Egyptian-American singer/songwriter Lisa Said re-releases her debut album

Singer, songwriter and producer Lisa Said (pronounced “Sa’yeed”) will release a revised and remastered edition of her 2016 debut album NO TURN LEFT BEHIND for digital download and via streaming platforms on November 11, 2022 on her Tall Short label. Folders. The original sessions were conducted at the legendary Inner Ear Sound Studio in the Washington DC area, with production by Said and studio owner Don Zientara. The reissue includes new artwork, remastered by Joe Lambert, a different track sequence and an alternate mix of “One Too Many”. Said believes that these updates correctly represent the songs for the first time.

Lisa Said began taking her solo work seriously in 2014 and approached Inner Ear and other DC Area studios in the DC area to record her collection of songs. The result was NO TURN LEFT BEHIND, with Said and Zientara co-producing and working with Andrew Toy (drums), Seth Kauffman (bass, electric guitars), Jon Carroll (keyboards, accordion, piano), Kip Jones (fiddle), among others . The album was released two years later, attracting surprising attention and praise from critics, one of whom described it as “an impressive debut – sexy, smart and eminently playable” (Jeff Burger, NO DEPRESSION ).

Said is a self-proclaimed nomad. She was born and raised in Tennessee to parents who immigrated from Egypt, then moved to a series of East Coast towns after college. She learned to play guitar and bass at the age of 27 after hanging out with punks, hippies and rock & rollers who taught her how to play and played in bands and as an artist solo since. And his music is undoubtedly steeped in nostalgia and mashups of his musical past.

She now lives in Lisbon, Portugal, where she moved in February 2020, just before the global COVID-19 lockdown began. While his decision to move across the world to start a new life surprised his friends and family, it seemed natural for Said. After visiting Portugal for the first time in 2018, she immediately felt at home and at ease; it seemed a perfect midpoint both geographically and culturally between Egypt and America. Living in an Old World setting with avant-garde elements sounded like a “third culture kid” to her – straddling two cultures without ever feeling completely comfortable in either. other. traditional portuguese fado music as well as music from other Portuguese-speaking countries (Brazil, Cabo Verde, etc.) attracted Said. like, not necessarily real” and has no equivalent in English, is often a theme in Portuguese and Lusophone music, and also of Said.

Five years later after releasing his debut album, an EP and two releases with his band DC Diagram of the pyramidSaid recorded a new solo album in Portugal with Nilson Douradoa Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and producer, and is gearing up to release it in early 2023. NO TURNED LEFT BEHIND and her forthcoming LP will serve as musical bookends to Said’s journey from Tennessee to Lisbon, as she embarks on the next act of her intriguing journey.

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