“These Dallas singers were married at the Kerrville Folk Festival--a perfect site for their wedding, given the freewheeling acoustic vibe of their music. Mr. Balmer fuels their debut cd with spirited guitar work that owes as much to Django Reinhardt as it does to Mississippi John Hurt. But the real draw is the duo's songwriting, which is full of wry lyrics and melancholy melodies. Or as Ms. Markley puts it in one song: "Happiness is a minor key". ---Thor Christensen
Dallas Morning News
"...some of the most accomplished musicians I've ever heard. The Tuck and Patti of the singer-songwriter world." Tom Prasada-Rao
“Markley's other worldly, folk-tinged vocals mesh perfectly with new husband Balmer's fiery guitar--but the songs themselves are the real standouts here. From the quirky "Landing on the Moon" to the spirited "Don't Make Me Do It", the husband-wife team seamlessly blend country, folk, blues, jazz and funk, creating a signature sound that's impossible to listen to without smiling or tapping a foot.”
Cliff Dweller Magazine
“Somewhere, wherever the musical gods hang out, there is rejoicing. Lisa Markley and Bruce Balmer met each other, fell in love and got married. Lisa is one of the three amazing Malvinas, currently on hiatus . We knew Bruce as a habitue of the Fast Folk scene, a singer/songwriter and monster guitar player. This was before he moved to Texas. Their self-titled CD is sophisticated and chock full of depth. Their voices blend together like two strains of rich honey. There are wicked, jazzy guitar riffs by Bruce over their rich harmonies. Bruce's songs tend to be hard-charging, propelled by fast-fretted patterns and jaunty strumming. Lisa's are playfully relaxed. She's almost languid as she sings in "Overhand Knot," "Wrap your arms around me / lace your arms around me / tie your arms around me / let your love be an overhead knot." They have each other. We have the songs and we'll wrap them around us. Often.”
“Elements written by guitarist Bruce Balmer reveals another talent of Lisa Markley. A remarkable ability to interpret new songs, an adroit rarity.
The Voice, 88.7fm, Sacramento