Lisa Mann
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Lisa Mann

Beaverton, Oregon, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Beaverton, Oregon, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Blues Singer/Songwriter

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Dec
28
Lisa Mann @ Salishan Lodge- Attic Lounge

Gleneden Beach, Oregon, USA

Gleneden Beach, Oregon, USA

Dec
27
Lisa Mann @ Salishan Lodge- Attic Lounge

Gleneden Beach, Oregon, USA

Gleneden Beach, Oregon, USA

Dec
20
Lisa Mann @ West Linn Saloon

West Linn, Oregon, USA

West Linn, Oregon, USA

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Lisa Mann is from Portland, Ore., and has been a mainstay of the Northwest music scene for several years. She was inducted into the Cascade Blues Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2011 she and her Really Good Band represented the CBA at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis where they were semi finalists. Mann plays bass, sings, writes nine tracks, and also produced this fine (and diverse) disc. Her solid band is made up with Jeff Knudson’s guitar, Michael Ballash’s drumming, and Brian Harris’ keys. Lloyd Jones also makes an appearance adding his distinctive voice and guitar.

“See You Next Tuesday” starts this album in good-natured high-gear fashion featuring Mann’s hard-hitting vocals and a powerhouse performance by the entire band. More high-paced antics ensue on Little Milton and Oliver Sain’s “Satisfied” that finds Mann and company flying low to the ground with solid keys from Harris, heady guitar from Knudson, and Mann’s powerful vocals. “Always Nobody” adds Jones’s guitar and vocal; it’s a short and sweet tune where they blend well together. The mood shifts on Mann’s “Have I Told You I Love You Today,” with acoustic guitar, bass, and drums shining a light on Mann’s diverse vocal styles and her keen and heartfelt songwriting skills. This tune might start softly, but concludes with a rush courtesy of Knudson’s soaring electric guitar. Mann shows off her vocal range covering the moody and gentle “Alone.” Mann’s voice soars on Maxwell Davis and Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Don’t Touch Me,” where it’s blues time in high style especially with the addition of horns. Mann’s “Doin’ Alright” takes us home funky with gospel undertones and exciting vocals by Mann and guest Brian Foxworth who sings background and plays drums.

For the moment, Mann is mostly a Northwest regional secret, but I suspect that brighter days are within range for Mann, as she’s a talent to be reckoned with. With music that deserves to appear on North American radio charts, she should begin to receive an abundance of strong press reviews, and thus be in position to garner fans from coast to coast.

Bob Putignano, for Blues Music Magazine - Blues Music Magazine


Lisa Mann is from Portland, Ore., and has been a mainstay of the Northwest music scene for several years. She was inducted into the Cascade Blues Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2011 she and her Really Good Band represented the CBA at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis where they were semi finalists. Mann plays bass, sings, writes nine tracks, and also produced this fine (and diverse) disc. Her solid band is made up with Jeff Knudson’s guitar, Michael Ballash’s drumming, and Brian Harris’ keys. Lloyd Jones also makes an appearance adding his distinctive voice and guitar.

“See You Next Tuesday” starts this album in good-natured high-gear fashion featuring Mann’s hard-hitting vocals and a powerhouse performance by the entire band. More high-paced antics ensue on Little Milton and Oliver Sain’s “Satisfied” that finds Mann and company flying low to the ground with solid keys from Harris, heady guitar from Knudson, and Mann’s powerful vocals. “Always Nobody” adds Jones’s guitar and vocal; it’s a short and sweet tune where they blend well together. The mood shifts on Mann’s “Have I Told You I Love You Today,” with acoustic guitar, bass, and drums shining a light on Mann’s diverse vocal styles and her keen and heartfelt songwriting skills. This tune might start softly, but concludes with a rush courtesy of Knudson’s soaring electric guitar. Mann shows off her vocal range covering the moody and gentle “Alone.” Mann’s voice soars on Maxwell Davis and Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Don’t Touch Me,” where it’s blues time in high style especially with the addition of horns. Mann’s “Doin’ Alright” takes us home funky with gospel undertones and exciting vocals by Mann and guest Brian Foxworth who sings background and plays drums.

For the moment, Mann is mostly a Northwest regional secret, but I suspect that brighter days are within range for Mann, as she’s a talent to be reckoned with. With music that deserves to appear on North American radio charts, she should begin to receive an abundance of strong press reviews, and thus be in position to garner fans from coast to coast.

Bob Putignano, for Blues Music Magazine - Blues Music Magazine


Lisa Mann – Satisfied
Self Release
www.lisamannmusic.com
13 tracks / 51:09

When I got Lisa Mann’s latest CD, Satisfied, I was glad to find a fellow bass player who has the initiative to take the leading role in a band. She is accomplished in both roles, having won awards for both her vocals and bass playing from the Cascade Blues Association (she hails from the Portland, Oregon area).

Besides her performing roles, Lisa also has the principal songwriting roles in this release. She wrote nine of the thirteen tracks and they all have smart lyrics and great musical scores. It is nice that they give their customers over 50 minutes of music, as many new releases barely come in at 40 minutes these days.

One worry that I had before listening to this album was that if the leader and songwriter was a bass player, that this exercise would be a total bass wank-fest. It turns out that though the bass part is forward in the mix and a more complicated than on many blues albums, is never becomes overbearing.

“See You Next Tuesday” is the lead-off track on Satisfied, and right away the listener gets an up-tempo blues romp with Brian Harris on the organ and Jeff Knudson playing smooth licks on the guitar. If this is your first experience with Lisa Mann, you will find that she has a rich and full voice, and can really belt out a tune. It is a brief and humorous tune, which makes it like a good appetizer before a feast.

Jeff Johnson’s “Gamblin’ Virgin Mary” comes next and changes things up a little as it starts out with a growly bass lick that proves that Lisa has got the blues pouring out of her fingertips too. Lisa switches to more a gospel tone with her vocals, and the keyboards are layered with honky-tonk piano and organ tones. Michael Ballash’s drums are perfectly in sync with Lisa, providing a solid foundation.

“Always Nobody” is another original song with funny lyrics, describing how humbling is it to be home when it seems like you are appreciated everywhere else. Fellow Oregonian (and one heck of a musician) Lloyd Jones is featured on vocals and guitar on this track, and his voice works in very well with Lisa’s. I wonder if he does not feel famous in Portland too…

From the title you can figure out that “Have I Told You I Love Your Today” is a love song. It also happens to be a very good pop/rock tune that is as radio-friendly as you can get, and is yet another great showcase for Lisa Mann’s vocal talents, too.

Carlo Bayer Sager’s “Alone” is just Lisa and her bass, and she has tastefully reworked this song to make it her own. Her raw emotion and beautiful voice make this one of my favorite tracks on Satisfied. This track provides also gives the listener a small rest before jumping back into the blues with Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Don’t Touch Me”, which has some awesome guitar work from Kevin Selfe, and horns from Dan Fincher, Joe McCarthy and Brad Ulrich.

After eleven tracks with the usual blues themes of hard times, disillusionment and love lost, “Kings of Black Gold” is a splash of cold water to the face with its heavy political message. I do not see Satisfied as a political album, so this track does not fit in with the rest of the tunes. Of course it is a well-written song, and Mitch Kashmar does a nice job with the harmonica parts on this track, so I did not let it bring me down.

The somber tone does not last though, as the album finishes off with “Doin’ Alright”, which is an upbeat tune with Joe Powers sitting in on the harmonica. Also featured is Brian Fowxorth, who takes over as drummer and adds a little soul with his backing vocals on this track. This song was a great choice for ending the album, as it brings things to close on a happy note.

So, the bottom line is that Lisa Mann and her group did a very good job on Satsified, which provides a little bit of everything from blues to pop and sadness to humor. This is a solid album with consistently catchy tunes and a passel of great musicians, and - Blues Blast Magazine


"Satisfied"
Self Produced

Lisa Mann has created another sensational disc with her latest, Satisfied, that is chock-full of her amazing vocals and wonderful instrumentation featuring Her Really Good Band and a bevy of local musicians. Catchy tunes that demand continual replay and will have you tapping your toes and snapping your fingers along to each. All but four of the tracks were written by Lisa herself, further displaying a knack for clever songwriting that consistently grows stronger with each new recording she offers.

The core band of Lisa on bass, Jeff Knudson on guitar, drummer Michael Ballash and Brian Harris on keys have developed into such a sharp, tight and precise outfit that shines brightly throughout the disc. It is no wonder that they receive accolades every year from the Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Awards and recently took home the award for most outstanding achievement in the blues from the Portland Music Awards. The camaraderie works to perfection on Satisfied. Lisa’s bass hooks are captured nicely next to Jeff Knudson’s sizzling guitar and Brian Harris’ intricate organ work.

The song selections are all highlights. There is no down moment at any point on the disc. There is a range of emotions throughout and numbers like the Peter Allen/Carol Bayer Sager track “Alone” can bring tears to your eyes while the humor of originals “I Was Gonna” or “See You Next Tuesday” will find you smiling to yourself. Knudson’s guitar work delivers crisply on Little Milton’s “Satisfied,” smolders on “Surrender To The Blues” and “Til The Wheels Come Off,” plus the acoustic work on “Have I Told You I Love You Today” is absolutely beautiful next to Lisa’s breathy voice.

There is no shortage of fantastic friends sitting in on the album, all professionals who bring their magic forth magnificently. Kevin Selfe’s snappy guitar on Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Don’t Touch Me” alongside the horns of Joe McCarthy, Dan Fincher and Brad Ulrich give this timeless classic a reading that’d make Johnny himself wishing he’d been part of this recording. Lloyd Jones inspired the song “Always Nobody,” where Lisa explains that sometimes you’re more appreciated outside of your own home town with Lloyd sitting in on vocals and guitar, while Brian Harris’ keys are rolling steadily. Mitch Kashmar’s chromatic harp is a grinding force on “Kings Of Black Gold” pounding the song’s flow matched intensely by Knudson’s guitar. That tune is followed by the brightly, happy go lucky harp of Joe Powers on “Doin’ Alright,” with Lisa’s feel good message fueled by a chorus consisting of a vocal cast of Sonny Hess, Brian Foxworth, LaRhonda Steele and Rae Gordon. Other great musicians on the disc include Kevin LaBaron on sax, Caton Lyles on percussion and former Insomniacs Alex Shakeri on keys and Dave Melyan on drums.

The best part of Lisa Mann’s music is that it can appeal to a variety of different genres. She may be a blueser at heart, but many of these songs can easily cross over to the pop and rock market. And it should be a winning disc wherever it is played and heard. Simply put, Satisfied is one satisfying album!



Total Time: 51:15

See You Next Tuesday / Gamblin’ Virgin Mary / Satisfied / Surrender To The Blues / Have I Told You I Love You Today / Always Nobody / Til The Wheels Come Off / Catch Me When I Fall / I Was Gonna / Alone / Don’t Touch Me / Kings Of Black Gold / Doin’ Alright

Reviewed by Greg Johnson - Cascade Blues Association's Blues Notes


Lisa Mann
"Satisfied"
Lisa Mann Music
By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © April 2012

It's been just shy of two years since the release of Lisa Mann & The Really Good Band's last CD and as expected - its still a really good band.

Led by Lisa Mann, on bass and vocals, The Really Good Band consists of Jeff Knudson on guitars, Michael Ballish on drums, and Brian Harris on keys. Guest artists include: Lloyd Jones on vocal and guitar; Kevin Selfe on guitar; Dave Melyan on drums; Alex Shakeri on keys; Mitch Kashmar and Joe Powers on harmonica; Brian Foxworth on drums & backup vocals; Larhonda Steele and Rae Gordon on backup vocals; Sonny "Smokin: Hess on guitar & backup vocals; Kevin Labaron on saxophone; Joe McCarty on trumpet; Dan Fincher on tenor sax; Brad Ulrich on baritone sax; and Caton Lyles on percussion.

I don't know that Lisa Mann is old enough to have seen many "Popeye" cartoons but I am, and the opening track sure did make me think one of it's characters. On this original recording the line Lisa uses to brush off people who annoy her is "See You Next Tuesday", obviously avoiding any immediate - and possibly future confrontation. Very much like the glutinous "Wimpy", the "Popeye" character who constantly uttered the phrase "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today" as he attempted to avoid paying.....possibly ever. Musically, this track features the four band members doing what they do best - being a really good band.

"Satisfied" is a song by one of Lisa's inspirations - the late Little Milton. Once again it's another track that features the basic four and that usually means smokin' rhythm from Lisa, Michael and Brian on the bass, drums and keys and lots of hot guitar leads from Jeff.

There's no questioning her sincerity as Lisa emotionally admits it's time to "Surrender To The Blues". This may very well not just be the disc's best song but possibly the best song I'll hear all year long. There's a phrase I repeatedly use to describe songs of this caliber and here it is - this is song of the year material. To me, this is what the blues is all about....well written melancholy lyrics that are sung with the heart and soul, slow and steamy rhythm that features deep and sultry horns and beautiful piano highlights, and of course, scorching guitar leads. Lisa, Jeff, Michael, Brian and the whole horn section - you all nailed this one. Thanks for making me feel this good.

Another of Lisa's nine original tracks is "Catch Me When I Fall". In addition to Lisa and Michael providing their usual strong rhythm, "Smokin" Sonny Hess' masterful guitar work and Kevin Labaron's wailing sax make this another strong track.

"Alone" is a very appropriately titled song that Lisa chose to do as a solo. It's all about her beautiful voice and her bass guitar. Really well done.

Another of the four covers includes a retro sounding track called "Don't Touch Me Baby". This one's highlighted by Lisa absolutely belting out the blues, and some incredibly amazing guitar playing by someone I've had the pleasure of working with in the past - Kevin Selfe. Another awesome tracks deserving of several replays.

Other tracks on "Satisfied" include: "Gamblin' Virgin Mary", "Have I Told You I Love You Today?", "Always Nobody", "Till The Wheels Come Off", "I Was Gonna", "Kings Of Gold" and "Doin' Alright".

Over the years Lisa Mann has won many awards given out by her local blues society - The Cascades Blues Association - and I'm happy to say that I was in the audience when she represented them in the 2011 International Blues Challenge. Had the judges felt as I did, she would have won.

To get to know more about Lisa Mann, you can visit her at www.lisamannmusic.com. When you do, please tell her she's totally "Satisfied" the Blewzzman. - Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, Blues Editor at www.Mary4Music.com


The amount of good blues music coming out of the top left corner of the United States is unfathomable. It's getting to the point that when I get a CD in the mail, if the return address has a zip code with the first three numbers anywhere between 970 and 979, I've already started liking it. It's gotta be the water. Somehow, somewhere, some of the mud from the Mississippi got mixed in with the cascades of Columbia River.

The newest CD in the ever growing list of submissions I'm receiving from the Pacific Northwest is a self titled disc from Lisa Mann. Like her neighbors before her, Lisa is quite impressive. Joining Lisa, on bass and vocals are: Jeff Knudson, Sonny Hess and Larry Haggin on guitars; Dave Melyan and Michael Ballash on drums; Alex Shakeri, Janice Scroggins and David Vest on keyboards; Alex Shakeri and Jim Wallace on harmonica; Brad Ulrich and Mark Hutchinson on saxophones; Megan James on vocal and harmonies; and Sonny Hess & Rae Gordon on backup vocals. Should some of those names have you thinking you've heard them before, think Insomniacs.

"Lisa Mann", Lisa's third release, is a mix of some of the bluesiest songs from her first two CDS along with several new tracks. Now let me tell you about some of it.......

Due to being vaccinated with a Victrola needle, Lisa is "Hooked On Rock And Roll". With a title like that you'd expect this one to be a smoker and that's exactly what it is. It's one of two tracks that feature the 'alternating musicians' and from what I'm listening to, they've all earned their so called 'guest appearance'. It's Michael beatin' the hell out the skins, Janice slappin' the hello out of the keys, and Brad blowin' the hell out a saxophone, that are firing this one up.

Although the lyrics find her asking for one, there's no way Lisa needs a "Helping Hand" on this track. Her voice is so strong, so commanding and so soulful that this one could have been sung acapella and still been outstanding. Having said that, I'm glad it wasn't, because Alex and Mark are phenomenal on the organ and saxophone leads.

On "Little Sister", Lisa gets to feature one of her other talents - amazing bass. With her leading the way, and Dave and Alex keeping right up on drums and organ, the trio gets a fine, funky rhythm going. Alex doubling on the harp, Jeff tearing it up on guitar and [Sonny & Rae's] harmonizing on vocals all add up to this being a hot one.

Long time readers of mine know that when it comes to styles of blues, there's nothing I like hearing more than good old "Down Home Blues".... at least every.... other.... record..... or two. With Jim leading the way on harp, and Lisa belting it out vocally, the rest of the band fall into one of those "it doesn't get any better than this" kind of grooves. Real good stuff.

Unless Alvin and the Chipmunks do it (which would be a sacrilege), I doubt I'll ever hear a version of "At Last" - the most beautiful song ever written - that I won't like. Lisa's rendition is flawless. She uses one of the slower, softer and sultrier styles I've heard. Although she nails it, even the crescendo never seems to be a strain. On this solo effort, Lisa's skilled use of a six string bass serves up the impression that there's a three piece combo backing her up. Great work, maestro.

Stating that she keeps making the same mistakes over and over again, Lisa feels like her life is like a "Broken Record". This is one hell of a clever composition that anyone who's ever used a turntable will relate to. Several times throughout the track Lisa makes the song sound as if the record is stuck...the record is stuck...the record is stuck. It's an absolute riot. And musically, it rocks. A furious paced rhythm led by Lisa and Dave, hot guitar leads from Jeff, killer piano work from Alex and a strong vocal performance by Lisa all highlight this one.

Other tracks on "Lisa Mann" include: "Someday", "Bentonville Blues", "Chemicals", 'Tryin", "Real Life Woman" and "Pray For The Junkie".

Over the past year or so, I've heard some very good work coming some from very good lady blues artists whom I think may be ready to breakout of that 'local' / 'regional' area mold. I've just added Lisa Mann to the list. When you're a good writer, a good musician, a good singer - and of course being good looking never hurts either, your time is sure to come. Lisa's time is soon....very soon.

To find out more about Lisa, and to purchase a copy of "Lisa Mann", just go to www.lisamannmusic.com. Please be sure to tell her why you came...... you heard the Blewzzman saying "WOW!"

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues editor @ www.Mary4Music.com - www.mary4music.com


Don says of Lisa Mann:
"This bundle of energy is a gifted composer and vocalist..."
"Watch out for this woman"

http://www.oregonlive.com/music/index.ssf/2008/10/podcast.html - Don Campbell- Oregonian/ Oregon Live


Lisa Mann by Brent-Anthony Johnson, 2/01/2009
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When I listen to Lisa Mann, I'm reminded of how fleeting and yet beautiful life can be. Her song "Someday" from her most recent release, 2008's "Chop Water", was my theme song as I ran through one of the craziest month's I've ever experienced during December 2008! Thank you, Lisa!

The fourteen deftly written tunes featured on the disc run the gamut from grinding blues to 8th note-driven rockers like "Wake Me", to thoughtful ballads like "Dance A Little Closer"... and each song is driven by Lisa's bad ass bass playing! This diminutive groove machine and two-time winner of the Cascade Blues Association's Muddy Waters Award (for Bass Player of the Year); 2008

Vocalist of the Year and 2007 Famecast Band Competition finalist (2nd Place) is someone everyone should hear from much more often than we do! You can learn more at www.lisamannmusic.com and www.myspace.com/lisamannmusic

AJ: Hi "Li"! Thank you for the warmth and humorous grit of "Chop Water", and thank you for joining us here at Bass Musician Magazine! I wanted to begin by chatting about your response to our interview request, "I'm just a meat & potatoes bass player!" You're hardly a pedestrian bassist. Also, let's talk about your choice to employ the 6-string bass guitar... that isn't the choice of the average bassist! Let alone the choice of many bassist/lead vocalists! What is the basis of your Instrumental choice, and in what ways does the 6-string support you – as you support your "Really Good Band"?

LM: First I'll say, thanks so much for the interview and the kind words! Well, I guess the 6-string thing started when I was in my late teens... I was a fan of classical music and started playing Paganini and Bach on my 4-string bass and I guess I just ran out of frets. The very first 6-string I laid eyes on, I bought- that was my Warwick Thumb. I think it was a good investment. Since then I branched out into many styles of music including blues and R&B, and I find that having a 6-string allows for fat deep notes as well as double-stops to accentuate the chord progressions. I play a lot of trio shows, and when the guitarist begins to solo, it's nice to keep those chords alive underneath him as the rhythm guitar drops out. I also have the opportunity to play solo shows with a 6-string ("At Last" being a good example), although the chord voicings can be a little limiting based on tuning and the size of the fretboard.

BAJ: While we're "here", let's talk about your gear, in general... What areyou playing, and how did your tone come together?

LM: I have the Warwick I mentioned before, it's a neck through body 1989 Thumb with big flat frets, so it almost has a fretless flavor to it. It has a great mid-range response that some soundmen find unnerving, but I love the way it grunts. I mainly save that bass for shorter performances and for the studio, as a solid bubinga body makes it a full 14 pounds. My main working axe is an early 90's Tobias Killer B 6-string. It plays very smooth, although I wish the upper horn was further over that 12th fret so I wouldn't have to stretch for my F and low C frets. I play through a Gallien-Krueger RB 800 bass head; I've used them for years, and have a Genz Benz four ten with big fat ports in the bottom.

for the rest of the interview:

http://www.bass-musician-magazine.com/General/bass-musician-magazine-detail.asp?year=2009&month=02&article-id=402302135 - Bass Musician Magazine


Lisa Mann has an intriguing voice and a warm stage presence. - Positively Entertainment


Lisa is an extremely talented musician. Her versatility, reliability and precision, along with her phenomenal vocals, make Lisa an extraordinary musician. Whoever she chooses to play with, she is a must hear! - Portland Blues


"...think Cyndi Lauper meets Joan Osborne..."

"...an exercise in fearless realism..."

"Couched in a gutsy and stylistically absorbable package, this CD is a must have for anyone's collection." - Positively Entertainment


"...think Cyndi Lauper meets Joan Osborne..."

"...an exercise in fearless realism..."

"Couched in a gutsy and stylistically absorbable package, this CD is a must have for anyone's collection." - Positively Entertainment


Discography

Lisa Mann's latest release, "Satisfied," contains nine original blues and blues-rock songs and four covers. It features Her Really Good Band, as well as guest appearances from legendary rhythm and blues artist Lloyd Jones, Delta Groove artist Mitch Kashmar, internationally acclaimed harmonica player Joe Powers, and many more. Covers include songs from Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Little Milton and a smoky solo bass rendition of a Carole Bayer Sager composition, "Alone." "Satisfied" has been heard on radio across the US and worldwide, including Sirius XM's Bluesville and Blues Deluxe.

Lisa produced two eclectic CDs in 2006 and 2008, with original rock, blues and Americana tracks. They featured many of Portland's finest musicians, including Dave Melyan and Alex Shakeri of the Insomniacs, guitarist Sonny "Smokin'" Hess, and boogie woogie piano man David Vest. Her third CD release "Lisa Mann," included the bluesiest cuts from the first two as well as two new tracks featuring Grammy nominee Janice Scroggins on piano. This CD is still receiving airplay on radio stations all over the US, internet stations, as well as stations in Europe and Asia.

She has also performed on other artist's CDs, including Canadian blues man Bill Johnson's Juno and Maple Award nominated "Still Blue," which Blues Revue magazine called "supple and magnificent."

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Bio

Portland, OR based Lisa Mann is currently the Cascade Blues Association's Female Vocalist of the Year and Bass Player of the Year, and her "Really Good Band" is the Contemporary Blues Act of the Year.

She is also in the CBA's Hall of Fame for her previous wins for Bass Player of the Year, and received the "Duffy Bishop" award for Vocalist of the Year in 2009. In 2012, Lisa took home a Portland Music Award for Outstanding Achievement in Blues. Lisa and Her Really Good Band represented the CBA at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in Feb 2011, where they made the semi-finals where they lost to Lionel Young.

Blues Music Magazine says Lisa is a "talent to be reckoned with," and the CBA's Blues Notes calls her CD, Satisfied, "sensational."

Her influences run the gamut, from low down blues sisters Etta James and Koko Taylor, to singer-songwriters like Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow, to R&B belters like the late Little Milton. She writes the majority of her recorded material, and her songs paint pictures of a gritty history of personal experience in life, love and the not-always-pretty music business.

Lisa has shared the stage with many Northwest greats such as Paul DeLay, Duffy Bishop, Karen Lovely, Ellen Whyte and Sonny "Smokin'" Hess. She has often lent her bass grooves and musical direction to Sonny Hess' NW Women's Rhythm and Blues Revue, a very popular showcase at festivals such as Waterfront Blues and their annual charity Christmas show.

In the summer of 2009, Lisa's signature song "Little Sister (You Ain't Suffered)" was chosen runner-up in the open category in Mike Pinder's Song Wars competition. Pinder, keyboardist of Moody Blues fame, wrote, "Lisa - Excellent storytelling and well crafted composition. Memorable hook and melody. Good dynamics and great energy. Nice arrangement and outstanding vocal performance. By the time I heard the middle eight I was singing the hook, 'you never suffered' Solid songwriting! ~ Mike"

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