My introduction to the world of live acoustic music began at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica when my father took me to see Doc Watson. I was just eight years old. By the age of 16, I was part of the music scene there, making connections, helping to lay the groundwork for a musical career that now spans five decades.
In 1973 I
relocated to Sonoma County where I was a solo artist. I also formed
duets with other musicians, and created bluegrass, folk, and country
bands. During this time, I found I was acquiring a large following of
fans. At the same time, I forged professional connections with major
players in Northern California, such as Pee Wee Ellis, who
played saxophone on “Every Heart,” a song he heard me write, helping to
turn a country song into a pop/crossover song.
In 1980, I
was approached by a band called "California," a progressive country
band, which had its own brand of original "blue jean" music. I stayed
with them as we grew in popularity, successfully toured Northern
California, and recorded together. My friend Fred Catero (CBS and
Columbia Records) mixed all of our recordings, helping us to get just
the right sound, a sound that captured the attention of BMI in
Nashville. Bruce Crosby, the main songwriter and I were writing
together and engaged at the time. In 1986 our artist manager Phil Gram
of BMI, asked us to move to Nashville. Just as we were winding down
the band here, and were packing up to relocate, tragically, Bruce was
stricken with leukemia. Sadly, he passed away before we could realize
our dreams together. It had a profound influence on the direction of my
Devoting myself to the healing powers of music
for the next eighteen years, I became a part of peoples' lives by
providing spiritual music for important events such as weddings,
births, and other celebrations of life; co-officiating with Buddhist
senseis, Rabbis, Catholic priests, ministers of all ilk, and officiated
on my own at many "life-cycle events."
In the summer of
2009 while recording for my first time in over two decades at Robert
Lunceford's studio in Sebastopol, he asked me to accompany him on
guitar for some of his French-flavored, original compositions. I fell
in love with this new-to-me style, and in early 2010 we formed the trio
"Un Deux Trois" with bass guitarist Josh Fossgreen. In June of 2013,
when Josh moved to L.A. to pursue his music career, Jan Martinelli
joined the group, adding her own flavor to the "Un Deux Trois" sound, a
sound we call "French Music with a Twist."
that I have written the word "helping" in the first three paragraphs.
This is significant. Without help, without each other, not one of us
would be where we are today. I am so grateful to everyone who has
helped me along the way.
I sign off with the name of my current solo album, "From Lisa Iskin With Love."