Vol. 42 #1
|Magazine: Sing Out!
Lisa Bigwood Like No One Else & Woodland
Lisa Bigwood showcased two songs from her album Like No One Else at the 24th
Annual Kerrville Folk Festival in May, 1995. Following the festival came this review in Sing
Lisa Bigwood was impressive in the New Folk contest in Kerrville in May
1995, the same year she showcased at Telluride. She is a superior performer and writer.
Her first album, Like No One Else, is a beautifully recorded,
understated folk album featuring Lisas soft, low voice atop guitars, flute, fiddle
and banjo in measured amounts. Dick Weissman did a splendid production job.
Its somewhat bluesy folk, perhaps, but all original material
delivered in a distinctive fashion. The first album contains two outstanding songs:
"Spruce Top Blues," which starts off "Dont lock me in that long black
box, dont lock me in the dark" and turns out to be a song about a tree made
into a guitar, and "The Ballad Of Charlie Archer," a five-minute song about a
lake bum who is not without redeeming virtues.
Woodland, Lisas second album, was also produced by Dick
Weissman and also features Eric Levine on fiddle. It has the same bluesy sound and
distinctive writing style. Unfortunately, there are no lyrics accompanying this album (a
disturbing trend that short-changes both the artist and the public).
Most of Lisas songs have neat twists and turns of phrase in them:
"Woodland Band," for example, based on the festival campfire scene, or "Bad
Memory," in which a person with Alzheimers says, "Youll have to
pardon me, but I forgot your name / It slipped out when you walked in the door."
Writing of the quality exhibited here is rare. That, combined with a
minimal production and a low, mellow voice, makes Lisa Bigwoods albums
Lisa Bigwood also performed and was selected as a finalist at MerleFest
97. She was selected out of 850 finalists to perform her album Woodland.
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