Lisa Lynn (New Orleans Angel Records)

Lisa Lynn's budding career as a professional singer in New Orleans can be traced to her days as a barmaid at the former Ragtime Rick's tavern in south Toledo when, many years ago, owner Rick Grafing heard something in her rough-hewn voice and would stay after hours to give her pointers and build her confidence.

On this album, her third, Lynn -- a 1987 St. Ursula Academy and 1995 University of Toledo graduate -- steps out and shows what she has both as a singer and writer. She has a voice that draws comparisons to Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday, but goes beyond her normal jazz and blues comfort zones to deliver an album equally steeped in country and rhythm and blues.

Backed by a solid group of musicians, including guitarist Jason Quick of Toledo, she sings of life, love, and the human experience she's gotten to know all that well as a New Orleans resident doing her part to help bring the Crescent City back from the depths of Hurricane Katrina.

His is Lynn's most risky endeavor and her most well-rounded effort, one that's a little less saucy, a little less sassy, and more diverse. It's mostly originals with a Bessie Smith cover. Lynn, who's performed in the Toledo area many times in the past, is recovering from surgery she had for a brain aneuryism earlier this year. She's performing at Toledo Botanical Garden today and at Treo's in Sylvania Friday. Then it's back to New Orleans.



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With raw emotion jazz vocalist Lisa Lynn delivers a front row center recording with her signature sultry vocals

Album Notes
With the one year anniversary of hurricane Katrina hovering around us, it is only fitting that Lisa Lynn has released her New Orleans tribute CD, "Call Me Baby." With the driving force of Katrina behind her, Lisa Lynn felt compelled to create a live atmosphere where the music would be full of spirit. Stripped to the bone, this CD delivers a sound that is a reflection of New Orleans. With raw emotion, Lisa Lynn peels down the layers and delivers a front row and center performance with her signature sultry vocals. "Call Me Baby," provides an outlet where music of the Crescent City lives on.

Bernard Brady
Call me baby
Haven't listened to the whole thing yet. But, we saw Lisa Lynn in N.O last March. She is a "red hot mama." Her music is sexy and fun. I can't imagine anything she does being bad unles it's "baaaaaaad."

Lisa Lynn
Ten Cents a Dance

Lisa Lynn says that she was born in Toledo, Ohio. It sounds unlikely to me, but that's her story and she's stickin' to it. Educated in a Catholic girls school (almost impossible to believe, but...) where she was first introduced to performance in the school's Broadway show productions. As a young girl, she listened to the usual rock and roll music, but then came Janis Joplin. And then came the blues.


Lisa Lynn vocals, Stu Crawford piano, Walter Payton bass, Sean Clark drums, Ryan Burrage sax and clarinet ( tracks 7, 12, 13), Chuck Brackman trumpet (tracks 7, 12, 13)

  • 1 Comes Love
    • Brown, Stept, Tobias
  • 2 Deed I Do
    • Hirsch, Rose
  • 3 I Love Paris
    • Porter
  • 4 I Wanna a Little Sugar in My Bowl
    • Smith, Williams
  • 5 Miss Jenny's Ball
    • Reed
  • 6 Nice Work If You Can Get It
    • Gershwin, Gershwin
  • 7 After You've Gone
    • Creamer, Layton
  • 8 All of Me
    • Simmons, Marks
  • 9 You Don't Know What Love Is
    • Raye, Paul
  • 10 I'm Beginning to See the Light
    • James, Ellington, Hodges, George
  • 11 Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
    • Russell, Ellington
  • 12 Bye Bye Blackbird
    • Dixon, Henderson
  • 13 Ten Cents a Dance
    • Hart, Rodgers

Photography by Michael Terranova
CD Cover Design by Carolyn Sinclair
Year Released: 2003
I'm No Angel

Lisa Lynn, I’m No Angel (New Orleans Angel)

As the title suggests, I’m No Angel presents Lisa Lynn in the red hot momma tradition. From the album opening “Keep Your Hands Off It” on, almost everything here has a randy edge to it. Vague pronouns and commonplace language sound like code words for getting it on, so much so that “Kitchen Man” makes “succotash” sound entertainingly dirty. Lynn and her group bring these songs to life with just enough swing and sass to make the album fun, but she’s not enough of a stylist to steal the spotlight from the songs themselves. She could also stand to be a little more attentive to her material. “Cry Me a River” has one of the great, showy rhymes, pairing “plebian” and “me, and” before returning to the verse. You really can’t add an extra “l” to the second syllable of “plebian” without it being noticed, particularly because it’s in the bridge and occurs twice in the song. Such a gaffe, unfortunately, gives listeners reason to wonder if her commitment is to being a singer, an interpreter, or simply red hot. It’s a shame because otherwise, I’m No Angel is an unassuming pleasure.

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