All these songs are my interpretation of stories told to me by nomadic street kids in Portland, Oregon. A portion of the proceeds will go to Outside In, a Portland organization that works with youth living on the street.
"Nothing is held back, nothing dressed up. Struggle, endeavour and resilience walk hand-in-hand, each story standing or falling on its merits. Much of its power comes from the Liz de Lise’s brand of Americana folk blending tradition with innovation, and of course her uniquely absorbing voice, which adds a necessary intense edge." Tom Franks
"From start to finish "To & Fro” (EP) by Liz de Lise delivers the Psychedelic Soulful Gyspy Folk mojo and is a consistently uplifting 6 Track release...The writing, playing and singing abilities of Liz de Lise and her contributors literally blew me away. Her amazing approach to songwriting and multi instrumentation approach is something millions of people should gravitate towards." Cyrus Rhodes
released July 29, 2014
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Liz de Lise: Guitars, vocals, chain
Louis deLise: Accordion, marimba, percussion, piano, Wurlitzer sample
Jonathan DeLise: Featured soloist, “Ode”
Hannah Goodman and Dana Schwartz: Background choir, “Star Fire”
Tracy Grammer: Background vocals, “Home/less” and “Strangers”
Lyz King, Emily Morse, Skyler Volpe: Background choir, “Pan” and “The End”
Steve Beskrone: Double bass, “Ode” and “Home/less”
Aqeel Bhatti: Tabla, “Pan”
Mirjam Ingolfsson: Cello, “Home/less” and “The End”
Bruce McFarland: Banjo, “Strangers” and “Star Fire”
Jess Molan: Double bass, “Strangers”, “Pan”, “Star Fire” and “The End”
Allan Slutsky: Mandolin, “Ode” and “Strangers”
Additional singers and swarthy crew, “Ode”: Timothy Bretschneider, Jim DeLise, Jonathan DeLise, Ella DeLise, Olivia DeLise, Hannah Goodman, Elena Marino, Josh Mayer, Emily Morse, Justin Totora, Dana Schwartz, Skyler Volpe
All songs written by Liz de Lise
All songs arranged by Liz de Lise and Louis deLise
Produced and recorded by Louis deLise
Assistant producer and recordist: Liz de Lise
Mastered by Peter Humphreys of MasterWork Recording
Artwork by Catherine Monahon, Emma Podietz, and Alicia Toldi
Typography and layout by Alicia Toldi
Photo by Hadley Brooks¬
To my family and the old and new friends who made this album possible: Your hard work and generosity are the cornerstone of this album. Thank you.
To my pals: the creativity you inspire abounds. You make me laugh, you help me grow. Thanks for coming to see me play.
To my family, my brothers, sisters-in-law, and Theresa: you are a constant source of love and delicious meals. Salut!
To mama: for your sense of humor. You speak the truth.
To Professor Anthony Graesch: Thank you for believing I had something worth sharing.
To Eliza and Catty: Thanks for letting me tag along on the road trip. ’Twas the beginning this journey.
To the Portland friends and street kids: your warmth and openness will stay with me forever. If you are reading this, drop me a line, wherever you may be.
And to Dr. dad: This has been quite the journey. Thank you for the special lullaby. Best graduation present ever.