Lisa Mills (USA) with The True BelieversSun 14th July 2019
The return of the Mississippi-born, Alabama-based singer songwriter and one of the truly great voices of our time, this time with her full band, The True Believers, featuring Sam Kelly (drums/bvs), Paul Jobson (M.D./keys/vocals) & Richard Sadler (bass)
Lisa Mills with The True Believers
Lisa Mills takes her audiences on a musical, and often humorous, emotional journey with charm and panache that is melodic, raw, unfettered and, most important, searingly honest: expect blues, country, gospel and soul influences…
The confluence of influences that comprise the namesake river of Lisa Mills’ native Mississippi (she now resides in Mobile, Alabama, thanks to Hurricane Katrina) are indeed ‘mighty’. However, to lump her interpretation of those blues, country, gospel and soul influences under the catch-all “roots music” moniker is both right…and entirely wrong.
Her defiance of description is what makes Lisa Mills a singular talent. She takes the best of each these genres, whether self-penned or carefully chosen covers that speak to her in some way, and utterly transforms them. By taking all those ingredients and adding the occasional dollop of jazz inflection, Mills serves up her own savoury-sweet mix that goes beyond the expected. The result is at least equal to, often surpassing the historic best that each of those genres have to offer. She is one of those rare artists that, once you’ve heard her, cannot possibly be mistaken for anyone else.
‘Girl, you keep on doin’ whatcha doin’!’ - Dr. John
‘You should all check her out, she has a wonderful voice’ - Robert Plant