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free music friday: lissie
November 20, 2009, 11:44 am
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‘Everywhere I Go’

Hailing from a blue-collar town perched on the muddy banks of Mississippi, Lissie seems born to be a beguiling singer-songwriter. She is in possession of the kind of wholesome, flaxen-hair-and-freckles good looks rife in troubadouresses, while her Myspace describes her as a “son-of-a-gun in a sundress”, and details nostalgic, sepia-tinted summers of “a thick humidity, fat with mosquitoes” like a lost Steinbeck novel. Thankfully, her style is equally matched, if not overtaken, by her substance. Armed with only an acoustic guitar, Lissie effortlessly crafts Americana-tinged blues in the same mud-streaked vein as early Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. ‘Everywhere I Go’ is lifted from her Fat Possum-released debut EP, Why Are You Runnin’, and seems worn and age-old. Lissie’s high, rising peal of a voice slowly raises the track from gritty blues to a kind of soaring, transcendent spirituality unmatched by anything in the folk scene today.

It’s undeniable that Lissie won’t remain any kind of a secret for long; her brand of folk has universal appeal, and will feel just as at home trickling out of coffee shop speakers as it would ringing from a church pulpit. And when the success does come Lissie’s way, there’ll be a difference. She’ll have earned it. MP3 after the jump.

Don’t miss Lissie playing live in London at the beginning of December!

02.12.09 Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
03.12.09 Lock Tavern, London
04.12.09 Wilmington Arms, London

FREE MP3: Lissie, ‘Everywhere I Go’ [via Spinner]

visit Lissie on Myspace


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