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Why You Runnin' is a five-song introduction to Lissie and pivots around her big, achingly raw and evocative voice. The songs range from the­­­ hand-clapping, foot-stomping spirited opener Little Lovin to the poignant country cover Wedding Bells to the haunting, soulful 60s pop-esque ballads Everywhere I Go and Here Before . These tracks were recorded at her current home in Ojai, CA, and at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, with her friend Bill Reynolds (of Band of Horses, who also produced and plays bass on the songs alongside his bandmate Tyler Ramsey, who guests on guitar for some tracks). The hymn-like Oh Mississippi was recorded with Ed Harcourt last fall, when Lissie was far from home in London, England.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B002Q4TKKE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on November 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Lissie Maurus is a folk-rock singer from the west Illinois border town of Rock Island. Although there's a rustic Midwestern edge to her Americana, her transplantation to Los Angeles, and national and international gigs have elevated her music beyond coffee-house strumming. Her voice pulls you in close with confessional introductions and then attacks with arresting outbursts of emotion. The exclamation of "danger will follow me now everywhere I go, angels will fall on me and take me to my home" finds her bending back from the microphone to make room for a lungful of emotion. The empty spaces in the studio add presence and dimension as she steps back to keep the needles from pinning red with her fervor.

There's a bluesy edge in her vocals, not unlike Joan Osborne, but with the earthier, more distracted air of Edie Brickell. The productions often arc from contemplative openings to emotional conclusions. "Little Lovin'" rolls through its first half with only a bass drum (and your toe-tapping) to keep the beat, but a deep bottom end rolls in, Lissie's vocals rise and hand-clapping rhythms spur the vocals to soar into full-throated scatting. The abandon with which she vocalizes has the improvisational verve of a live jam, blowing past the artifice of studio recording. Her cover of Hank Williams' "Wedding Bells" turns its despondency from hangdog to forlorn, and the original male-perspective lyrics ("you wanted me to see you change your name") gain additional layers when sung in a woman's voice.

An ode to Lissie's native river, "Oh Mississippi," is sung with a gospel piano and overdubbed choir, and though it may remind you of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," it turns into a fervent elegy for the failing industrial heart of America.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HJ on February 1, 2010
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I stumbled upon this album in the cheap MP3 downloads, and I'm so glad I did. I knew nothing of her music before, but it's a bit country, a bit alternative. I felt like I heard traces of Emmylou Harris, maybe some Neko Case, not really sure. On this album, Lissie needs no comparison, but if people are looking for some alt-countryish music by a talented artist, this is definitely an album to own. My only complaint is that it doesn't have as many songs as an album should, but I didn't mind too much because it was a discounted price anyway. A great buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca K. Long on April 7, 2010
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Fantastic!!! Can't stop listening to it and i want more. She should be making more albums in no time as soon as she is done with her tour in the UK. And I for one cannot wait. It's fresh and raw!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matty Longhorn on March 8, 2011
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Lissie is an up and coming musician from Mid-Central U.S. (Rock Island, IL). She just appeared with her two band mates on Jimmy Fallon, Late Night. She's refreshingly down home, down to earth, and doesn't use sleezy outfits or bling to buttress her fresh, positive sound.

Her lyrics are poetic and non-contrived. I love this band and Lissie! (One day, her band may add a fiddle for a fuller sound; and a drummer to help out the bass player - who plays both instruments at once.)

I saw and heard her in concert in February in Minneapolis, and she left my son and me tingling with good feelings after the gig. On stage, she is genuine, sweet, and just someone you want to drink lemonade, tell stories, and joke with at a summer picnic in July along the Mississippi River. In sum, both Lissie's band and Lissie the person are very fine.
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Lissie - Why You Runnin' EP
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Lissie is fronted by the rising folk music star, Lissie Maurus. Starting in Chicago, Maurus cut her teeth at open mics. She's worked with Ed Harcourt in England, collaborated with Band of Horses and toured with groups like Badly Drawn Boy. Recently, she relocated from the Colorado to find inspiration among the broad, knotty oaks in the Central Coast artist community of Ojai, CA.

On her debut EP, Lessie settles in with a rambling four piece, acoustic and strummy, and ignited by Maurus' glowing, smoky voice. She sings with a heart on her sleeve and stands strong whether crooning alongside a piano on "Oh, Mississippi" or romping with percussive rhythm and pecking guitar in "Little Lovin'."

Undoubtedly, Maurus' voice is the centerpiece. Her tone has widespread appeal, showing a flashy country-gal and a competent bedroom vocalist. Her lyrics lustfully pine with a southern affectation as she seeks those bowing octaves and boasts dichotomous sorrow and joy. Her lyrics focus on traditional country plots of love and loss, framed in the customary verse/chorus structure. Although Maurus' competence lingers in intimate restraint, her strength is unleashing the achy vibrato and seeking those distant notes.

"Everywhere I Go" wilts with somber emotional pulls. Moved again by liberating vocals and warm harmonic embers, the result is enchanting and infectious. Her vocal interplay builds into these painstaking moments and break into magnanimous crescendos.

In five songs Why You Runnin' dabs proficiently into various genres. The band modestly tinkers with rock, rhythm and blues, soul and country, while lacing a sophisticated café-singer element throughout. It's no surprise Ray LaMontagne asked for her support on his '09 North American tour. This talented young singer has a lot of potential and leaves the listener eager for that follow-up LP. (Fat Possum Records)
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