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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), Elana Scheiner (Mysti Mayhem), 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