Portland, OR based Lisa Mann has received the Cascade Blues Association's Muddy Waters Award for Vocalist of the Year, and was recently elevated to the CBA Hall of Fame with her third win in a row for Bass Player of the Year. Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band won the 2010 Journey to Memphis Finals at the Waterfront Blues Fest over the Fourth of July weekend. As the winners, they will be representing the Cascade Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in February of 2011.
Her influences run the gamut, from low down blues sisters Etta James and Koko Taylor, to singer-songwriters like Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow, to R&B belters like the late Little Milton. She writes the majority of her recorded material, and her songs paint pictures of a gritty history of personal experience in life, love and the not-always-pretty music business.
Lisa has shared the stage with many Northwest greats such as Paul DeLay, Duffy Bishop, Ellen Whyte and Sonny "Smokin'" Hess. She often lends her bass grooves and musical direction to the NW Women's Rhythm and Blues Revue, a very popular showcase at festivals such as Waterfront Blues and their annual Christmas show, which benefits cancer charities.
In the summer of 2009, Lisa's signature song "Little Sister" was chosen runner-up in the open category in Mike Pinder's Song Wars competition. Pinder, keyboardist of Moody Blues fame, wrote: "Lisa - Excellent storytelling and well crafted composition. Memorable hook and melody. Good dynamics and great energy. Nice arrangement and outstanding vocal performance. By the time I heard the middle eight, I was singing the hook, 'you never suffered…'. Solid songwriting! ~ Mike"
In 2007, Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band were flown to Austin, TX to perform at the Famecast competition finals, where she took second place in a national field of 162 bands.
Lisa's latest self-titled CD is available at cdbaby. It features her bluesiests songs from her first two eclectic CDs, Self Material and Chop Water, as well as two new tracks. Featured musicians include her musical 'partner in crime' Jeff Knudsen in the engineering role as well as on guitar, drummer Dave Melyan and keyboardist Alex Shakeri from the Insomniacs, the incomparable Janice Scroggins on keys as well, Jim Wallace on harmonica and many more.
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