Lisa Lim is a WAMA-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Fredericksburg, VA. She has been performing her leads, slide and rhythm guitar riffs in over two decades, touring, performing solo, in duos, and with her various bands.
Her debut CD, “Crazy Feelin’ This Way” (available at CD Baby), received a 2008 WAMA nomination for best R&B Blues Recording. Her latest release, “Lisa Lim,” explores the industrial power blues-influenced indie music genre. She brings her unmistakable guitar sound to over 150 live shows a year with an energy and passion unmatched in the DC/Northern Virginia music scene.
Currently, you can catch her performing with her bands Lisa Lim Band and Over the Limit. She also is part of an acoustic duo project with Don Chapman. Lisa freelances and has performed with many renowned artists including Gaye Adegbalola, Andra Faye, Dick Dale, Tom Principato, Linwood Taylor, Duffy Kane, Sol Roots, Mary Shaver, and Devon Allman.
Lisa is invited annually to share the stage with national artists and lead clinician performances at the NAMM trade shows held in Los Angeles, California & Nashville, TN. She also shares her guitar knowledge in columns for Premier Guitar and Guitar Girl Magazine.
“Lisa Lim” is an album filled with fully-charged, blues-dipped rockers and heartrending ballads that show off, respectively, the gutsier and softer side of Lim’s vocal ability, plus a series of emotive solos and riffs shaped by her uncanny dexterity on guitar.
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The album is a confident yet unforced triumph offering a collective vision in which the echoes of so many great traditions like blues, soul, and rock organically flow together, blending with an entirely original, modern sensibility. The album undoubtedly also benefits from an impressive circle of talent that forms her backing band.
From the opening chords of “Superstious Minds” to the last notes of “Manic Energy”, this is an amazing collection of tunes that has it all and everything in between. Filled with blues-influenced rockers and soft, expressive ballads this album does not disappoint. “Broken Promise Blues” and “Manic Energy” are high energy blues-infested hard rockers that will leave you with your mouth hanging open. “Please,Please Don’t Go” changes the mood with meaningful, introspective lyrics and soulful music. “I Got You” is a beautiful song with an uplifting message of day to day survival in love. “Our River” marvels in the memories and unasked joys of life that Lisa delivers with unparalleled passion.
The album is so consistently good that I find it hard to pick a favorite track, although “Broken Promise Blues” is right up there, as is the restrained “Please,Please Don’t Go”and “Our River”. On the whole this album is tight, the production is solid and the songs will knock you off your feet right from the very first listen.
I am almost ashamed to say that I hadn’t heard of Lisa Lim up until now. Her self-titled album will send chills down your spine even on the hottest of summer days. Great guitar tones, convincing vocals and like the majority of blues influenced albums, “Lisa Lim” has an infinity of honesty in its sound.
On this very impressive album, Lisa Lim will reach into your soul and rip your heart out!
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