Elisabeth “Lissie” Maurus is a modern day country/folk rock singer song writer. She was born in Rock Island, Illinois, and her sound is real (see Nashville for endless examples of not so real modern american folk). I couldn’t figure out where I had heard of Rock Island, until it hit me that’s where the Blues Brothers were raised. They were on a mission from God to save the Rock Island city orphanage. Sorry for that Tangent, but I spent half an hour trying to figure out why that sounded familiar and had to share. — Lissie left Illinois for California in ’04, where she befriended Bill Reynold’s of Band of Horses. The two began playing / recording together and eventually produced her debut E.P. Wedding Bells.
Lissie and Bill Reynolds – Wedding Bells
From there it’s been good times for the girl from Rock Island. Paste magazine thought Lissie was the best new solo artist for 2010. I think she’s pretty damn cool.
When I’m Alone
Everywhere I Go (London Tour)