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"Wake Up, Baby!"

Boston Blues CD Review, February 2008

Lisa Marie and All Shook Up - Wake Up, Baby!

Self-Produced (available at Lisa Marie's shows, and soon on

By Bill Copeland
February 2008

Lisa Marie and All Shook Up have at long last released the CD that allows blues artists to make enough of an impact to gain more venues, press attention, and a large fan base.

Actually, Lisa Marie, during the last six years, has already accumulated many rooms and a large following. So her debut CD, Wake Up, Baby! should only solidify her spot on the blues scene, and gain her the respect she has so long gone without.

Since Wake Up, Baby! is one of the strongest efforts to come out of the local or national blues scenes in 2007, I can only see Lisa Marie becoming a more popular figure.

I'd like to predict she will be nominated for a Boston Music Award next year.

From the opening track "Blues Will Get Me By," with its rocking guitar accompaniment from Jason James, to the final Gospel-influenced a cappella, "Give Me A Sign," this CD is loaded with impressive, enjoyable numbers.

"Blues Will Get Me By" has a funky beat and crunchy guitar melodies serving as backdrops, while Lisa Marie's blazing torch of a blues voice carries us along on her journey of hope. Dana Bonardi's drumbeat makes you want to move your feet while Lisa Marie's torchy voice belts it out.

Lisa Marie wrote all of these tracks herself.

"Fuss Budget" is a rollicking boogie-woogie number with piano work by Travis Colby of Roomful Of Blues. Fun to listen to for its humorous lyrics, the piece also challenges the feet to move to a sort of jitterbug beat. Lisa Marie finds the right space to inject her voice over Colby's piano and Mark Early's baritone saxophone.

Lisa Marie's All Shook Up line-up provides a solid R&B groove to several of these tracks. "Won't Drink" is another mid-tempo dance number, feel good song. It comes off with a vintage 1960s R&B beat underneath its blues guitar, and Early's bluesy tenor and baritone saxophone flourish.

Lisa Marie also has a fairly strong grasp of rockabilly that shows up in "Mission Of A Ne'er Do Well," a Johnny Cash-influenced number about how a small town girl matched wits with the devil and won. Her vocal timbre is curled up at the lower register for this tongue-in-cheek number about a randy local girl who outsmarts the devil himself. This song shows Lisa Marie to be a good storyteller, and her vocal inflections and dynamics help make this tune a lot of fun.

Lisa Marie shows she's more than just a voice by writing and producing the disc. The familiar musicians she has assembled speak to her need to get things done right.

Papa Dick Souza and Dima Gorodetsky supply bass. Bonardi and Ephraim Lowell ply drums. There's also Carl Querfurth on trombone. She has Rob Nelson on some guitar tracks, and Doug "Mr. Low" James on baritone sax.

Filled with charm, humor, and personality are songs titled "My Bald-Headed Baby," "Scroo Crookin'," and "Ratfink Bastard." "Scroo Cookin'" will undoubtedly go over well with couples - and I don't just mean on the dance floor.

My favorite is "Fickle Man Blues," a slow number that shows Lisa Marie's ability to move her voice along with the groove set by Lowell, the drummer. She has an even huskier voice on "What I Know," a tune with a thick bass line and an intriguing horn line. Other charming trinkets include "Tryin' To Do," with more New Orleans- flavored boogie-woogie piano and sax jive, and "Ratfink Bastard" with its guitar spikes.

Lisa Marie has the class to finish with "Give Me A Sign," a Gospel flavored personal a cappella with handclaps and humming as her only support.

There is so much to enjoy on Wake Up, Baby! I could write an article on every song. Lisa Marie fans will have almost as much fun listening to this disc as they do getting into her music and goodtime persona at her live shows.

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New CD of original music released in October 2007. Wake Up, Baby! tempts the listener with 13 tracks and features members of Roomful Of Blues, the Duke Robillard Band, Jason James and the Bay State Houserockers, and Loaded Dice.

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LISA MARIE & ALL SHOOK UP gives you sizzlin' R&B, rock & soul, funk & swing, rockabilly & jumpin' red-hot blues... AND NEVER THE SAME SHOW TWICE!!

Catch singer LISA MARIE performing with ALL SHOOK UP, a revolving cast of New England's finest musicians from Portland to Providence, Worcester to Boston and beyond.

In the past five years this Boston native has appeared with many of New England's premiere R&B/blues/soul bands, as well as live radio broadcasts, webcasts, and telethons.

A versatile singer/songwriter with an expanding list of originals, she has a life-long love of traditional roots music that she enjoys covering: R&B, rock, funk, swing, blues, folk, gospel, country, rockabilly, pop, soul and jazz... She's also known for slipping into an Irish drinking song, a Dutch ballad, or a French folk song at the drop of a hat.

"With her range and powerful vocal delivery she can belt out a searing soul tune and then surprise you with sweet acappella. A true entertainer and performer, her presence on stage draws the audience right in. Cabasa or tambourine in hand, Lisa Marie bounces into the crowd, dancing with fans and emanating an infectious energy!"

Whether fronting her own 4-piece band, LISA MARIE & ALL SHOOK UP, crooning country jazz with her piano trio, working the singer/songwriter circuit with an acoustic guitar duo, performing with legendary 11-piece soul band Wilbur & The Dukes, singing Tower Of Power hits with the mighty Manchuka Horns, or as a featured artist with various R&B and rock 'n' roll outfits, LISA MARIE serves up a red-hot performance every time... Catch the next LISA MARIE & ALL SHOOK UP show or see LISA MARIE at one of her many appearances in the Northeast!

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> Winner of a 2006 Worcester Music Award
> Nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the 2007 Turtle Boy Music Awards
> Nominated for "Hardest Working Musician" in the 2007 Turtle Boy Music Awards
> Nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the 2006 Worcester Music Awards
> Nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the 2006 Turtle Boy Music Awards
> LISA MARIE & ALL SHOOK UP nominated for Best Blues / R&B / Swing Act in the 2004 Worcester Sound Awards
> LISA MARIE & ALL SHOOK UP nominated for Best Blues / Roots / Swing Act in the 2003 Worcester Sound Awards
> 2003 Boston Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist