Lisa Graciano

Lisa Graciano

Lisa Graciano

The Singles

It’s never a good idea to release a four-track EP. If it’s good, the consumer will be disappointed that there aren’t enough tracks; if it’s bad, then the artist should’ve spent more time polishing the tunes for a whole album. However, in the indie world small budgets can make long records cost-prohibitive, which is probably what happened here.

Lisa Graciano has enough talent and swagger for an LP’s worth of material. Should that time come, I’d certainly be among the first in line with tremendous anticipation. For now, we have four cuts to choose from, each of them with their various highlights and parts that could be improved.

While the production could use some polish, Graciano’s performances are electric, especially on “Out to the Street” and “Picture of You,” wherein her bluesy guitars have a transcendental roar. This lady can really play, and her jamming adds to the emotions — and never detracts from the feelings — in her songs, something that is honed through the years with experience and wisdom. There was never a point where Graciano’s solos took me out of the track. The best blues guitarists can do that, make the instrumental flash an integral part of the storytelling as Eric Clapton did on “Layla.”

“Are You Still With Me?” is relatively mainstream, downplaying the blues angle for a conventional commercial arrangement; however, it is still a fine tune. Graciano’s voice is a tad forced on “No One Else Trying,” but elsewhere she sounds as gritty and fiery as she is supposed to. I can’t wait to hear more.

Lisa Graciano:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • The Reading Room
    The Reading Room

    Today’s episode features author Anna-Marie O’Brien talking about her book Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir with Ink 19’s Rose Petralia.

  • Bush Tetras
    Bush Tetras

    Rhythm and Paranoia (Wharf Cat). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tom Tom Club
    Tom Tom Club

    The Good The Bad and the Funky (Nacional). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Barnes & Barnes
    Barnes & Barnes

    Pancake Dream (Demented Punk Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

  • Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist
    Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist

    Like pre-teens throwing every liquid into the kitchen blender and daring each other to drink the results, Woody and Jeremy fuse all manner of sounds legitimate and profane into some murky concoction that tastes surprisingly good.

From the Archives