Singer/Songwriter Lisa Morales Duet With The Late Award-Winning, Acclaimed Americana Musician Jimmy LaFave, “Avalanche,” Set For Release September 22

Singer/Songwriter Lisa Morales Duet With The Late Award-Winning, Acclaimed Americana Musician Jimmy LaFave, “Avalanche,” Set For Release September 22

Singer/Songwriter Lisa Morales Duet With The Late Award-Winning, Acclaimed Americana Musician Jimmy LaFave, “Avalanche,” Set For Release September 22

📅20 September 2017, 20:05

For Immediate Release                                                 September 20, 2017

 

Singer/Songwriter Lisa Morales 

Duet With The Late Award-Winning, 

Acclaimed Americana Musician Jimmy LaFave,

“Avalanche,” Set For Release September 22 at All Digital Retailers

 

Track Previews Second Solo Album,

Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun, Coming Soon

 

Lisa Morales

Listen to “Avalanche,” Lisa Morales’ duet with Jimmy LaFave here: http://bit.ly/2wDUDix

 

(San Antonio, Texas) – Lisa Morales has been writing songs and performing since childhood. And she getting ready to release her next solo album, Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun, which evokes the colors and rhythms of the Southwest. The album is preceded by the September 22 digital release of “Avalanche,” Morales’ duet with the late award winning, Americana chart topper, and critically acclaimed Austin-based singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave.

 

On the upcoming album, she sought to plumb emotional depths she hadn’t previously explored, addressing the sometimes rocky landscape of intimate relationships – both familial and romantic. Morales, who wrote or co-wrote all but one of the album’s 11 tracks, expresses those emotions via lyrics sung in a fluid mix of English, Spanish and Spanglish. 

 

Luna Negra is about going back to a poetic sense in Spanish,” explains Morales. “My mother was a PhD in Mexican literature, and she spoke to me in a poetic way. I returned to that in writing this album.”

 

Produced by keyboardist Michael Ramos (the BoDeans, Patty Griffin, John Mellencamp), Luna Negra features A-list Austin guitarists Charlie Sexton, Adrian Quesada and David Garza, as well as Los Lobos drummer Cougar Estrada, Los Lonely Boys bassist Jojo Garza and guest vocalists Eliza Gilkyson and LaFave.

 

LaFave’s aching voice wraps around hers as they duet on “Avalanche,” a gorgeous ballad of hurt and hope that carries an extra note of poignancy because he lost his battle with cancer not long after recording it.

 

The pain of loss is one theme that recurs in her lyrics, but the album also carries a sense of empowerment; on songs such as the Latin-flavored “I Want The Roses,” Morales makes it clear she’s no longer interested in men who don’t understand the importance of romance or commitment. Guitarron, Paraguayan harp and Ramos’ lacey accordion enhance her acoustic guitar strumming as she sings, “Perpetual motion keeps you from devotion/The surface is a safe place to be. …You want to make my mascara bleed/I want the roses so I’ve got to leave.”

 

Morales, who spent the summer touring with Grammy Award winners Texican rockers Los Lonely Boys, and will be touring with them and Mexican-American singer Lila Downs in the fall, first performed at age 4, with a local Mariachi band. She began writing songs at 7 and by age 10, had formed her first band with her sister, Roberta. As the group Sisters Morales, they’ve released five albums and toured with Los Lobos, Allison Krauss and Merle Haggard, among others – and will reunite Oct. 8 for a performance at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. 

 

Morales’ musical gene pool also includes a grandmother trained as a concert pianist, an aunt who played first-chair violin with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and a father with a voice as rich as Sinatra’s. And her cousin – and early role model – is Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt.

 

But as proud as she is of her heritage, Morales refuses to be defined by it – or any single aspect of her talents and influences. “I am not just Mexican music and I am not just a singer/songwriter,” she insists. “I am all that I grew up listening to, and as a musician I can hold my own.”

 

She loved pop and rock as much as she loved traditional Mexican music, and knew early on that she would have to forge her own path and build her sound – and her audience – organically.

 

Upon hearing her first solo album, Beautiful Mistake, critics were quite willing to help. Calling her voice “flat-out dazzling,” Lone Star Music magazine declared the album “a revelation – and as heart-rending and riveting a record that you’re likely to hear from any serious singer-songwriter this year.”

 

The Austin Chronicle raved, “Beautiful Mistake reveals her unerring ear and compelling voice,” while Houston’s KPFT Radio praised Morales for her “poetic writing and music that soothes the soul.”

 

Daughter of the Sun represents me,” says Morales. “It’s the beginning of something bright.”

 

Tour Dates

Aug. 26, Galveston, TX, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe

Sept. 16, Houston, TX, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck (as Sisters Morales)

Oct. 4, Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre (with Lila Downs)

Oct. 6, Dallas, TX, Annette Strauss Square (with Lila Downs)

Oct. 8, San Francisco, CA, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (as Sisters Morales)

Oct. 21, Boerne, TX, Round Up Beer Garden (with Los Lonely Boys)

Nov. 16-17, Austin, TX, Antone’s (with Los Lonely Boys)

Jan. 26, Houston, TX McGonigel’s Mucky Duck  – Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun CD Release Party

 

More to come.

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