Lisa Morales Releases Assertively Romantic Americana Single “I Want The Roses” on 1/12

Lisa Morales Releases Assertively Romantic Americana Single “I Want The Roses” on 1/12

Lisa Morales Releases Assertively Romantic Americana Single “I Want The Roses” on 1/12

📅04 December 2017, 03:15

For Immediate Release                                                          December 4, 2017


Lisa Morales Releases Assertively Romantic Americana Single “I Want The Roses” on 1/12

Multi-Genre Album Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun Follows on 1/26


(San Antonio, TX) “You want to make my mascara bleed, I want the roses so I’ve got to leave,” sings acclaimed Texas-based roots/pop artist Lisa Morales on her first Americana single from her second solo album, Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun. The release of “I Want The Roses” on January 12 precedes the issue of the album on January 25 on her Zaino Records label.


The song finds its singer on the verge of falling in love, but insisting that she gets all she wants and needs from her lover, echoing the interwoven themes on the album of romance and resilience. The sprightly rhythmic number – one of 10 out of 11 on the album written or co-written by Morales – features enchanting accordion from Morales’ producer, Michael Ramos (known for his work with Patty Griffin, John Mellencamp and The BoDeans) along with guitarron and Paraguayan harp.


The album follows up on Morales’ first solo outing, Beautiful Mistake, hailed as “An absolutely flat-out devastating and stunning work of art” by Richard Skanse in Lone Star Musicmagazine. Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun was recorded with such noted musicians as top Austin guitar players Charlie Sexton (longtime guitarist for Bob Dylan), Adrian Quesada (who has played with Prince), David Pulkingham (who has worked with Patty Griffin and Alejandro Escovedo) and David Garza (whose credits include Juliana Hatfield and Fiona Apple) as well as Los Lobos drummer Cougar Estrada and Los Lonely Boys bassist Jojo Garza. The recording features guest vocalist Eliza Gilkyson and a duet with the late and beloved Austin-based Americana singer and songwriter Jimmy LaFave, “Avalanche.”


Morales launched her solo career after a long run with her older sibling Roberta as Sister Morales, an act that is virtually a Texas independent musical institution with a nationwide following, known for seamlessly mixing and interweaving rock, blues, pop, Tejano, country and more to attract a wide and diverse audience, and touring with such acts as Los Lobos, Allison Krauss and Merle Haggard. Lisa grew up in Tucson, AZ, like her cousin Linda Ronstadt, the daughter of an attorney father and mother who had a PhD. in literature and owned three bookstores. 


Music and visiting poets, playwrights and authors were hallmarks of Lisa’s youth. She started singing at age four. By the time she was 10 the Morales sisters had started their first band.


The lyrics on Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun are “trilingual;” English, Spanish and “Spanglish.” And the music spans and weaves together a spectrum of styles from rock to roots, traditional to contemporary and Americana to Latin, to name some but hardly all the colors on Morales’ musical palette. The album’s title with its “black moon” and bright sunlight expresses the yin/yang dualities that Lisa expresses in her themes and lyrics: love and loss, struggle and triumph, strength and reflection, and more.


“I grew up with Latin playwrights and poets from all over the world staying at my house, so when I think of writing in Spanish it is more colorful in a poetic, romantically bold, different way. I’m in a beautiful time in my life where I’m more empowered and strengthened by every piece of life I have encountered,” says Morales. “My growing up in the Southwest, my Mexican roots and my best singer-songwriter sensibility, both melodically and lyrically, swirled together to create the colors, the backdrop of my new musical journey.”


Lisa Morales 2018 tour dates:


January 19      Richardson TX                  Silver Creek Saloon

January 20      Oklahoma City, OK           Blue Door

January 26      Houston TX                       Mucky Duck album release show

January 27      Galveston TX                    Old Quarter

February 3       Austin, TX                         One2One

February 24     Port Aransas TX               3rd Coast Theater

March 8           Dallas TX                          House of Blues

March 14         Atlanta GA                        City Winery

March 15         Nashville TN                     City Winery

March 17         Chicago IL                        City Winery

March 18         Chicago IL                        City Winery

April 15           San Juan Capistrano CA   Coach House

April 17           Fresno CA                         Fulton 55

April 19           Santa Clarita CA               Canyon

April 20           Las Vegas NV                    Boulder Station

April 21           Los Angeles CA                 Luckman Fine Arts

April 22           Solana Beach CA             Belly Up

April 24-25      Berkeley CA                      Freight & Salvage



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