show recap: lissie plays the mercury lounge
    • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009

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    Photography by David Pitz. Check out more photos from this show and others HERE.

    Lissie Maurus - you can simply address her by her first name - hails from a place where the dirt between your toes is probably a good thing. It builds character after all, symbolizes hard work, diligence, and the right kind of outlook in life. Rock Island IL; a tiny outcrop on the edge of the state, sharing a border with the mighty Mississippi. And though the sandy haired singer now calls the mountains of Ojai California home (appropriate, actually), the music of her Fat Possum debut Why You Runnin' channels a born and raised kind of mid-west mystique as it channels through it's 5 tracks. More on that next week.

    In celebration of the release, Lissie graced our fair city with a live, NYC debut earlier this week, bringing Why You Runnin' to an enthusiastic gathering at the Mercury Lounge. Decked in brown boots laced half way to the knee, a crisp pair of dark blue skinnies, a silky flower print blouse, and a pair of Jr. high kiddy glasses (she would eventually lose them), Lissie, along with guitarist Eric and drummer/bassist Lewis (yeah, we missed their last names...sorry boys), churned out an impressive set that made us want to hitch a ride straight out of town with this impressive trio. In the months to come, long sheets of highway chasing off into the horizon will no doubt carry them somewhere special.

    Stay tuned to Baeble for a full review of Why You Runnin' next week, and an intimate Guest Apartment session to air in the weeks to come. If you can't wait that long, check out Lissie on tour at any of the shows below. - David Pitz

    Lissie on Tour

    Nov 11 - Daytrotter Presents - Huckleberry's - Rock Island, Illinois
    Nov 12 - The Auditorim Theater - Chicago, Illinois*
    Nov 13 - State Theatre - Minneapolis, Minnesota*
    Nov 15 - Nob Hill Masonic Center - San Francisco, California*
    Nov 17 - LEllie Caulkin Opera House - Denver, Colorado*
    Nov 18 - Ellie Caulkin Opera House - Denver, Colorado*
    Nov 20 - Orpheum - Los Angeles, California*
    Nov 21 - Orpheum - Los Angeles, California*
    Nov 22 - Orpheum - Los Angeles, California*
    Nov 24 - KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic - Santa Monica, California
    Nov 24 - Bootleg Theater - Los Angeles, California
    Nov 27 - Slowdown Jr. - Omaha, Nebraska**
    Nov 28 - Mojo's - Columbia, Missouri**
    Dec 2 - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen - London
    Dec 3 - Lock Tavern - London
    Dec 4 - Wilmington Arms - London
    Feb 21 - Cayamo 2010: A Journey Through Song - Miami, Florida
    *w/ Ray LaMontagne
    **w/ AA Bondy

    Lissie Visits the Guest Apartment

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    MP3: Lissie:: "Little Lovin'" - from Why You Runnin'
    PICTURES: Lissie at Mercury Lounge/Guest Apartment
    Lissie on Myspace

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