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by Lisa Phenix

Drawing on musical influences ranging from Kate Wolf to Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin to Ella Fitzgerald, Lisa is redefining women's rhythm and blues.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lazy Daisy May
3:31 $0.99
2. Chocolate=Love
2:26 $0.99
3. Losin' Your Good Woman Blues
4:43 $0.99
4. Good Man
4:50 $0.99
5. Good Lovin' Baby
2:46 $0.99
6. Bad Blues
3:34 $0.99
7. Silly Little Mama
3:27 $0.99
8. Peace of Mind
4:38 $0.99
9. Irie's Song
5:55 $0.99
10. Patience
5:47 $0.99
11. Cockadoodle Doo
4:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
Playing her unique style of what she calls homegrown roots music, Lisa Phenix and her band are what good times are all about. With musical influences ranging from folk and blues to jazz, this young lady is redefining women's rhythm and blues.

Cuts from Lisa's latest CD, "Homegrown", have received warm reception and airplay throughout Northern California, including KPFA and KVMR. It has also been heard in Alaska and the Netherlands.

"Lisa Phenix's debut CD, Homegrown,
... its so extraordinary that it warrants attention."
 Tom Coulson, BluesBytes

"one of Sacramento's finest singer-songwriters."
 Steve Cagle, KVMR

"HOMEGROWN will have the adults tapping their feet, the toddlers bobbing their knees and your parents cutting a rug at the next family picnic."
 Becca Costello, SNR



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Steve Cagle, KVMR Listener Guide

carved out a niche as one of Sacramento’s finest singer-songwriters
KVMR FM Nevada City CA
LISTENERS’ GUIDE – December 2004/January 2005 – RECORD REVIEWS

Lisa Phenix - Homegrown

Several years ago, Lisa dropped out of the corporate rat race to raise her kids and in the meantime carved out a niche as one of Sacramento’s finest singer-songwriters. On her debut, she demonstrates the many styles that have captured her audiences on the local music scene. “Lazy Daisy May,” “Chocolate Love” and “Cockadoodle Do” have mildly suggestive lyrics set to whimsical, childlike melodies. There is clearly a Grateful Dead influence in the rhythm guitar tones and style, punctuated by some snaky, Jerry-like guitar runs, most notably on “Irie’s Song” and the dreamy “Losin’ Your Good Woman Blues.” Lisa adds country flavor on “Good Man,” “Good Lovin’ Baby” and “Silly Little Mama,” and straight-ahead blues rock on “Bad Blues.” She brings down the energy level with the thoughtful ballads “Peace of Mind” and “Patience.” This eclectic mix is held together seamlessly by Lisa’s pleasing vocals.

Sacramento News & Review

This is bluesy rock in the style of Bonnie Raitt
Lisa Phenix’s first CD joins the prolific output of Sacramento’s Americana scene. This is bluesy rock in the style of Bonnie Raitt or, locally, Holly Holt. Phenix’s tone is more upbeat than either of those ladies, though. Even on songs like “Losin’ Your Good Woman Blues,” the closest Phenix gets to pathos is a melodic psychedelia reminiscent of Mazzy Star. Other songs, like “Silly Little Mama” and “Lazy Daisy May,” burst with enthusiasm to the point of goofiness. With plenty of guitar solos and lyrical themes like searching for a good man and loving chocolate, this music isn’t taking chances. But some occasions don’t warrant experimentation. Homegrown will have the adults tapping their feet, the toddlers bobbing their knees and your parents cutting a rug at the next family picnic.

-Becca Costello

Tom Coulson

I just wish we had about 12 more tunes for this disc!
Lisa Phenix’s debut CD, Homegrown, sounds anything but in production value, but it may describe her music in a way. She clarifies it as “homegrown mating music.” This is not a blues disc but Ms. Lisa (aka Silly Little Mama) sent Blues Bytes this release for review from her hometown Sacramento, and it’s so extraordinary that it warrants attention. I’m not an expert in the “Americana” category of music, but that’s what another reviewer called it. I have to trust in Lisa’s own bio notes that it’s a mixture of folk, rhythm and blues, jazz and Grateful Dead. Personally I’d omit the “rhythm and blues” description and replace it with “country/western,” as in Hank Williams. She might be called a singer/songwriter/guitarist, and it would be in the acoustic lyrical sense. She wrote everything on the disc. The first exceptional attribute of the CD from note one is the recorded sound quality. Producers Lisa Phenix, Scott Reams and Michael Roe know their stuff. The next high mark is in her band musicianship. Twin guitars, occasional keys, rhythm section with mandolin and percussion round the sound. Electricity is mixed in and After the production and musicians I’d say Lisa’s voice jumps out next. It’s clear and pure, mid-high in range, and I can’t think of who she sounds like. She names Bonnie Raitt, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha as influences but in no way is she them. Maybe ‘70s Joni Mitchell would be closer and I’m still way off the mark. Allison Kraus? Gwen Stefani without the grit? I give up. Photo graphics are artistic but not the central character of the album. “Lazy Daisy May” starts off subtly introducing the sound and the voice, while “Chocolate Love” has good chord structure. “Losin’ Your Good Woman Blues” is blues in name only, and here is where things get so simply interesting. The electric guitar solo is played partially backwards, as in the tape reel recording in reverse. Reminds me of an old Beatles trick. How do they do that digitally these days? “Good Man” is satisfying rockin’ in medium tempo, electric guitar solo outstanding. By “Good Lovin’ Baby” you’ve got super country crossover potential, even though that’s not what “Americana” is about. “Bad Blues” is not actually blues; the group Southern Culture On The Skids comes to mind. “Silly Little Mama” might be Hank Sr. trans-sexed doing rockabilly. “Peace of Mind” conjures up plaintive Emmylou Harris, and “Irie’s Song” is plain old album rock at its finest, Lisa’s gem-cut, honey-dripping voice like an eagle in flight. “Patience” is an oft-told prose of words featuring Sacramento group Mumbo Gumbo’s accordionist Steve Stizzo sitting in. “Cockadoodle Do” wraps the project, a two-beat blues with tremelo guitar. The only advice I’d have for Silly Little Mama, if she wants more attention drawn to her top-caliber voice, is to record the next album with crappy audio and use lesser-talented musicians.

gary hegoas

Love the new cd, cant wait for the next one
I love this cd, Lisa`s singing can really touch on one`s feelings, her band is hot, and a couple of songs really rock, the music moves you.