- How did Art and Lisa start their musical journey?
1. Lisa: Art and I met at an open mic , and sang a couple of songs together.
Soon after we were invited to take over a different open mic and started
hosting it together every Thursday night. We’ve been hosting it now for
almost four years. Shortly after we took over the open mic, we started
getting calls from people wanting us to come play at other venues. We
finally had to come to a decision as to wheather or not we were going to
do this full time or as a hobby. We’ve only been doing it full time since
this last spring. We started the CD in March, 2009, and released it on
July 31st, 2009
- What were the musical idols of Art and Lisa and how was the duo able to form their own style?
2. For Me (Lisa) my music idols were people like Emmy Lou Harris, The
Everly Brothers, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Tammy Wynette, Loretta
Lynn, The Statler Bros., and so many more. I didn’t know there was such a
thing as “red dirt” or “americana” music growing up. It was either country
or western in our house. As I got older I went through a time of listening
to all rock and roll, but settled back into country within a few years. I
was also exposed to lots of gospel music growing up. My mom and her sister
were in an all girls quartet when they were in thier early teens in
Lubbock, TX. They would sing on the radio on Sunday mornings for thier
church. Naturally, thier love of music continued into thier adult lives
even though niether of them followed a career in music, they could have. I
remember at a very early age, listening to my mom and aunt sing some of
the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard, even to this day, mostly gospel
and some silly kids songs. I wanted to learn to sing harmonies the way
they did. I would follow my mom all around the house and help her with
whatever chores she was doing as long as she would sing, and let me sing
with her. At the age of around 12 , someone gave me a Simon and Garfunkel
record. I would go into my parents room and put it on the record player
with the headphones and play it over and over again, singing along on the
harmony parts. Studying it in my mind and trying to listen to myself and
imitate the harmonies.
It wasn’t until I moved back to Texas that I found a local radio station
that was playing Texas artists. People I had never heard of, but they were
great. I remember thinking I bet this station would play my songs if I
recorded them. They were the first station to play our CD.
When I met Art he already knew of all these Texas artists, having lived in
Bandera for twelve years already at the time. He started taking me to
concerts of Jimmy Lafave, Kevin Welch, Patty Griffin, Terri Hendrix, etc.
We frequented Gruene Hall, Luchenback and Flores Country Store to see the
Texas artists, some big names to Texas and some not. I loved it. It was
like nothing I had ever heard or seen. The music was so real and fresh. I
couldn’t understand why these people were not all famous and didn’t have
big record deals. Art taught me alot about the Texas music scene and I
soaked it up. I guess that is where our Style came from. It’s a mix of
old country , red dirt , americana, and southern gospel, all melded
Art: I grew up in Oklahoma on country and gospel quartet music. Though
amazed by the harmonies
of groups like The Blackwood Brothers, I was drawn more to the stylings
and lyrical content of Woody Guthrie
and Bob Dylan. It wasn’t until my college days when I was introduced to
people like Jimmy Lafave and Bob
Childers that I realized the two could become one. Taking real life
writing and combining it with the conviction
of old time gospel and I guess you end up with what we now call “Red Dirt”
3. What was the inspiration behind your album “Learning to Breathe
Lisa: I always felt that music was my “calling”. So, after Art and I began
playing together, people were constantly asking when we were going to
record this or that song that we had written. We started talking more
about it and began planning it in mid summer of 2008, not knowing which
songs would be on the album, except for one, “Learning to Breathe Again”.
I had written the song when I first moved to Bandera, after a
heartwrenching break-up. I felt it was a song that would touch so many
people in todays times. I often have grown men come up to me in tears
after hearing it, telling me how much they can relate to the story it
- How long did it take you to produce and record your album?
Lisa: A lifetime. It seems both of us have wanted this our whole lives. The
actual time frame was about four months. The recording end of it actually
went very quickly. We set aside four days in the studio with the
musicians. In two days all of the music tracks were done for all twelve
songs on the album. The next two days we did all the vocal tracks for each
song, and the harmony tracks. We had to wait to for, photo shoots, artwork
to be approved and come back, mixing and mastering, and of course there
was about a six week wait for the press, before we actually got the CDs in
our hands. We started the CD in March, 2009, and released it on July 31st,
Art: A lIfetime
5. You usually do concerts in Texas. When will you do concerts in other
parts of the USA and the world?
Lisa: At first we never really thought about touring much. We are just doing
what we love and hoping to make a living at it. We have just recently
started to venture out some from the state of Texas. However, traveling is
not cheap these days, so the money is a big factor. In spite of the
financial constraints, we are hoping to do some touring next spring
Art: We recently did a couple of things in Arkansas… there seems to be a
pretty cool music scene there. So, hopefully
we will be there again this summer.
Our fan base seems to growing overseas. We are getting a bit of radio play
in Holland and beyond, so we hope to
be there in person in the near future.
6 What are your recommendations to those who want to follow in your
Art: Be real In all your music. If it doesn’t move you, it probably won’t move anyone
Else With your fans. They are your family, treat them that way and they will
love you.With yourself. Just do what you can to make your world a better place.
Lisa: First, you have to believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in you,
why should anyone else? Set goals and do things to make them happen.
Be kind to the people around you. Put your heart into the songs you write. You have to be willing to expose your heart on paper when you write in order for your songs to
really touch people.That’s really hard to do sometimes, but it makes for some great songs
Thank you for accepting my invitation and best wishes from Miami