Friday, November 09, 2012

Another Musical Interlude – Lisa Miller at Basement Discs


What a pleasure it was to see Lisa Miller performing live and close up again. Lisa was launching her new CD Meet The Misses at Basement Discs at lunchtime today, playing a mini concert to an appreciative crowd.

It was great to hear once more such great songs as Safe As Houses, Versions Of You, Hang My Head and Trade among others.

Lisa was accompanied today by ace guitarist Shane O’Mara with Ashley Davies on drums. Lisa played an acoustic guitar. But she hardly needs any accompaniment having one of the best voices in the country, or even the world. Aptly described as “blue eyed and broken hearted” it is the sort of voice that never cloys, is expressive and bitter sweet.

She can do slow burners and rockers, and demonstrated both styles today to great effect.

Meet The Misses is in fact a reprise of songs from her first two records, Quiet Girl With A Credit Card and As Far As Life Goes, to which two recordings she has lost the rights.  So if you have never heard either of those earlier albums, Meet The Misses is well worth acquiring for the great songs and THAT voice.

Speaking of great voices, I am really looking forward to seeing the silver tongued Emmylou Harris live in concert tomorrow night at The Palais in St Kilda.  I have seen her twice before, though not for a long time and she was totally wonderful both times. I’ve got good seats in Row D so hopefully I can snap a sly photo or two.

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