2017......What an amazing year it's been for me. I released my debut album of all original material Nola to Noho in May. In June I played to a full house at The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA for the album release show. I have gotten radio play on college stations around the country as well as some radio play in Europe. This makes my heart swell. The album and individual songs got some great reviews from No Depression, Skope, and Paste Magazines. And to top it off I will be playing First Night Northampton this New Year's Eve with my band, something I have wanted to partake in for a long time.
Though all the above sounds great....and it is, don't get me wrong!......album sales have been slow. It is a tricky time to be an independent artist. Sure you can listen to my music for free on Spotify, Apple Music, etc..... but that really doesn't help me or any other independent artist make ends meet. Artists tend to get less than a penny per stream....yes you read that right! So the best way to support independent artists is to buy the album! Otherwise, it will be difficult if not impossible to keep creating them. I think music streaming services are a great way to discover new artist that you may like. The best thing to do from there is to buy the music. I don't mean to sound like a negative person, I just want to educate folks on how streaming music services can help promote and hurt independent artists. With that said you can purchase the album here, or on any major online music retailer.
I want to thank all the people involved in creating the album, all who helped in its visual packaging, and the friends and fans who came to the album release show and purchased the album. Your support and collaboration have meant more to me than I can write on this little blog. I can only hope to be able to make more albums in the coming years with your support, expertise and encouragement.
I wish you all a beautiful and successful 2018 and a happy holidays!
My next upcoming show will be First Night Northampton, Dec 31 at 4:00PM. I play at First Churches in Lyman Hall. Tickets and even information can be found here.
Enjoy these last days of warmth in New England before the chill sets in! One of the ways I am going to do that....
Saturday, September 23 at the Breezy Acres Chili/Chowder Fest. I played this even last year as a solo acoustic act. It was a beautiful fall day. I played fetch with the farm dog, a very sweet collie like dog. I went to visit with the goats, and they seemed genuinely interested in me as well! There was free delicious food and activities for kids, last year they had pony rides. AND it's all FREE. This year I'll be bringing a band with me, so it will be a more rockin' set. So sit yourself on a hay bale, eat some chowda and listen to some tunes. Bring the family! Also performing: Larry Dulong, West Summit
The next night, Sunday, September 24, I will be at The Underdogs Music Lounge in Shelbourne Falls. I will be playing a solo acoustic set from 6-8. I'm excited to check out Shelbourne Falls latest music venue!
Have you bought your copy of my new album Nola to Noho? Please check it out!http://www.lisamarieellingsen.com/buy.html
What are some new albums that you are excited about this year? Write me back and let me know, I am always looking to discover new artists/bands.
Happy guitar pickin', Happy pumpkin pickin'
Lisa Marie Ellingsen
It’s been just over a month since the Nola to Noho album release show at The Parlor Room. I can’t thank everyone enough who came to the show, you warmed my heart and blew my mind! Thanks to Christa Joy for opening the night and to the boys in the band for helping me to put on a killer show. Here's one of my favorite fan photos from the show.
I hope all of you who bought the album are enjoying it. If you have not purchased your copy yet you can buy a digital version on iTunes, Amazon, or CD Baby. Links are here:
I can also send you a CD via mail buy purchasing directly from me.
Speaking of my website: I have done a lot of work recently to spruce it up. I have added a PRESS page where you can find links to recent articles and interviews. I’ve had some great coverage over the past few months regarding the album as well as the singles Rodeo of Broken Dreams and A Little Help from Above. I’ve also gotten radio play across the country on college radio. It makes me so happy to think that people all over the country are hearing my music. I’ve even been contacted from a few folks in continental Europe who’ve heard some tracks. Hopefully, more and more people will discover my music.
Thank you as always for your support.
Your friend in music,
Lisa Marie Ellingsen
Hello Friends and fellow music lovers! Exciting things are happening with my music in the next few months as I release my new album Nola to Noho on May 19. The album will be available in cd or digital formats.
The first single from the album, Rodeo of Broken Dreams will be available for download on April 14. You will be able to buy the single or if you like you can pay for the digital album in advance with immediate download of the single. I will post links for purchase of the single on the 14th.
In the meantime, you can check out another track from the album here:
I am also thrilled to announce that my album release show will be held at The Parlor Room in Northampton on June 2 at 7PM. Please buy your tickets early through this link:
Hello fellow music lovers! Happy New Year to you all. I have two special announcements I want to make to you. First I would like to let you know the album songs and order that will be available for purchase later this year. They are as follows: 1. The Getaway 2. Living Proof 3. Rodeo of Broken Dreams 4. Estela 5. Ellie 6. Ellie (Part II) 7. Akumal 8. The Nightlife 9. Dulled My Senses 10. A Little Help from Above Secondly, I wanted to inform you that I have a band show later this month at Luthier’s Co-op in Easthampton, MA. We play at 9:30 and I would love to see you there! Lisa Marie
We are in the final stages of mixing the new album. It is so exciting and anxiety producing at the same time. Exciting because I can't wait to share it with you and anxiety provoking because at some point you have to live with the final results. I think you all will be more than pleased. Next step after mixing is deciding the best way to promote and sell the album, so bear with me while I make these next decisions. I'll share my progress with you as I go along and decide on a title, cover, release date, etc... Now go out there and enjoy these last few days of summer!
Wow. The new album is really coming together. It is so amazing when your vision for a project starts coming to fruition. One of the reasons is this man below:
Producer & Engineer Anand Nayak
When this album comes out it will surprise you, excite you, and move you. Is it because I am reinventing the wheel? No. It is because most of you have never heard what I have heard in my mind for these songs, or what Anand heard in his mind when he listened to my songs. I can't wait to share it with you. Paul Kochanski (bass) and Jason Smith (drums), both of the band Fancy Trash, have laid down some killer rhythm tracks. And as far as I am concerned a great recording starts there. Anand's creative input and ears have helped steer this project in the right direction. All that is left to do, is to have few more special guests in for vocals and any additional instrumentation. I will tell you about these fabulously talented people in my next blog. Then we move to mixing and mastering. But is that it? Oh no, then I must design an album cover, take photos....and on and on. But we are getting there!
This month I have a birthday. I turn the big blank 0. _0. You can fill that in with a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, whatever. It always feels like kind of a big deal when you embark upon the next decade of you life. That's why I am so thrilled that I have begun recording my new album with producer Anand Nayak. We began recording the basic acoustic tracks and will be recording with drums and bass next month. The results so far are fabulous and I cannot wait to hear what happens next.
Secondly, I have a gig at one of my favorite local hangouts, Luthier's Co-op. I'll be playing with a band right after The Lonesome Brothers. What an honor to share the night with these true local heroes. That will take place April 23. We play at 9:30. Lonesome Bros. are on at 8. The Rococo Bang kick things off at 7. Show is free. Please show up, help me celebrate my birthday month, and bring a few bucks for tips to help me pay the musicians!. Dov Plotkin will be here from Boston to play the drums and Garrett Sawyer will be sitting in on bass. It's gonna be awesome.
Now if that snow outside my door would just melt......
Spring is almost upon us. Little buds are popping up out of the ground here in the northeast, and I have exciting news to share with you. I will be recording my new album this spring which will be produced by Anand Nayak (Grammy nominated producer for Alastair Moock). Anand is an incredible musician and has a great ear for arrangements. The album will be a mix of songs backed by a band and others that will be more acoustic and pared down. I think that truly represents what I do and I can’t wait to share it with you. I’ll bring you updates as they occur and share in the process with you. I have decided to self-fund this endeavor. If I hit a wall then I may elect to do a fundraiser campaign but at this point it feels right do what I can independently. You can support me by helping me promote the album when it comes out, buying the album, and attending my CD release show when it is scheduled. Thank you for your support and the encouragement to take this on and make something beautiful!
I am welcoming in the new year with a new website! 2016 is going to be a big year for me. It is the year in which I am going to improve my web presence and record a new album. I will keep you all updated on my progress as I move along. I can use any assistance along the way. Got some live shots I can use? Great! Want to help me record some live footage for You Tube? Even Better! I have learned I can't do this all by myself. So if you are a fan of my music and want to help in any way with the nonmusical side of things, I thank you greatly in advance.