Liz Mandville Greeson

Liz Mandville Greeson

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Liz carries on the tradition of the classic blues singer; sensual and sensuous, with a powerful, evocative soul-drenched voice. She sings self-penned songs leading the listener on an emotional and passionate journey through the minefield called love.

Biography

Liz Mandville Greeson spent the late 1980s running up and down the road with her R&B band the Supernaturals. She played thousands of gigs, from smoky biker bars to swanky theatres, casinos to yacht clubs, honing her musical chops and crowd-pleasing skills. In 1994, a chance meeting with bassist Aron Burton led to Liz’ subsequent performance with him at the 1994 Chicago Blues fest, two tracks on his 1996 Earwig release, “Aron Burton Live”, and a long-standing performing relationship. “Live” also marked Liz’s recording debut and the beginning of her professional association with Earwig Music Company.

Liz holds the distinction of being the only white vocalist to perform regularly at the internationally known Blue Chicago nightclubs, where she held court from 1994 to 1999. Backed by former Junior Wells bandleader George Baze, Liz contributed two tracks to the 1998 Blue Chicago release, "The Red Hot Mamas". While at Blue Chicago, Liz had the opportunity to work with a veritable who’s who of contemporary blues men: Willie Kent, Michael Coleman and Maurice John Vaughn, among others. Albert Collins’ alumni, Aron Burton (bass), Allen Batts (keys), and Dave Jefferson, (longtime Albert King drummer), made up Liz’ rhythm section for the latter part of the 1990s, and played on her first two CDs released by Earwig Music Company of Chicago.

On stage it’s magic! Hip shakin' Liz gets the crowd dancing with the first blast of her powerful, four octave, soul-drenched voice. She is a high voltage performer and a red hot mama. She is also solid as an acoustic and electric guitar player and her rub board playing adds a spicy back-porch feel. Equally at home in an intimate club setting or on a festival stage, she is a total professional, on time and in control! She continues to tour internationally to critical acclaim, gaining new many devoted fans at each show. She also has a large amount of recorded material and is looking at releasing one or two more albums in the near future.

Quotes

“Brassy, sassy singer with a knack for writing spicy, blues flavored songs that can rock and rollick." -Blues Revue

"She delivers...with unimpeachable enthusiasm and lusty gusto. Look at her indeed." - Living Blues

Lyrics

The Gift

Written By: Liz Mandville Greeson

I used to pleasure silently
On all the things they gave to me
The baubles and the trinkets,
Things that made me think it’s really love this time
Who are you to change my mind
Who are you, you devil in disguise
To trick me with your pretty lies.

I ask so little really
I ask little of my lovers
But con sweet wisps and drink
Until someone discovers
It was so easy with the others
But who are you, you prince of theft
To rob me with a gift I can’t accept

I realize you’re not aware
The lonely act was mine
The pain was solved with chemicals
The would will heal with time

Of all the gifts my lovers brought
Yours cost most but most it taught
The child that lived inside of me
Afraid in love alone is gone
I’ll say no more it’s gone

Soul Tender

Written By: Liz Mandville Greeson

(Chorus)
My baby loves me and I surrender
Oh he is my sould tender
My baby kisses me the sweetest love could ever be
Oh, he is my sould tender

(Verse 1)
Easy to love my baby is
Easy to love and hold and kiss
Easy to please so pleasing to me
Wrapped up in his arms is where I want to be

(Repeat chorus)

(Verse 2)
Bright as the sun my baby is
Bright is our love he’s mine I’m his
Growin’ like a tree so wild and free
In the shade of his warm love is where I want to be

(Bridge)
I don’t need no lawyer, don’t need no deal
I will testify this love is true and real
There’s no turning back now
Straight ahead and on the track now
I’ve got to tell you just how I feel

(Repeat chorus)

Back In Love Again

Written By: Liz Mandville Greeson

You were right I know it had to end
You’re happy with your new love darling
And we’re better off as friends
All day I can smile and pretend
But when the night comes, I’m back in love again

I heard a rumor going all over town
That’s the same day you told me
That you had to put me down
Since then I’m just acting, holding up my chin
But then I hear your voice, I’m back in love again

I’m fine ‘til I have my wine
Then those old feelings come baby
Cloudin’ up my mind
If only those feelings would end
But then I see your face I’m back in love again

Some day baby, you’ll come back to me
I’m hurt now darling
But you’re just to blind to see
I pray every night that we can try our thing again
But then I hear your name, I’m back in love again

Scratch the Kitty

Written By: Liz Mandeville

© Elizebeth Mandville Greeson pka Liz Mandeville
Published 2008 Earwig Music Company, Inc.

Well I got a ginger tabby, a sleepin in my lap
And you can curl up with us if you wanna take a nap
You got to scratch the kitty
You got to scratch that kitty
You got to scratch that kitty if you want my kitty to purr

My kitty don’t do tricks, don’t sit up and play
Sits so quiet at the top of my leg
You got to scratch the kitty
You got to scratch that kitty
You got to scratch that kitty if you want my kitty to purr

Come on scratch it

(Guitar Solo)

Some people like their doggies, and I like doggies too
But I would scratch a kitty when I’m thinking about you
I wanna scratch the kitty
I want to scratch that kitty
Well scratch that kitty if I want my kitty to purr

You got to scratch that kitty
You got to scratch that kitty
Oh, scratch the kitty
Well scratch that kitty
You got to scratch that kitty
If you want that kitty to purr

Corner Bar Blues

Written By: Liz Mandeville

© Elizebeth Mandville Greeson pka Liz Mandeville
Published 2008 Earwig Music Company, Inc.

You spent all night drinkin’ at the corner bar
Well, you spent all night just drinkin’ at the corner bar
They closed the place and now you can’t find your car

Spent a half an hour just stumbling up and down the street
Half an hour, just staggerin’ up and down the street
With your head on fire and lead in both your feet

Finally found it half way down the block
Finally found it half way down the block
Well, you stick and stab but your key won’t fit the lock

Scottie bought a round, Howard bought a shot
Said you was leavin’ then the dice got hot
Dave sent you a Jaeger, you sent him a beer
Ya said you were leavin’ but you’re still right here

Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do?
Well it ain’t nothin’ new, you got the corner bar blues

You get behind the wheel and you’re drivin’ with one eye closed
Get behind the wheel and you’re drivin’ with one eye closed
Just running up the curb and blowin’ all over the road

In the rearview mirror there’s cherries screamin’ blue and red
(Uh Oh) In the rearview mirror cherries screamin’ blue and red
Yeah, you wake up in jail with a fine and an achin’ head

The judge says, “I can’t let you drive no more.
You know, you blew so high you had a lethal score.
I know that you didn’t rob or steal.
But it’s a crime what you do behind the wheel.”

Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do?
Well it ain’t nothin’ new, you got the corner bar blues

Spent all night just drinkin’ at the corner bar
Well, you spent all night, drinking at the corner bar
Call him a cab bartender, he don’t drive no more

Discography

Look At Me - Earwig Music Company
Ready to Cheat - Earwig Music Company
Back In Love Again - Earwig Music Company
Red Top (2008) - Earwig Music Company