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Q: What happens if you cross a veteran Austin rocker with the NC Triangle music scene?
A: Lisa R & The Lucky Stars and their new album “My Memories Are Made of Songs.”
As a musician in 1980s Austin, Lisa Rhodes was right in the thick of things. Gigs with Stevie Ray Vaughn at Austin’s famed Continental Club. Recording with The Neville Brothers and writing a song included on two of their CDs. The nationwide release of her first album, Shivers, a song from it on American Bandstand’s “Rate-a-Record.” Then Lisa left the industry for a successful career as a music scholar and an author (Electric Ladyland: Women in Rock Culture).
She marks her return to music with “My Memories Are Made of Song.” Both danceable and listenable, the album’s style is a mix of the music from her South Texas roots: Cosmic Country, Roadhouse Rock, Tejano, Tex-Czech Polkas and AM Pop. Although anchored by a traditional four-piece band, there’s also pedal steel, accordion, Hammond B-3 and cello, as well as banjo and mandola. The tunes showcase Lisa’s songwriting and singing, and range from mid-tempo numbers and two-steps, to love ballads and straight-ahead rockers, and even a Willie Nelson song.
The single, “Leaving Texas,” mixes elements of Classic Country, Alt-Rock and Pop into a toe tapping invitation to dance.
Now based out of Durham, NC, Lisa is backed by The Lucky Stars, a band full of Triangle standouts. Leslie Land on bass (founding member of Southern Culture on the Skids), Luis Rodriguez on lead guitar (Six String Drag) and George Hindenach on drums (Rebecca and the Hi-Tones).
“From Port Lavaca, Texas, but clearly she’s nobody’s good ol’ gal…demonstrating a sensuous sweaty grip.” People
“Tough but melodic…with a Texas accent…straightforward originals balanced with some smart covers.” Billboard Magazine