Little Liza Jane

Little Liza Jane


LLJ has mastered the art of story telling through song. Life, love, lies, murder, trains, and whiskey are our addictions. From contemplative ballads to upbeat bluegrass to belting blues, gutsy original tunes and carefully chosen covers combine personal, introspective lyrics and soulful harmonies


Most of our music doesn't fit neatly into any category and that's the way we like it. We are all deeply influenced by Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, Alt-country, Acoustic Rock and Old Time acoustic roots music.

Michelle Allen, the bands' founding member, primary guitar and sometime banjo player, has written most of the bands' original material. Michelle prefers a slower, funkier, sweeter sound and it shows in such songs as The Man in the Moon and Love is Blind.

Adrienne Yauk, an accomplished vocalist, songwriter and resophonic guitar (dobro) player has played such venues as the Kerrville Folk Festival, Gruene Hall in New Braunfels TX and the Station Inn in Nashville. Her roots are in the two blues - Blues and Bluegrass and she brings a strong Blues vocal style to the mix.

Kerry Claxton, singer/songwriter and our "secret weapon" tears it up on the mandolin. Kerry was born into a Bluegrass family (her dad plays Bass and sings) and is a veteran of several successful bands including Mountain Standard Time and Coal Creek.

Bass player Marni Pickens became well known as a premier rock and country bass player by performing and recording with such artists as Torin Alter, Philip Shelley, Junkstar, The Hissyfits and Amy Says. Marni was handpicked by punk rock guru Joey Ramone to back-up the legendary Ronnie Spector, a recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Most recently, she has recorded a critically acclaimed album of country-rock duets with musical veterans Gretchen Phillips and David Driver entitled Togetherness.

Michelle, Adrienne, Kerry and Marni each contribute distinct talents, solo voices, unique harmonies, skillful picking, and great original tunes to Little Liza Jane. Their collaboration makes for unique, compelling and highly enjoyable music.


Little Liza Janes first CD is due out in the spring of 2008

Set List

We typically do 2 or 3, 50 minute sets.
About a third of our songs are originals.

Michelle Allen, Original Songs
Speak in Tongues
Dark Eyes
Man in Moon
Howling Wilderness Saloon
Love is Blind
Safe From the Storm

Kerry Claxton, Original Songs
Room Left to Spare

Adrienne Yauk, Original Songs
Pickled Watermelon
How Many Times

Gravel Yard
Walls of Time
One Time Charlie's Got the Railroad Blues
Blue and Lonesome
Lonesome Pine Blues
Last Hard Bible
Your Light Leads Me On
Little Liza Jane
Ain't No Ash Will Burn
Safe from the Storm
Roxanna’s Waltz and Old Home Place
One More Dollar
Hundred Dollar Bill
Plant Your Fields
In My Time of Dying
Things Have Changed
Wild Bill
Sittin on Top of the World
Dance Hall Girls
Little Maggie
Shady Grove
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
Crossing the Cumberland
Miss Ohio
My Last Song for Jenny
The Raven