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Lissa Hattersley is from Canandaigua, N.Y.. She's spent most of her life in Austin, Texas and New York City. When she got to Austin in the early 70s, Lissa, her brother Cleve and wondrous violinist Sweet Mary (and a revolving cast) formed a band called Greezy Wheels. In those days, Austin was already distinguished as one of the nation's counter-cultural centers. Lissa was vocalist and mandolinist in what was, essentially, the Armadillo House Band.
The Armadillo became a parking lot, Greezy Wheels quit turning for a time, and Lissa moved back to NYC., where she lived, played, and worked, and as usual attracted top players to her side for her always too-few gigs. Lissa is that kind of musician: players want to play with her, not because it's steady or cush or remunerative, but because she's a player, too.
In the early 90s Lissa came back to Austin and the Greezy Wheels returned, that same family core intact, but with a whole new cast, including me this time, in the honored bass chair, backing up Lissa's fantastic singing, so particular, so intimate.
Her solo CD, "How I Spent my Summer Vacation," tells universal stories: about the progression of relationships (both with others and with one's self); about how sad being alone is; about how sad not being alone can be; stories, too, about how exhilarating both states can be. And all of these stories find their place in Lissa’s own story, a story of music and the love, growth and acceptance in an artist’s heart.
Lissa would be the first to tell you that if it's is a killer record, it's because of everybody's contribution, and that's true enough, I suppose. But I was there from its first little glimmer, and I can tell you: this is Lissa's record, through and through. A record of songs by writers she loves and wants to honor, played by players she loves playing with.
It is my great pleasure and honor to present Lissa Hattersley's solo debut.