Lisa Sheppard

Lisa Sheppard

 Culver City, California, USA
BandAmericanaRock

Blues with a country vibe.  Heartfelt, original, moving songs with a sound that is reminiscent of Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. My song Blue Tonight was #35 week of 11/21/11 on the SPINS country chart.

Biography

Elvis. Earthquakes. Heartache. Poker. Roof cave-ins. For a roots-rock singer-songwriter, even Hollywood couldn’t conjure a more perfect storm of inspiration and raw material than the one filling Lisa Sheppard’s notebooks.
“When I think about it, I guess my life has been pretty interesting,” says the Texas-raised, Los Angeles-based artist. “I’m a person who’s easily bored, so I’m continuously looking for something new to wrap myself around. The stories in my songs tend to be about the process of life.”
Neon Lights, Lisa’s stunning sophomore album, burns with the grit-filled, heartfelt sounds of that process. The moods and tales within are as frank and richly varied as the life of their earthy-voiced creator: The disc’s 11 built-to-last songs are typified by such offerings as “You Got Your Freedom,” a rough-edged, blues-rocking kiss-off to a departing ex-lover, and “Once I Leave LA,” a sobering meditation on the thoughts of a desperate friend set to a bittersweet waltz. And then there’s the title track, an image-rich, gospel-tinged narrative that cashes in on the singer’s observations from her years as a professional poker player.
Lisa was born on Christmas Day. She grew up in Houston with music-loving parents who began bringing her to see live bands when she was just seven years old. Her mother, an impassioned follower of country and early rock ’n’ roll, was friends with Elvis Presley, George Jones, and rockabilly pioneer Tommy Sands, whose fan club she ran. Through her parents Lisa also discovered the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, and the Eagles, and at age nine she started guitar lessons. By age 16, however, her attention had turned toward a different type of stage, and she decided to pursue a theatrical career.
In 1988 Lisa moved to LA, where her focus eventually shifted from acting to playwriting and directing. But in 1993 she received a not-so-subtle sign that maybe the theatrical world wasn’t for her: During the opening run of “Metro,” a three-act play she co-wrote and directed with her late husband, the roof of the presenting theater caved in (luckily, no one was hurt). Two further collapses, that of her house in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and that of the marriage, soon had her searching for another creative outlet.
Lisa dabbled in visual art while growing further immersed in LA’s rich music scene. Inspired by the latter, in 2008 she picked up her guitar, wiped away 20 years of dust, and not only started playing again but writing songs as well. “My ex-husband had died, and I’d been carrying that loss and a lot of other stuff,” she recalls. “It all started coming out.” In October 2009 Lisa debuted with One-Track Mind, a collection of 10 striking originals that was quickly snapped up by blues and alt.country radio and drew praise from Country Weekly and Belgian online magazines Rootsville.be and Rootstime.be. The album’s success soon had her appearing at the House of Blues and other top clubs.
Produced by Rich McCulley (Sparklejet, the Meadows), Neon Lights also features drummer DJ Bonebrake (X, the Knitters) and bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakum). “Lisa’s music is a blend of Texas storytelling, Stonesy rock ’n’ roll, and a splash of Lucinda Williams,” says McCulley. “It’s all in there.”
It certainly is. As any lover of well-crafted, honestly played songs will eagerly agree. With Neon Lights, Lisa Sheppard reminds us once again her future is bright indeed.

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Lyrics

Neon Lights

Written By: Lisa Sheppard

Stuck in a room starin’ out at The Strip
Tv’s blarin’ and I’m startin’ to trip
Haven’t slept a wink in 3 days
Gotta find my wallet, gotta change my ways
My baby left said he was goin’ for some ice
I know right now that he’s out shootin’ dice
Gotta change my luck, gotta change change my name
Gotta make a buck, gotta find a game
The neon lights are shinin’
Nothing left but cigarettes and wine
Nothing’s wrong but my timin’
All my money’s on the line
Ridin’ the lift to the lobby floor
Got knocked down, gonna come back for more
I’m lookin’ for action, I’m lookin’ for some pain
Got nothin’ to lose and plenty to gain
Haven’t seen my baby, haven’t seen the light
Haven’t seen a hand since almost midnite
Gotta take my licks, gotta take my pills
Gotta count my chips, gotta pay my bills
The neon lights are shinin’
Nothing left but cigarettes and wine
Nothing’s wrong but my timin’
All my money’s on the line
Gotta find my baby, gotta find me some love
Gotta save my soul with some help from above
Gotta find my baby, gotta find me some love
Can’t find a waitress who’ll bring me a drink
Can’t book a winner and I’m startin’ to think
Maybe this room has a demon somewhere
Maybe I’ve just stayed too long at the fair
The neon lights are shinin’
Nothing left but cigarettes and wine
Nothing’s wrong but my timin’
All my money’s on the line

I'm Not That Tough

Written By: Lisa Sheppard

Like a tire that’s lost its tread
You roll on even though I’ve fled
Feelin’ the bumps, the rocks and the holes
Sometimes angry and sometimes scared
I think about all the things we shared
The dreams we chased that took their toll
You said sometimes when things get rough
You break down and you do some stuff
But I said honey I’m not that tough
You said sometimes when things get rough
You break down and you do some stuff
But I said honey I’m not that tough
There’ve been times that I’ve reached out
To other lovers when I’ve had doubt
About where you were and how you’ve been
I’d just walk from room to room
Waiting and hoping you’d be home soon
Knowing I can’t go through it again
You said sometimes when things get rough
You break down and you do some stuff
But I said honey I’m not that tough
I’m not that tough and I don’t think that I can take much more
I’ve had enough of all your lies I’ve heard them all before
Gonna hit the highway now
Gonna get my life back I know how
Gonna drive til the sun shines
I passed a woman on the street today
She looked at me and then looked away
Like she saw a ghost or a mirror in me
I dialed the phone and you weren’t there
All alone I sat and stared
Out the window crying silently
You said sometimes when things get rough
You break down and you do some stuff
But I said honey I’m not that tough
You said sometimes when things get rough
You break down and you do some stuff
But I said honey I’m not that tough

What Became of Us

Written By: Lisa Sheppard

Truck stop, blue jeans, quarter in my pocket
Headlights, highway, picture in my locket
Rusty cans, clouds of dust, one night stands, wasted lust
And I wonder what became of us
And I wonder what became of us
Broken busted promises and lies
Bloodshot, beltways, sun in my eyes
Dotted lines, freeway signs, running scared, feelings shared
And I wonder what became of us
And I wonder what became of us
What became of the nights in the sand
What became of the days holding hands
What became of the words in the waves
What became of the love that we made
Bar stool, juke box, whiskey bottle falls
Love song, teardrops, waiting for your call
And I wonder what became of us
And I wonder what became of us
And I wonder what became of us
And I wonder what became of us

You've Got Your Freedom

Written By: Lisa Sheppard

Get off of my street
Get over them tracks
Head down that road
Don't ever look back
You don't like my house
You don't like my friends
You don't like my folks
You don't like my gin
You got, you got your freedom
You got, you got your freedom
You like sunset walks
You like late night talks
You like stacks of books
You like fishing hooks
I like rock n roll
I like loud guitars
I like funk and soul
I like noisy bars
You got, you got your freedom
You got, you got your freedom
You're a bitter pill
You left a bitter taste
I've had my fill
Got no more time to waste
You're a broken gun
You won't fire for me
That trigger's shot
So darlin' let me be
You could say I'm done
I've had my fun
I don't believe in fate
Let's not hesitate
You got, you got your freedom
You got, you got your freedom

Come On In

Written By: Lisa Sheppard

We got badness
We got sadness
We got madness
Come on in
We got hard times
We got main lines
We got land mines
Come on in
Leave your conscience at the door
Lay your crosses on the floor
Losers only feel as sore
As their last sin
We got heart aches
We got hand shakes
We got high stakes
Come on in
Leave your conscience at the door
Lay your crosses on the floor
Losers only feel as sore
As their last sin
We got strange birds
We got cold words
We got chauffeurs
Come on in
We got mind games
We got fast lanes
We got champagne
Come on in
Leave your conscience at the door
Lay your crosses on the floor
Losers only feel as sore
As their last sin
Leave your conscience at the door
Lay your crosses on the floor
Losers only feel as sore
As their last sin

Spell

Written By: Lisa Sheppard

I am wounded and I just can't let you go
I am wounded and you know I love you so
You took me for a ride way down low
I am wasted when I look into your eyes
I am wasted when I feel your passion rise
You're like the finest drug now I'm hooked and hypnotized
Free me from your spell
Free me from your spell
I am broken and the pain won't go away
I am broken all your words I will obey
If you hunt me down I will be still I am your prey
Free me from your spell
Free me from your spell

Discography

Debut LP - One Track Mind
Sophomore Album - Neon Lights

Set List

Neon Lights
You've Got Your Freedom
Once I Leave LA
I'm Not That Tough
What Became of Us
Blue Tonight
Just Today
Wanna Go Down Your Road
Come On In
Screwdriver
Spell