Lisa Mann – Old Girl

EP Review | Jayray Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

West Virginia-born Lisa Mann’s confident voice permeates this five-track EP, recorded in her adopted home of Portland, Oregon.  Predominantly self-penned with the exception of a pretty gutsy reading of Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s 1938 classic “That’s All”, memorably adapted by Ry Cooder in the early 1970s as “Denomination Blues”.  Here, Lisa returns to the song’s gritty source, with a late night vocal and a sneering guitar solo courtesy of Jason Thomas. 

With further contributions from Louis Pain on Hammond B3, Michael Ballash and Dave Melyan on drums and some empathetic backing vocals from Sonny Hess, Brian Foxworth, LaRhonda Steele and Arietta Ward, the Kevin Helm produced EP proves that this old girl is far from putting her bass back in its case.

Choice Track: That’s All (NSV 510)