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Lissie: WXPN's September 2010 Artist to Watch

Singer-songwriter Lissie (Maurus), who was born and raised in the heart of Illinois right beside the Mississippi River, is readily known for her soulful, blues infused Americana tunes.

The nature loving, solitude-seeking midwesterner began writing music in high school after picking up the guitar and quickly began performing in various coffee shops and open mics. Incredibly her talents spread as far as France after playing regular gigs in Paris. She's toured with names like Lenny Kravitz, Ray LaMontagne, and Joshua Radin.

Now residing in California, Lissie has been pouring every ounce of love into her musical productions. Her EP Why You Runnin' was produced by friend Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses bassist), and introduced listeners to Lissie's ability to paint painstaking emotion, reflection and maturity. Her full-length debut, Catching a Tiger, is no different.

Though she shifts between upbeat spirited tunes to soft-spoken country, fringes of '60s soul and subtle pop smarts, her characteristically sweet and rustic billowing seamlessly threads each track together. Catching a Tiger is strong, bluesy, and sensual. Perhaps BBC Music reviewer Mike Diver said it best--"[Lissie] sounds like one of the greatest female vocalists of a generation, arguably without even really trying."

Be sure to catch Lissie at Johnny Brenda's on Thursday, Oct 21, 2010

Read the Reviews on
Some Velvet Blog
State Magazine, Ireland's Music Payload
World Cafe: Next Check out Lissie on World Cafe: Next from last November. Hear Lissie’s World Cafe session from this past January.


Recent Release: Catching a Tiger
Release Date: August 18, 2010
Label: Fat Possum Records
Hometown: Rock Island, Illinois

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