Following her stunning performance of 'Oh Mississippi' on Later with Jools Holland on Friday night, Lissie has announced details of her forthcoming single ‘When I’m Alone’ and her debut album ‘Catching A Tiger’, both of which are released on June 21st on Columbia Records.
They follow swiftly on from the massive acclaim received for her recent ‘In Sleep EP’, released last month, which also garnered exceptional response as iTunes single of the week and from last years US released ‘Why You Runnin’ EP on Fat Possum, which has already sold over 10,000 copies since it appeared stateside last Autumn.
It has been a whirlwind few months for this mesmerizing new artist from Rock Island, Illinois that has seen her triumphantly win over the SXSW festival with an unfathomable 10 shows in 3 days, championed by as broad a media spectrum as you could possibly imagine – from single of the week in The Sun, raved about by US gossip mogul Perez Hilton (who witnessed one of her Austin SXSW performances and swooned over her voice), praised by the likes of Q, Clash, The Fly, Sunday Times, Big Issue, Daily Mirror to name but a few, and spun across the nation’s airwaves.
Her recent sessions for Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank and Dermot O’Leary for radio 2 both showcasing the depth of quality of her voice, and giving listeners a glimpse into the captivating artist behind the songs. In a year dominated thus far by stylistic female artists – Lissie stands out notably from the crowd; there is nothing whipped or spun, styled or shaped about her, her performances are both refreshing and honest and individually unique.
Online she has picked up over a million plays on YouTube as fans have discovered her charms, alongside some spectacular cover versions, that began with her take on Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ for the Dermot session and has since taken in Lady Gaga along the way to rave response, showing the versatility and depth of that voice that and has also seen her pick up praise and support from a broad range of artists, from Courtney Love to Ellie Goulding. For further evidence of this fantastic talent, Lissie can be seen performing ‘Oh Mississippi’, taken from ‘Catching A Tiger’ on this week’s Later with Jools Holland (TX May 7th 2010)
Having now decamped to the UK from her home base in Ojai, California for the foreseeable future, Lissie continues to tread the boards across the nation‘s live venues. Having recently completed a series of dates as special guest to Joshua Radin, she continues her relentless program of touring with performances confirmed for The Great Escape festival in Brighton, appearances at the influential Blue Flowers & Chess Club records nights in London this month, shows alongside Local Natives, City & Colour and Kassidy, and has already confirmed festival appearances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Latitude, Dot To Dot, Evolution, Summer Sundae, Secret Garden Party with more dates and festivals to be announced over the coming weeks.
Recorded in Nashville late last year with Jacquire King (Kings of Leon) & additional songs with Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses), ‘Catching A Tiger’ is packed full of surprises. For starters there is a voice that crackles with the influence of the blues as much as it does with say folk music, and a range and delivery that could put most rock singers to shame. Then more importantly there are the songs; where wonderfully brooding & emotionally charged stories mix with a magical warmth that feels as at home blasting out of a radio today as it does driving across the desert with the wind in your hair.
Lissie UK Tour Dates 2010:
15 May Pavillion Theatre, Brighton (The Great Escape Festival) onstage
16 May George IV, Chiswick (Blue Flowers night w/ Sleighbells) http://www.blueflowersmusic.co.uk Entry £8, payment on the door
18 May Old Queen’s Head, Islington (Chess Club Records night) http://www.chessclubrecords.co.uk Entry £8, payment on the door
26 May Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh (w/ Kassidy)
28 May Oran Mor, Glasgow (w/ Kassidy)
29 May Dot to Dot Festival Bristol
30 May Dot to Dot Festival Nottingham
31 May Dot to Dot Festival Manchester
31 May Evolution Festival Newcastle
14 June HMV Forum, London (w/ City and Colour)
15 June Shepherds Bush Empire, London (w/ Local Natives)
25 Jun Glastonbury Festival - Park Stage
26 Jun Glastonbury Festival - Queen’s Head Stage
16 Jul Latitude Festival
25 Jul Secret Garden Party, Cambridge
29 Jul Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge
13 Aug Summer Sundae Weekender De Montfort Hall and Gardens, Leicester
9 Sept Bestival, Isle Of Wight