Friday, July 8, 2011

Get to Know: Lissie

Lissie is a folk rock artist taking the musical scene by storm. Her debut album "Catching a Tiger" came out in 2010, the same year she was named Paste Magazine's Best New Solo Artist. Lissie also appears in our "We the People" video series singing her song "Little Lovin'." Watch the video after the interview, and if you like what you hear, check out Lissie on Facebook.

Who are your musical inspirations?
Lissie: There was never one ultimate inspiration. Growing up it ranged from musical theatre to Metallica to Fiona Apple to Outkast to Dixie Chicks! I pick up a little perspective from all types of artists. Currently I like Laura Marling, Dire Straits and Womack & Womack!

What's the one item of clothing that you can’t live without?
Lissie: A comfortable, versatile and flattering pair of blue jeans!

Tell us a little bit about filming on location with AE in Nashville.
Lissie: It was a total pleasure and complete blast! I love Nashville! We filmed at The Basement, which is a somewhat famous music club under Grimey's record shop. Everyone was friendly and in good spirits. My band and I were happy to be involved!

What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?
Lissie: Get to know yourself and figure out what you believe in, then stick to it. If you work hard, believe, and create from emotion, you can't go wrong!

What is your current favorite, must-listen-to song on your iPod?
Lissie: "Walk Of Life" by Dire Straits

We know your touring schedule is crazy. What’s life on the road like?
Lissie: Busy! Constant motion! Fun and exciting! It's inspiring to see that people are excited about my music and watching the crowds grow is gratifying. It's tiring, but thrilling!

Lissie's debut album "Catching a Tiger" is available on iTunes.

Photo credit: Valerie Phillips