Nomination - February 2, 2014
Lisa Biales' Belle of the Blues NOMINATED for 2014 Blues Blast Music Award - Best Acoustic Blues Album
Lisa Biales' Belle of the Blues NOMINATED for 2014 Blues Blast Music Award - Best Acoustic Blues Album
Lisa's April 2013 release "Singing In My Soul" has a long tail.
Charting on the Roots Music Report from #32 to #10 along with today's top Blues and Roots artists like Guy Davis, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, David Bromberg, Candye Kane, Debbie Davies and more. Released on her own Big Song Music Label, here's what Michael Tearson has to say in his review for SING OUT!
It is simple: for a really good time slap on a Lisa Biales CD! The Ohio blues chanteuse’s second album is pure fun end to end. She offers 10 songs, mostly vintage gems. Mississippi John Hurt’s “Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me” is a sweet one and Lisa clearly relishes singing it. There are two Sister Rosetta Tharpe songs in “Strange Things Are Happening Every Day” and the closer “Singing In My Soul.” Sippie Wallace’s “Woman Be Wise” is a perfect fit for the sassy Ms. Biales. W.C. Handy’s “Careless Love” dating to the earliest days of the blues received a delicious take here. The Tin Pan Alley standard “I Only Have Eyes for You” lets Lisa amp down for a smoky, sexy take. “Waiting for the Train to Come In” is an aching, swaying piece. “Write Me in Care of the Blues” has a 50s rock & roll feel and feels right doing that. Lisa’s own “Magic Garden” is a funny, sexy ode to growing things.
Sturdy, inventive support comes from the Parisian trio of upright bassist Thibaut Chopen, guitarist Anthony Stelmaszac and drummer Simon “Shuffle” Boyer able abetted by pianist/producer Ricky Nye. Doug Hamilton’s violin notably brightens 2. There’s sweet playing all the way through with just enough swing to make it all flow.
Face it, there’s no deep thinking here. What Singing in My Soul is about is the fun of the doing. Lisa Biales sings from the heart and clearly deeply loves what she does. And she does it quite well indeed. Singing will brighten your day any time you play it.
– Michael Tearson
Lisa Biales has a new recording out on Big Song Music, Singing In My Soul. The Ohio based singer, songwriter and guitarist is backed Cincinnati-based pianist Ricky Nye (who also produced the album) and the Paris Blues Band who includes Thibaut Chopin on upright bass, Anthony Stelmaszack on guitar and Simon “Shuffle” Boyer on drums.
This is a change in pace for her as nine of the ten songs on this are interpretations of vintage material in contrast to her originals. Biales interprets songs associated with Blu Lu Barker, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sippie Wallace and others. Opening is her straight cover of Barker’s peppy A Little Bird Told Me, followed by her rendition of Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s Strange Things Happening Every Day, likely the most familiar song here.
Biales roots includes country as well as blues as indicated by the lovely bluegrass-infused rendition of Mississippi John Hurt’s Let the Mermaid’s Flirt With Me, with fiddle and mandolin in the backing. Hey country-based singing also lends a nice flavor to Sippie Wallace’s bawdy You Got To Know How. Magic Garden is the only original here and her honey-sounding performance benefits from Doug Hamilton’s violin and Bill Littleford’s guitar. A lovely reading of Careless Love is followed by an evocative I Only Have Eyes For You (modeled on The Flamingo’s hit) with Nye and Stelmaszack playing tastefully behind her. Biales has played Patsy Cline onstage and Write Me In Care of the Blues, was a song she uncovered researching the part, and she certainly does wonderfully on this traditional country gem. The recording closes with the title track, another Sister Rosetta Tharpe composition, that Lisa and the band provide a crisp reading.
Lisa Biales is an appealing singer who brings a mix of roots influences to Singing In My Soul, a delightful, if not earthshaking recording of old school country, swing and blues.
- Ron Weinstock
Lisa Biales makes a guest appearance on Michael Johnathon's WoodSong's Old Time Radio Hour along with Chicago Blues Legend Lurrie Bell for "Blues Night" on WoodSong's Old Time Radio Hour. To Listen to the show (#667), turn off the Radio Player at the Top of this page. Then click HERE!
Watch Lisa Biales on Michael Johnathon's WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour HERE
In January of 2012, Lisa traveled to Macon, Georgia. The home of southern rock, good home cooking, and Paul Hornsby's Muscadine Recording Studio to record her new album with producer EG Kight, the Georgia Songbird.
EG Kight brought in her favorite musicians for this album and we got 14 songs recorded. Three original tunes from Biales, one co-write with Kight, and three EG Kight tunes as well. "I love singing EG's songs, and could do a whole album of her music." The album was recorded at Paul Hornsby's Muscadine Studio, which happens to have gold and platinum albums hanging on the walls. Southern rock guitarist Tommy Talton played acoustic, electric and slide guitars. Bill Stewart played drums, and Marshall Coats played acoustic and electric bass and piano. Paul Hornsby did back-up vocals, piano and Hammond B3 organ.
The players (left to right) Paul Hornsby, co-producer, engineer; Tommy Talton, guitars; Lisa Biales, vocals and guitar; Marshall Coats, acoustic and electric bass; and Bill Stewart, drums.
We gathered around the mixing board and figured out each tune and when we all agreed on a feel, someone would say "That's it!" and we would all rush into the studio and cut the song. It was inspiring, the energy was pure happiness.
Lisa getting ready to cut vocals for her new album.
Lisa and producer EG in the studio working on a song.
The two Songbirds did a duet on the album. "It's one of my favorite songs, I love singing with EG!" The album has an Americana ~ Blues flair with songs from Odetta, Ma Rainey, Memphis Minnie, Tommy Talton, Candye Kane, EG Kight, Lisa Biales, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, and The Delmore Brothers.
Francis Ford Copppola's new film "TWIXT" features Lisa Biales as the character Ruth - who also happens to sing. You will find Lisa in the movie trailer peeking through the window at about the 2:59 mark.
Performing songwriter Lisa Biales traveled to Napa Valley in November to make her film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's new movie, "TWIXT," a thriller which is scheduled to hit the theaters in October of 2011. The cast includes Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, Joanne Whalley, Ben Chaplin, Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci), David Paymer, Alden Erenreich (who was in Coppola’s TETRO), Anthony Fusco, and Bruce Miroglio.
Coppola describes TWIXT as having “the imagery of Hawthorne or Poe.” The project grew out of a nightmare the filmmaker had last year. “As I was having it, I realized perhaps it was a gift, as I could make it as a story, perhaps a scary film, I thought even as I was dreaming,” he remarks. “But then some loud noise outside woke me up, and I wanted to go back to the dream and get an ending. But I couldn’t fall back asleep so I recorded what I remembered right there and then on my phone. I realized that it was a Gothic romance setting, so in fact I’d be able to do it all around my home base, rather than have to go to a distant country.”
"I loved the script the first time I read it," remarked Biales. "After the filming was over and I had a chance to study Coppola's films, I realized that music, singing and dancing were a common thread among them." Rumor has it, Biales, who has a beautiful voice, charm and style all her own, has a speaking and singing part in the film.
"I got a call from Adriana Rotaru (Coppola's Assistant) on a Monday night. She connected me to Francis and Anahid Nazarian (Executive Producer) in a conference call. Francis told me about the film and we did a little role playing over the phone. It was surrealistic, I was trying to stay focused and not think stupid stuff like OMG!, it's FFC! I could hear a smile and an exuberance in his voice and that made me comfortable. When he was done telling me about the film he said, "Well, does this sound like something you'd like to do?" "YES!" Biales was on a plane at 9:00 the next morning and the rest, as they say, is history . . . or shall I say, her-story.
Some folks are saying that because this film is independently produced, it will be one of Coppola's best. But don't take our word for it, look for "TWIXT" in 2012 and find out for yourself.
On the set, in between takes. Visible in the chair behind her is Lisa's little "Shooting Star Parlor Guitar." Coppola in the foreground with Assistant Director, Anahid Nazarian in purple beret.
Lisa Biales (Ruth) with Val Kilmer (Hall Baltimore) on the set of Francis Ford Coppola's TWIXT.
Scene partners, Lisa Biales, Val Kilmer, Don Novello, (aka Father Guido Sarducci), one funny guy!
With Francis Ford Coppola on the set of TWIXT. Francis taught me the song "Big Rock Candy Mountain."
TWIXT was well received at the Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF!
A face familiar to local blues and folk music fans will hit the big screen in a film by one of the nation’s most well-known directors.
Oxford-based Lisa Biales will makes her film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s “TWIXT.”
Biales talked about the film while preforming with violinist Doug Hamilton Saturday at the “Wine, Women and Song” gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of Dayton’s Human Race Theatre.
She is the cousin of Kevin Moore, the theatre’s producing artistic director.
A Fairfield High School grad, Biales has made six solo albums, including her latest “Closet Hippie.”
The former administration worker at Ohio University has a speaking role and sings in the film staring Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning and Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci). She called it a vampire movie.
Biales said she met Coppola at Duke University. He hugged her and contacted her more than nine months later about the movie. She said they did a little role play over the phone.
Coppola told the New York Times the film with “gothic romance/horror subject matter” grew out of a nightmare he had.
“But as I was having it I realized perhaps it was a gift, as I could make it as a story, perhaps a scary film, I thought even as I was dreaming.,” Coppola said of the flim set to hit theaters in October.
Coppola’s other films include “The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now” and “The Outsiders.”
by Amelia Robinson (Seen and Overheard) for the Dayton Daily News
The Lisa Biales Trio performed as part of the Oxford Community Arts Center's (OCAC) Family Performance Series and Fine Arts Fund's Sampler Weekend sponsored by Macy's.
"Every time she performs she does a bang-up job, and every year it gets better," said Caroline Croswell, executive director of OCAC. "Lisa is a wonderful artist and musician," Croswell said and she sought out Biales for the hour-long concert because her music is so diverse. "We will have a multi-generational crowd and Lisa's music and personality is always perfect ," said Croswell.
Joined by fiddler Doug Hamilton of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Wildwater Band along with 2008 Cincinnati Conservatory of Music graduate Michael G. Ronstadt on cello.
"The whole show was a great story set to music." ~ Gilda Moore, Concert goer
Lisa Biales is an Ohio Arts Council Fee Supported Artist.
"Lisa Biales is becoming the area's most prolific songwriters, and when she covers a tune she makes it all her own." Katie Wedell
"I just want everyone to hear Lisa's voice, and no one is more engaging." - Tina Salamone, Burlington Capitol Theater
This January, Lisa Biales performed her endearing “Yellow Shoes” at “Barrow Street Fortnight,” a two week festival celebrating the very best in spoken word, music, short plays, sketch comedy, and other genres. More than 30 shows played over 12 days at the Barrow Street Theatre, a 200-seater that I operate in New York ’s West Village . We scheduled Yellow Shoes at 11am on the first Saturday and Sunday as our only real family or kid’s show, and audience reaction, including my own, was both overwhelming and enlightening. I say enlightening because, having never presented family entertainment, I learned a couple of very valuable lessons. Perhaps most interesting was the fact that I learned that the show needn’t be pegged solely as a kid’s show, primarily because Lisa’s musical vocabulary and talent are exceptional and varied enough to entertain any age group; and though some of her show was tailored specifically to the younger members of our audience, I sensed – and later found it to be true – that she can adapt as she goes, and to me that translates into a show for any time of day and any type of audience. Revelations aside, the show that I attended mixed music, with storytelling, sing-alongs, and other participatory moments, that converged into a really lovely 60 minutes for all involved. We invited Lisa to return to New York this spring to develop our relationship with her as performing artist, and to further our new-found commitment to family-oriented programming. Lisa displayed an incredible range of material that was gentle and accessible, surprisingly mature yet never condescending. As a producer of so-called serious dramatic works, and having no kids of my own, I can happily report that I did play the kazoo, I did singalong (when asked), and I had fun. I was also beyond charmed when a few of the youngsters joined her on stage – one of whom proved that she could, indeed, play the harmonica and perform an entire song (as duo) without prior experience. She then bowed, nervously. (And returned after the show to pose onstage with Lisa, for a photo opp -- a keepsake that is, no doubt, destined for the refrigerator, and perhaps one day for a photo album or diary.) As an aside, I ran out for a moment because there was a construction crew rambling around in the lobby, and I went to find out what the commotion was about. As it turns out, they heard Lisa singing and were trying to figure out a way to sneak a peek…and so, I grabbed them and led them to my secret re-entry up in the mezzanine, and there they sat, transfixed with me, for the last 25 minutes of the show. It was one of the great moments of our fortnight, and, along with what is mentioned above, should demonstrate why there is little wonder that Lisa will join us in New York this season. Sincerely yours, Scott Morfee