The singer/songwriter duo, Art and Lisa and their albums are climbing the charts and people can’t help but notice their names are everywhere. Now with their debut album “Learning to Breathe Again” and now their newest release CD “Healin’ Time,” the professional growth of this great duo is undeniable. With two highly-acclaimed releases and professional stage presence, Art and Lisa are in demand more than ever. To experience them on stage, up close and personal, their music fully wraps around you with the warmth and beauty of their songwriting and singing expertise.
In 2009, the duo was nominated for the Texas Music Awards’ Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, selected from a pool of 45,000 submissions. Recently, Art and Lisa added guitarist John Inmon, a beloved Texas musician who adds a delicious new flavor to the duo with his moving guitar licks and beautiful vocal harmonies in their newest release CD “Healin’ Time,”
Art and Lisa are true balladeers who can move you to time and place that is mystically enthralling and oh so true to experiences in real life. When you hear Art and Lisa, this kind of feeling is so comfortable and so real I was drawn in completely. Seeing them live on stage is even more spectacular.
Receiving quotes by some of the most esteemed artists, writers and producers such as Walt Wilkins , John Inmon and Lloyd Maines, is always another star in Art and Lisa’s crown – and it’s always true! As professionals, If you aren’t all that great, these guys may not even comment unless they’re helping you get better — but for praise well-deserved, they’ll definitely give you that without hesitation.
“I’m honored to be part of this record. This is what the warm soulful heart of “Texas music” is to me- earthy, but ethereal. Great songs about real life, all of them immediately timeless. A complete pleasure to listen to, and I intend to listen to this record alot.” Walt Wilkins (Walt lent his amazing songwriting talents to “If It Weren’t For You,” from the new album “Healing Time”)
“Art and Lisa have the unique gift of sounding both fresh and traditional at the same time. Even though they make that look easy, it isn’t. These are everyday folks who write and sing about the lives and feelings of, well, everyday folks. They make honest music with grace and soul and beauty. It was an honor to work with them.” John Inmon
“I really enjoyed working on the album project with Art and Lisa. Their writing and vocals are so soulful and real, that it was easy to get an idea of how the music should feel. Just listening to the lyrics really helped to determine the overall musical vibe of the songs…..I think it’s a fine album, and I’m glad to be a part of it.” Lloyd Maines
To describe their music would fill a book; it’s just so full and complete in every aspect or genre. Giving it a try to define Art and Lisa’s music – it is Americana, Texas Country, Folk and definitely Red Dirt. These songs are real life stories, it’s passionate and it’s all about Texas Music … and that barely covers everything that Art and Lisa’s vocals and songwriting bring to audiences.
About Lisa, (hate to ask you to do this, because Lisa is so lovely – ok, so is Art!) but, close your eyes for a moment and you will hear the perfection and blending of the queen of Country Music,Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris and the passion of Janis Joplin. Lisa’s sultry, honest and mesmerizing vocals and songwriting perfection. I’ll stretch it even farther by saying Lisa has hit the level in her vocals, songwriting and melodies of best of all of the above mentioned artists!
Most appropriately, their music has the softness and heart-wrenching lyrics and melodies with an incredible similarity to the perfect duos of Waylon and Jessie, Tammy and George, and Johnny and Loretta.
Art’s words and melodies are so soulful and honest; his music is like moving on a calm river, leaning back and enjoying the music of nature. It is that beautiful and that comfortable. His songwriting and melodies can only be described as an incredible blending of Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristopherson, Woody Guthrie, Bob Childers, and Jimmy Lafave. Art’s amazing and compelling music proves the talent of a true country music star.
As for Art, I was as amazed with this talented man as much as I was with Lisa. A big beautiful man, I am amazed by how he can blend a voice that is not only pure man, gritty, but yet so soulful.
“Learning To Breathe Again” , produced by Lloyd Maines and John Inmon, has been getting radio play in Australia, Belgium, the UK and the Texas Hill Country. Maines has called their writing and vocals “soulful and real.” Out of this treasure chest of shining musical gems “Different Shade of Blue,” from Art and Lisa’s “Learning to Breathe Again,” come the words “…his big heart is breaking damn near into … he’s tasting the colors of a different shade of blue …” The songs from this debut album such as the title cut “Mama’s Prayers” had me almost in tears, with its infusion of the tender love between a mother and daughter – such love and pure honesty. I’m sending “Mama’s Prayers” to my mother, daughter and sisters! Their music is on my list of “your must have” CD’s.
Art and Lisa’s lyrics in each song “Healing Time” shows the infinite creativity and genius of masters.The new album “Healing Time” holds more song treasures such as the title track “Healing Time” with the words “come on in, it’s healin’ time…beautiful! Or “Stealin’ The Heart’s” as Lisa’s watches the one she loves being cut with words from the other woman, “she still owns your very breath… and she is still your onlyness..and she can steal the heart right out of you..” and “Cleansing Rain” by Art that is even stronger proof of Art and Lisa’s timeless songs – incredible lyrics, inimitable vocals, supported by a background of soulful and warm musical melodies. With the super talented John Inmon, Walt Wilkins songwriting “If It Weren’t For You” and with Lloyd Maines involved, Art and Lisa shine even brighter! Overall, Art and Lisa are some of the most polished and sparkling duo diamonds in Texas Music today.
With Art and Lisa’s radio visits, interviews and performances throughout Texas, they can be seen live at many Texas Music premier venues. Here’s a look at their busy schedule for the remainder of January!
Friday, January 28, 2011 Arkey Blues Silver Dollar in Bandera, Texas Country Dance – 8:00 p.m. – midnight
308 Main Street, Bandera Texas 78003 (830)796-8826
“You can’t visit Texas without making a trip out to the historic Arkey Blues Silver Dollar in Bandera, Texas. This is a serious Texas saloon/dancehall. Full band 16 South.”
Saturday, January 29, 2011 Billy’s Ice House Acoustic Show – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. No cover charge
1193 Loop 337, New Braunfels Texas 78130 (830) 629-8169
Art and Lisa
Lisa Beck – Art and Lisa
P O Box 2281, Bandera, TX 78003
Art Crawford – Art and Lisa
P O Box 2281, Bandera, TX 78003
John Inmon – http://www.johninmon.com/
Walt Wilkins – http://www.waltwilkins.com/