“The debut EP from Lisa Ridgely And The Fainting Room, Wine In Bed, fits in nicely with the burgeoning Americana scene in Milwaukee. It’s drenched in urban twang, punctuated by multiple hooks, suavely produced (recorded and mixed, naturally, by Shane Hochstetler), and still manages to contain a few rough edges. Ridgely has a modicum of Jeff Tweedy’s knack for crafting lovely tunes about the ugly side of love and relationships, making for a promising debut effort. ... Its best moments go beyond ear candy. Ridgely’s vocals come to the fore on the bitter, ramshackle country waltz “Maverick,” which would be an unremarkable track if not for the climactic harmonic trills between Ridgely and Sara Moilanen (West Of East, The Whiskeybelles). On “Santa Fe” (featuring spare piano work by guest Chris DeMay), Ridgely’s singing is reminiscent of that of Natalie Merchant—sad but strong. ... Overall it’s a striking first outing.”
"Life is a delicate balance of holding on and letting go and I struggle with that a lot," Ridgely said, a far from subtle theme throughout the album. After performing her songs as a solo artist for a few years, Ridgely decided to expand her sound with a backing band, The Fainting Room, according to an April 23 press release. The album, which features a handful of soulful and heart-filled, creatively written, pop songs, offers a unique feminine undertone – it is a must listen! ***** (5 stars) A+ The album can be purchased on the iTunes store or on Lisa Ridgely’s website. “One overriding theme of the EP is longing – longing to escape Wisconsin winters, longing to be with long-lost friends and lovers, longing to know why life throws curveballs, longing to know why people hurt one another, and most importantly, longing to know thyself. And that last song, well, it speaks for itself,” Ridgely said.