SWAMP SONG (FREE DOWNLOAD)

Happy Pride Month!

Please enjoy a FREE Download of Swamp Song! 

Inspired by the funky blues of early Tina Turner and Southern Soul it is a song from personal experience. "Got my voice gonna raise it up.." 

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Wanting more? Soul De Femme EP is a lovely follow up. Yep.com calls it "..songs of protest and freedom with such a perfect and even sophisticated musical accompaniment."

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Lisa Marshall is an American Retro Sweet Soul, Folk-funk Singer/songwriter, recording artist and producer. 

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Simple

Lisa Marshall

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Simple is the first album I did completely on my own. I recorded the entire album on GarageBand. There are no physical copies left of this EP. Pay what you want to download. Look for vinyl on this one coming soon! I experimented picking up different instruments, microphones, etc. (ie: The song Simple is 1 dynamic mic stuck in the middle of the drum set, & yes that's me playing them) I had wonderful musicians and friends step in on some of the songs. Eric Manegold plays drums on Bring Yourself Back, and Sooner or Later. Kevin Fallon plays Lead Guitar solo's on Simple and High On Her Perch. Scotty X plays Bass on Swamp Song & Bring Yourself Back. Here's some of the write ups it received: SEATTLE SOUND MAGAZINE Dec. ‘08 " Lisa Marshall's first solo album carries a heavy debt to the Motown era; backup singers croon to Marshall's soaring vocals, while tambourines and bass riffs stroke and jingle each piece to perfection. Like late Tina Turner, the swinging melody dips and soars with lyrics about defeat and triumph, and defeat again. It's the contrast of it all that gets you. Like the groove that underpins lines like "What makes a heart break so slow?" Or Marshall's surprising compositions; her voice belts and soars through the building lyrics then dips to a restrained contralto for climatic lines, like "I am so, so, so,..lost," which gets more deliciously guttural with each "so." Hints of reverb in the production space add a subtle, creepy effect to the gospel tunes. It could almost be too crafted, but with Marshall's spellbinding voice pulling at the tempo, the album feels so organic that you can't imagine it any other way. - Rachel Dovey Standout Tracks: "Swamp Song", "Bring Yourself Back" “Lisa Marshall is absolutely one of the most gifted R&B and Soul singers, an excellent musician and Songwriter..”- Adolf ‘gorhand’ Goriup- Folkworld, Germany

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Lisa Marshall— Soul De Femme, 2019 

★★★★★ 

Lisa Marshall from Texas stuffs her retro-soul-folk-funk blues with the surprisingly witty feminist texts. We wish we heard more songs of protest and freedom with such a perfect and even sophisticated musical accompaniment.-Yep Magazine

Lisa is keeping the women of soul/R&B/Blues alive and well in this modern age with her covers, and more so in her own original work. Having seen her multiple times around Austin when I'm on work gigs in the area, and ALL of her music on my playlists - she's a multiple daily dose of funky love and feeling. If you haven't seen her play the "Blonde" in a live setting, you need to fly to Austin when she is playing, such a GIANT voice in such a tiny body.-Allen Erickson, Fan

Favorite track: High ON Her Perch.

The genre is properly named...reaches in touches the heart and grabs the soul! - Clint Hancock, Fan

 As long as I have your music, everything is great. J  You lift me up on many a Saturday when I am at work hating my life. Lol!  I just plug in your tunes and I am in another dimension. - Paula Lobb, Fan

Soul De Femme  

Happy Women's Herstory Month! 
To celebrate I put together a digital EP of original songs called 'Soul De Femme'! 

Soul De femme is a collection of songs I have written about and for women inspired by socially conscious Soul music of the 60's and 70's. 

When I was playing in my band in Los Angeles during the early 90's, it was often said by music promoters not to have more than one female act on a bill because the show would not sell. We were responded to by radio often telling us they had their "quota" of female artists already. 
Along comes Lilith Fair and outsells ALL of the other festivals and it's all female fronted musical acts! It upset a lot of people. It was dubbed in the press "Dyke Fest", "Lesbian Fest". Rolling Stone magazine used "estrogen-fest" and "femanizis" to describe the crowd! (Plenty of men were going too) This is not about me being personally insulted but is about a mentality that still persists today that perpetuates an idea that it is ok to think of others as somehow less than and therefore fair game to insult and exclude, deny equalities, or worst, toward such individuals, is acceptable. It is not. 

It was a defining moment for me. It was one of many things that gave me the inspiration to write these songs. If you head over to the EP link, you will be able to read full backstories on each song. 
http://lisamarshall.bandcamp.com/album/soul-de-femme 
In the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg- “I ask no favor for my sex; all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”

Behind the song: 
"Don't Give Up" is the first song I recorded with my first band when I first moved to Austin. The band was Mary Harsh on Bass, Russ Scanlon on Guitar and Johnny Radelat on Drums. We recorded it at Parrot Tracks Studio in Buda, TX. 
We multi-tracked the song meaning we were all in the same room being recorded all at once. We had not been playing together very long but possessed real soulful chemistry as a group. We did not use a click track (a meter that clicks and is played through headphones usually worn by the drummer). I'm not a fan of click tracks. I like a song to naturally push and pull, like breathing. You can hear a great example of this on 'Lady Marmalade' the original recording by LABELLE. I love that song!! 
We watched each other for dynamics and builds. It was such a magical experience! 
I recorded the lead vocals after we got the band recorded. You can't really use vocals when you're the guitar player too. You can hear the guitar strings being played. 
Later the Chardonnays came in and did their delicious harmonies ;) 
I mixed it on Garageband and you're hearing the result. 

I hope you will enjoy the download. Please feel free to share it with your friends and family or even strangers who might need to hear it! 

I appreciate you being here! and as always welcome your feedback, comments, and questions!

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Stay Right Here

Lisa Marshall

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Stay Right Here is a collection of songs inspired by Stax, Atlantic Records of the 60s and 70s. Use of string arrangements, three part harmony call and answer vocals ala The Sweet Inspirations, Wurlitzer and guitar licks weave the seam of the music. ] ‘Stay Right Here’ boasts Eric Johnson’s engineer, Kelly Donnelly behind the board on lead vocals, mixing and mastering. Johnny Radelat of Gary Clark Jr. appears on drums on the CD except for tracks 5 & 8. Nick Connolly of Delbert McClinton adds Wurlitzer and piano on tracks 1, 3, and 5. The making of this album hit some bumps in the road after many losses of loved ones and band mates. Many people contributed, and donated their time to make it happen. Thank you for your patience and encouragement! Sweet Thang thank you for your continuous enthusiasm, love and support! LeAnn Mueller thank you so much for your generosity and Ali Clem! Thank you good friends who threw dinners, and backyard parties and all who attended! Guest artist include Johnny Radelat on drums of Gary Clark Jr. (except tracks 5 & 8) John Duran on drums tracks 5 & 8 Nick Connolly of Delbert McClinton on Wurly and piano (on tracks 1,3 &5) Nate Bassinger on Organ and Wurlitzer Lead vocals, mixed and mastered by: Kelly Donnelly (Eric Johnson's lead engineer), Studio Plush. Austin, TX.

With much love!! Lisa credits released 15 October 2012 All songs and lyrics written by: Lisa Marshall Track 4 arranged by L. Marshall, R. Scanlon, M. Harsh, J. Radelat Lisa Marshall- Lead Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Keys, Percussion, Strings and Horns arrangements, backing vocal arrangement. Mary Harsh- Bass Russell Scanlon- Electric guitar (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8) Johnny Radelat- Drums (except 5, 8) John Duran- Drums (track, 5, 8) Scrappy Jud Newcomb- Lead guitar (track 6) Nathan Basinger- Wurlitzer (tracks 3, 7) B3 (tracks 3, 4, 8) Joe Morales- Horns (track 3) Nick Connolly- Wurlitzer (track 1, 5 ) Piano (track 3) Mark Kazanoff- Horns (track 5) Champagne Holiday- Backing Vocals Florance May Cabernet- Backing Vocals Beri Merlot- Backing Vocals J. Stan- Backing Vocals Lead vocals, mixed and mastered by: Kelly Donnelly, Studio Plush. Austin, TX. tags

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    The Best Is Yet To Come

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