped Tattoo

Written By: Kim Patton- Johnston/ Anne Reeves


Mama told me not to do it
Daddy would hit the roof
Everybody said
It would hurt like heck
But I knew our love was true and I wanted proof
A heart-shaped tattoo

There’s a little shop on Eighth and Main
They sell tie-died t-shirts and license plates
My brother Eugene
Got his there too
You held my hand when the guy did mine
Sealed to the end of time

It goes skin deep
To the bone
Real as the truth
You can’t wash it off
It shows through
A heart-shaped tattoo
It leaves a scar
It makes a mark
Like a neon memory
In the dark
Now what do I do
A heart-shaped tattoo

I don’t cry about you anymore
The pawn shop bought your ring
You wouldn’t know me now,
I been workin’ out
Got a job in
Kingston Springs
Everything is new
But this heart-shaped tattoo

Heard you’re livin’ up in New York state
Got a wife and a baby
On the way
Well hey, Baby
Good for you
You gave me something that’ll never fade
A heart that just
Won’t break

Chorus

Tear This Old House Down

Written By:  written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Doug Crider

The floorboard creaks
Somebody threw a rock through the window
The roof leaks
We just sit around and listen to the wind blow
The door gets jammed
I'll be damned
If I'm gonna live like this

Brick by brick
I'm gonna tear this old house down
Stick by stick
I'm gonna burn it to the ground
To save my soul I gotta tear this old house down

The framework's shot
Strong wind sets the whole place to shakin'
Something's rotten
I believe that it's in the foundation
The paint is peelin'
I gotta feelin'
Something's gotta give

(Chorus)
Tear it down 2x

This is the end
It's time to condemn
Nail a sign to the door

Do You Know Me

Written By: written by Kim Patton-Johnston and Lisa Brokop

Hey, do you know me, I live down the hall
Of the Evergreen retirement home
My house is just four walls
Every day I read a book to my friend who cannot see
Hey, do you know me

Hey, do you know me, I teach the second grade
I always get there early
And I always stay there late
I give them all I can for who they are and who'll they'll be
Hey, do you know me

There are angels all around
In the sky and on the ground
They walk beside us every day
Giving love away
There are saints on every street
you might be the one I meet today
Hey, do you know me

Hey, do you know me, I drive the city bus
I see a lot of people who are down on their luck
I keep a pocket full of change
For those who cannot pay
Hey, do you know me

(Chorus)

Hey, do you know me, I'm a beggar on the street
I know I'm good for something
If only for one thing
Maybe to remind you that you have all you need
Hey, do you know me

Love Came Just In Time

Written By: written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia and Kim Patton-Johnston

It was 3 a.m. he was all alone again
Still too angry to sleep
He thought of leaving town
As his world came crashing down
In a room at fifty bucks a week

When his heart was all but gone
When it could break or turn to stone
He laid down his pride, picked up the phone and called her

Love came just in time
It was waiting on the line
Love came just in time

The day she watched him leave
She kept nothing of the dream
Never thought she'd want to hear his voice
She held in a world of hurt
And as he spoke such tender words
The walls began to fall without a choice

She said I thought all hope was gone
He said I want to come back home
And in a moment they knew miracles still happen

(Chorus)

How powerful a thought can be
Just one thought of forgiveness
How much hope a choice can bring
The whole world changes when it's love

Blame It On The Rain

Written By:  written by Eve Selis, Mark Intravaia and Kim Patton-Johnston

Remember the steam
Rising on the street
After the downpour
We’d both taken refuge
At that little café downtown
Soaking wet we were
Laughing as though
We’d always been old friends
Sweet ice tea and a
Walk by the river
And my life would never
Be the same again

Blame it on the rain
Blame it on the stars
You can blame it
On our hearts
Things happen all the time
No one can ever change
Blame it on love
Blame it on the rain

Remember the dream
Filling up our skies
Casting perfect shadows
A summer set in blue
As breathless as a kiss
As hopeful as tomorrow
But the storms of pure desire
Lasted only for a while
Maybe meant to end so soon
But now forever they’re
In my mind

CHORUS

Should I be sad
When you brush by me
Like a warm wind
Through my soul
Can’t call it regret
Can’t say I’m broken
Can’t say I’m whole

Discography

Out On A Wire (1998) Nominated "Best Adult-Alternative Album" San Diego Music Awards
Long Road Home (2000) Winner "Best Pop Album, San Diego Music Awards
Do You Know Me (2002) Runner-up "Best Country Album" Just Plain Folks Music Awards
Nothing But The Truth (2004) Nominated "Best Americana Album" San Diego Music Awards
Angels and Eagles (2008)
Family Tree (2011)

Set List

Eve does various sets depending on the venue. She can do 2-hour concerts of mainly originals, with a few choice covers, or she can do two 45-minute sets. Her covers are mainly classic Americana, California country, classic rock and some standards.