MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE

Lisa Lambert – Come On Home

 

A native of the beautiful state of Mississippi, Lisa Lambert is a throwback to a bygone era in Country Music. She takes you back to a time when people still sat on the resident porch during the afternoons in the summer, when a trip to the lake for a fishing experience was a bigger deal than the new video game on Xbox or PS3.

There’s a lot of fiddle and steel here, and it’s played beautifully by session masters Joe Spivey and Steve Hinson, respectfully. You can hear their talents throughout the disc, bur especially on the romantic ballad “In Your Arms Again” and “Lipstick In Bed,” which takes the romantic element a little bit further. She adds the right touch of heart to the poetic “Eighty Trips Around The Sun” and the patriotic “Freedom,” which reminds us that though we enjoy it as Americans, it’s far from being free.

Though there are several sweetly sung moments on this disc, such as the heartfelt Gospel-ish “Come On Home,” where Lambert really scores is on the pain-drenched story song “Daddy’s Home,” which tells the story of the terror that a father evokes over his children. It’s the heaviest song on the disc, and I think that’s why it works so well. Sadness and tragic situations are as much a part of life as the good times. It’s a brilliantly performed story song, that she wrote with husband Scott Nunley.

Come On Home doesn’t contain any cool-sounding drum loops or hip hop grooves, but that’s for another audience. If you like Country Music small-town, dinner-on-the-ground style, this might be right up your alley!

For more information, log on to www.LisaLambertMusic.com

*THIS REVIEW ALSO APPEARS IN "MUSIC NEWS LOS ANGELES"http://www.musicnewslosangeles.com/lisa-lambert-come-home

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Lisa Lambert gives us a live preview of her new album. The longtime front-woman for renowned bluegrass band The Pine Ridge Boys has just released her own solo CD with her brand of Mississippi music.

 

 

NORTHEAST MS DAILY JOURNAL

‘Come On Home’: 

Lisa Lambert releases country album full of storytelling songs

by Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
  
Listen to Lisa Lambert’s music, check out tour dates and more at lisalambertmusic.com. Beginning in March, you can see Lambert regularly at the Iuka American Legion the first Friday of every month.
Listen to Lisa Lambert’s music, check out tour dates and more at lisalambertmusic.com. Beginning in March, you can see Lambert regularly at the Iuka American Legion the first Friday of every month.
If Tishomingo County had a sound, it might just be the country music created by Lisa Lambert.

Lambert, a bluegrass and country singer-songwriter from Iuka, is preparing to release her new album, “Come On Home: Songs and Stories From Tishomingo County,” on Feb. 1.

“Come On Home” is full of stories: “Most are personal experiences or stories passed down; others are just plain fun,” Lambert said. “Somebody said it’s the album of a lifetime. It’s the span of a lifetime.”

Lambert and her husband, Scott Nunley, wrote the songs together.

Lambert recalls a childhood memory of a fisherman named Salty in “My Fisherman and Me,” honors family with tunes like “Living Room Waltz” and “Eighty Trips Around the Sun,” and pays tribute to the troops in “Freedom.”

“It’s good and bad and sweet and funny,” Lambert said. “They are stories that most people, even if they haven’t been to Tishomingo County, can relate to.”

Lambert collaborated with Nashville producer Kim Copeland on the album and recorded it in the Music City. Copeland hired a host of talented musicians to back up Lambert, and many of them have worked with the likes of Dolly Parton and Tim McGraw. “Come On Home” was recorded late last year.

“We scheduled it for three weeks in October, but we finished it in one week,” she said. “They said it was the quickest CD with a new artist ever recorded. But I’m not new; I’m just new to Nashville.”

Indeed, “Come On Home” is Lambert’s fifth album but the first recorded in Nashville.

It’s also the first to be completely full of country music, even though most fans know Lambert as a bluegrass musician. She and her former band, the Pine Ridge Boys, were bluegrass favorites until the group disbanded last year.

“It’s traditional country, but it’s definitely a country CD,” Lambert said. “But I can always play (the songs) in a bluegrass style.”

Lambert has a host of concerts coming up to promote the release of the album.

In addition to playing at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe the day the album is released, she’ll perform at Thacker Mountain Radio in Oxford on March 28 and at the Iuka American Legion the first Monday of every month beginning in March.

Making music is what makes Lambert happiest.

“I like to tell a story whether I make it up or if it’s a true story,” she said. “I like for something to have a little background to it.”

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CD Release Party

“COME ON HOME” will be released Feb. 1, but fans can pick up a copy a day early at Lisa Lambert’s show at Martha’s Menu at 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

ON FEB. 1, Lambert will perform at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

THE CD is $12.

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI DAILY JOURNAL

Good Music from Good Friends Lisa Lambert and The Pine Ridge Boys take fun seriously

by M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

 

 

On most Thursdays, Lisa Lambert and The Pine Ridge Boys gather in Dennis at the home of Lambert and Scott Nunley to practice, before hitting the road for concerts on Friday and Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Nunley, Lambert, Bobby Dennis, Bryan Sparks, Lynn Grissom and Nolan Wells. (C. Todd Sherman)

 

 

A member of Lisa Lambert and The Pine Ridge Boys and the Sparks Family Singer s, Bryan Sparks’ voice sometimes sounds like a mournful train whistle floating across the top of a song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lynn Grissom’s character, Homer Hoehandle, and his comedy songs have become a crowd favorite at concerts. (C. Todd Sherman)

 

 

 

Back in the day, The Pine Ridge Boys were at the cutting edge of modern technology. It was the 1950s, when channel 9 in Tupelo ran a contest, and The Pine Ridge Boys won a television show.

“We called it a hillbilly band then,” said Bryan Sparks, an 81-year-old Belmont resident and mandolin player.

“We were on one night a week,” said Dobro and guitar player Nolan Wells, 72, of Golden. “We were live.”

The station’s signal carried to parts of Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and beyond, and thousands of pieces of mail reached them in Tupelo.

“The reason we quit channel 9 is Martha White wanted to put us on the road,” Sparks said. “We weren’t quite ready for that.”

Band members had jobs and families. The charms of the open road weren’t nearly enough to pull them away.

Flash forward more than 60 years, and you’ll find The Pine Ridge Boys once again at the forefront of technology. Now known as Lisa Lambert and The Pine Ridge Boys, the group is on Twitter, Facebook and youtube.com, and downloads are available at Amazon, Rhapsody and Jango.

“We’re high-tech rednecks,” said Lambert, a Dennis resident who sings and plays guitar and fiddle. She also handles the band’s Internet interests.

If you’re looking for a live experience, the group performs at churches, festivals and schools. During concerts, the men wear black vests, and Lambert wears a red one.

“She’s the show-off,” Wells said.

“She wears a different vest so they know she’s a girl,” said Bobby Dennis, a 79-year-old from Iuka who plays upright bass.

Every other week, the band plays at the American Legion in Iuka. The group also makes regular appearances at Northeast Mississippi Bluegrass Association shows in the old Booneville Hardware Building.

“We play music and have a good time together,” Lambert said.

“And eat,” Wells said.

“And eat well,” added Lynn Grissom, a 61-year-old banjo player from Red Bay, Ala.

“They pay us some, but they always feed us,” said Dennis resident Scott Nunley, 61, who plays mandolin and harmonica, and also drives the van.

“That’s what got us in the shape we’re in,” Lambert said, patting her belly.

Another go

The second incarnation of The Pine Ridge Boys has been making music together since 2007.

“It’s been a heck of a ride,” Wells said.

“We try to practice once a week, usually on Thursday,” Nunley said. “We like to play every Friday and Saturday. We have probably done 250 songs on stage.”

“Not at the same time,” Lambert clarified.

You’re getting a sense of these people, right? Lambert already explained their basic philosophy: “We like to have a good time.”

In the 1950s, The Pine Ridge Boys saw how life on the road could become a grind. Making music shouldn’t be work.

“We have a lot of fun wherever we go,” Sparks said. “People pick up on it. If they see you having fun, they have fun, too.”

The members share singing duties. If pressed, they’d admit to being a bluegrass band, but they like to slip straight-up blues into the mix, as well as old-time country and gospel.

“Really, we call it hillbilly blues,” Lambert said.

For the most part, they play cover tunes, but Lambert has written original songs for the band. They also play songs by the late Buford Wells, a founding member of The Pine Ridge Boys and Nolan Wells’ older brother.

“We do a variety of music,” Sparks said. “If you do the same old songs, you’re going to wear the crowd out.”

Speaking of crowds, Grissom has become a favorite at shows, but fans don’t know him by his real name. As Homer Hoehandle, the son of Mr. Axhandle and Mrs. Broomhandle, Grissom delivers comedy and novelty songs. One of his offerings celebrates the joy of having a “Snuff Dipper” as a girlfriend.

“He has an alternate personality,” Lambert said. “He said, ‘I don’t sing,’ but we found out later that, like the rest of this group, he’s crazy.”

“What I’m hoping for someday is Homer Hoehandle and The Pine Ridge Boys,” Grissom said.

Helping out

Right about now, the word “serious” might not be jumping to mind, but don’t be fooled. The band members are dedicated to making good music to go along with their good fun.

The Mississippi Arts Commission agrees. Lisa Lambert and The Pine Ridge Boys were selected to MAC’s Artist Roster program.

With help from MAC grants, the group visits schools throughout the region to teach kids about the music they play. It’s a one-hour class with a 20-minute concert.

“The highlight of the thing is when you put an instrument in a kid’s hands,” Sparks said.

“Their eyes get really big,” Dennis said.

“We put the instruments out and let them play around,” Lambert said. “It’s a musical petting zoo.”

If an instrument clicks with one of the kids, a member of The Pine Ridge Boys will gladly help them learn more. Over the years, Sparks has taught several other mandolin players.

“When I was a kid, nobody wanted to show you nothing,” Sparks said. “I said if I ever lived to be in a position to help a kid, I would. I’m glad I have.”

“This band is unusual,” Lambert said.

“You can say that again,” Grissom said.

“We’re not selfish,” Sparks said.

“That’s it,” Lambert said.

“I have two musicians who want to get on the waiting list for the band,” Dennis said. “They said they’ve never played in a band where everyone works to make everybody else sound good.”

“It’s a great thing when each member does well and everybody is happy,” Lambert said. “It’s not always like that.”

“Bryan (Sparks) set the example for the rest of us,” Nunley said.

“We never put nobody down,” Sparks said.

“Y’all did me,” Nolan protested.

“That’s different,” Dennis said.

With that, Lisa Lambert and The Pine Ridge Boys erupted in laughter. If fun doesn’t follow the band members around, they’ll find some or make their own. Life’s too short to do it any other way.


Contact M. Scott Morris
at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.

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MATINEE CONCERT SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) - A group of fourth grade students at one Lee County Elementary School were treated to some entertainment Thursday afternoon. Lisa Lambert & The Pine Ridge Boys performed at Saltillo Elementary. The bluegrass band from Belmont came and educated the students on music thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. It's called the Whole Schools Initiave. "In the fourth grade they're social studies benchmarks include learning about Mississippi," says Gena Yarbrough, Lee County Schools Elementary Art teacher. "They learn about the history of Mississippi and bluegrass music is an important part of that musical history and heritage."

LIVE FROM MEMPHIS - Center For Southern Folklore

"Mixing gospel and secular bluegrass music ‑ sprinkled with a little blues, jazz, and real country music ‑ the band puts a new twist on forgotten classics. In the process, they've unearthed a new audience for this old-timey music. Not only that, but they're lots of fun too!"

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"I just met her a few weeks ago out at the Sparks Family Music Park in Dennis, where she and the Pine Ridge Boys were performing for the Music Box Project about women in roots music. She has a special Fourth of July song to share, and it's terrific, so I thought I'd share it here...."

North Mississippi Daily Journal - HEADLINE

AMERICANA WOMEN filmmakers stop in Belmont on Journey to document women in roots music. Dyann and Rick Arthur are traveling the country in search of a rare species: female instrumentalists. That journey has brought the Arthurs to the Sparks Family Music Park in Dennis, outside Belmont, where they're listening and talking to Lisa Lambert. Lambert and the Pine Ridge Boys pick and sing, playing a mix of old-time gospel tunes, bluegrass standards and Lambert-penned songs so fresh the ink hasn't dried on them yet. All the while, Dyann and Rick pick and sing along, tap their toes and record everything they can. Read more: NEMS360.com - Filmmakers stop in Belmont on journey to document women in roots music

The Commercial Appeal

...In its second incarnation, the Pine Ridge Boys have been almost as busy as they were in their salad days a half century ago. The band has recorded two albums, Gospel Songs From the Mississippi Hills (2008) and Blues Songs From the Mississippi Hills (2009). They also have two more — a gospel and a secular disc, both of which feature vintage recordings from the original Pine Ridge Boys alongside new material from the current lineup — in the works. Lambert says the discs should be ready in the coming weeks and that they may have advance copies at Saturday’s show. And in a move that harkens back to the Pine Ridge Boys old TV show, the band has been filming a web series called “Music From the Mississippi Hills,” accessible through the band’s Web site, lisalambertmusic.com, that features live performances and interviews. “The Pine Ridge Boys has been an extremely exciting adventure,” says Lambert. “We’re working on putting our own spin on those old songs that the guys sang years and years ago. And of course we still write new songs, as well. I grew up playing more country blues. So as we blended our sounds together we ended up with what we call ‘hillbilly blues,’ which is grass with a little soul. And that pretty much covers all of Mississippi right there.”...

The Daily Corinthian

"It was a bitterly cold night, but it was a night of good, old-time gospel and bluegrass music at the VFW/American Legion post in Iuka on Friday night, Jan. 16. Lisa Lambert and The Pine Ridge Boys played to a large and appreciative crowd. This band spends time in practice and it shows! Lynn Grissom's banjo and Nolan Wells' dobro guitar blend well with the vocals of Scott Nunley, Curley Ward, Lisa Lambert and Brian Sparks. Grissom hails from Red Bay, AL. Wells goes solo on "The Way I Am," a Merle Haggard song from the past, and he handles it well. Bobby Dennis provided bass support and sang one song: "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine." Possible the best received song judging by the crowd reaction was Scott Nunley's singing of "Good Morning Neighbor"!...." — Alan Hendrix, The Daily Corinthian