Part Emily Dickinson and part Kris Kristofferson, Lisa DeRosia sings songs about people struggling to make connections in their lives - to find, grab or keep hold of love, sex, dreams or a place in the world. Reviewers and fans have likened Lush Budgett to everything from 'vintage country gems' to 'a countrified version of the Throwing Muses' to 'twangy helium rock.' Whatever it is, with Lisa DeRosia's angelic voice, the band's solid musicianship and an emphasis on writing good songs, Lush Budgett avoids the country sub-genre flavor-of-the-month in favor of a lonesome and steady sound driven by catchy hooks and evocative lyrics. This is the band's first full-length CD, recorded in Springfield, Missouri by the Skeletons' Lou Whitney. The 12 original songs include Whitney on bass, plus Skeletons' and Dave Alvin drummer Bobby Lloyd Hicks and Skeletons' guitar player D. Clinton Thompson. The CD also features Lush Budgett band members Gerald Dowd - drums (Robbie Fulks, Chris Mills), Mitch Strafer - bass (Falstaff, Whiskey Hollow), Steve Doyle - dobro, guitar (Hoyle Bros, Ulele) and others. Lisa DeRosia grew up in a musical family in Michigan City, Indiana. When Michigan City had a silent movie house, the music was provided by the DeRosia family: Lisa's grandmother and great aunt on vocals and piano, respectively. At home, Lisa's father Ed, a former WWII tank driver, whistled pop tunes from the 30s and 40s...day and night. Lisa sang in church on Sundays. Making her way to Chicago in 1984, Lisa formed the Corn Kings with Michigan City kindergarten pal and music wiz Mitch Straeffer. The Corn Kings perfected an edgy blend of acoustic folk, country and gospel, and the band played it's way through Texas and California before returning to Chicago. The Corn Kings built a loyal following and earned critical praise but eventually dissolved. Band Bio In 1993 Lisa DeRosia helped form a new folk-pop band, where she met and eventually became engaged to guitarist Greg Schultz. The band won the 1994 Midwest TicketMaster Showcase with a demo produced by Brian Deck (Red Red Meat) and a powerful performance at the Metro. DeRosia and Schultz's engagement didn't last, but their friendship and musical partnership did, seasoned and strengthened by their experiences. In 1996 they formed Lush Budgett, eventually reuniting with Straeffer and adding multi-instrumentalist Steve Doyle and drummer Gerald Dowd to complete the lineup.
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