She’s got the soulful, weathered voice of an old pro, but Illinois-born Lissie Maurus is just about to test her mettle on the longest tour of her career — and the first of her very own.
“I haven’t become a certified road dog yet,” she says. “Hopefully, after this next run I’ll get my road-worthiness on.”
With songwriting chops that could rival the best of the Lilith Fair set, and borrowing from the heritage of greats like Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt, Lissie’s earthy charm has already enchanted audiences and critics alike. But Lissie herself isn’t quick to label her sound.
“I guess that it’s that I don’t really think about what I’m doing,” she says of describing her music. “It just kind of happens, depending on whatever subconscious tickle I’ve got going on in my brain.”
Growing up in the Midwest, she credits her family as an influence on her music.
“My grandfather was a singer and he did barbershop and musical theater,” she says. “I grew up in a kind of blue collar town and my mom would sing ‘You are My Sunshine’ to me. I think initially I really liked simple music. I was into singing little ditties.”
with City and Colour
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
125 E. 11th St.