12/03 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge *
12/05 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
12/06 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
12/07 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
12/09 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre *
12/11 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
12/12 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory *
* Kopecky Family Band supporting
Although she is Midwest born, her music is a melting pot of an Appalachian-meets-Laurel Canyon sound that tips its hat to the past- more 70’s sounding on her debut release and a bigger 80’s-influenced sound on her follow-up, Back to Forever (Fat Possom/Columbia), courtesy of Irish super producer, Jacknife Lee.
Lissie at Electric Fetus in-store
‘Sleepwalking’ from the new record, was received well, as was radio hit ‘When I’m Alone’, done mid-set. As it was a Saturday night and she assumed most in the crowd didn’t have get up early the next day, an appropriate ‘I Don’t Wanna Go To Work’ followed, and for ‘Shameless’ she donned her own t-shirt, worked herself into a sweat for the spirited song, then took it off and hurled the shirt into a sea of reaching hands.
“One of my old songs that I love, that we’ve re-discovered”, ‘Shroud’, was next and unfamiliar to most, as it was only available as a vinyl b-side to the previous song. The very-Fleetwood Mac sounding hit, ‘Further Away (Romance Police)’ and ‘In Sleep’ closed the main set, Lissie emoting on the former, “Does anyone, love anyone anymore” over Sullivan’s blazing guitar solo and a foot-stomping backbeat.
Lissie with backdrop
Ending on high note and after downing a tequila shot given up by the crowd, she finished with her cover of Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ which started sparsely but grew in sound with a revved up flourish.
Forget any comparisons and experience Lissie and her music for yourself—her honesty and no-frills approach to likeable (and yes, radio-friendly) songs will shine through, which is as much as any singer-songwriter can ask for.
Lissie at Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis (11/30/13)