One of life's greatest joys is that of discovery.
From the first notes of the first songs on Lisa And Her Kin's
CD's, "Two Weeks In Texas" and "Chicken Shack,"
I knew that I had found a group as dedicated to keeping
the true sound of Country alive and well. I'm proud to
include them on my two radio shows.
My only regret is that there only two CD's. Can't wait to
see what you've got up your honky tonky sleeve on the
Twang: KCSN, 88.5fm (http://www.kcsn.org)
All Things Country: Heartland Public Radio on HPR1
Lisa & Her Kin: Press
"Honky-tonk reliables Lisa and Her Kin play music that's often as sad and lonesome in subject matter as it is earnest in conviction. Theirs is the kind of simple, country music--all steel guitars, fiddles and Lisa's rough, twangy vocals--that recalls a time when the home was on the range and Will Rogers and Henry Fonda were kings."
- Kim Colton Willamette Week
Lisa has a kind of rough and tumble voice, and style that is straight country/honky tonk. We all know there's not enough of it around any more! She wrote most of the tunes....Fool's Gold is my favorite, but there are several fine tunes. They can rock too, as on "Sugar Pop".
- MB Blue Suede News Summer Issue
"This band can whip out bluesy country-tonk with a powerful amount of soul. They laydown some hot licks and give us dance hall music so real you can smell the beer and cigarettes."
- Kathy Coleman Take Country Back
This is a versatile band that has set itself the task on this album of performing in traditional tones.They have succeeded. They sing and rock with 'River Of Regret" and "Only Mama That''ll Walk The Line".....Always in the foreground are the traditional country sounds of steel guitar, honky tonk piano and naturally Lisa's prominant, somewhat smokey and dark voice....Altogether we hear one first-rate mixture of lively and tranquil traditional country ballads.For fans of the tradition it's an absolute must!
- Iris Paech Western Mail Magazine:Specialist magazine for Country and Western Culture, Germany
PRESS RELEASE FOR COCKTAILS & WISHFUL THINKING
Cocktails & Wishful Thinking, the third release from Portland’s First Family of Country Music, is honky tonk heaven for those who like to do some two steppin’!
With producer Deke Dickerson at the helm and The Secret Society Recording Studio supplying the perfect atmosphere the Kin have truly outdone themselves.
The CD includes tunes penned by all three siblings. Chris Miller, who also supplies the bass tracks, brings the Texas flavored You Can Tell It To The Jukebox and Wine Wine Wine to the disc, Ian Miller, who sings his two, The One I Adore and Find Another Shoulder and adds the twangy guitar solos and Lisa Miller who sings everything else and wrote 6 of the fifteen songs on this new release will have you crying in your beer over No More Roses and heading to curch on Sunday with Solid Foundation. Steel player “cousin” Rusty includes his original instrumental Sawin’ On The Steel and NW ‘s favorite Jeff Minnick on drums.
Lisa & Her Kin enlisted Deke Dickerson to produce their latest CD, and Deke crops up on backing vocals and tambourine a bit as well. But even better news yet is that brother Chris is here on bass, and also contributing a couple of songs! We first saw Chris as part of Portland's Rockin' Razorbacks, but he spent many years of the last couple of decades working out of Austin. In case you weren't aware, the group also has Rusty Blake on pedal steel- he also plays guitar with The Lucky Stars, Rusty showcases on his own “Sawin On The Steel”, and Ian Miller shines as well. With a big brother like Chris, Ian Miller had a head start and has become a truly excellent Telecaster picker, and he also contributed a song to this fine Honky Tonk silver platter. Lisa wrote six of the tunes and the covers come from such sources as “Little Pink Mack” and Dolly Parton's first record “Puppy Love”. And Deke's old partner Dave Stuckey sings the duet on “Hog Tied Over You”. Solid Honky Tonk fare with such titles as “Tell It To The Jukebox”, “Wine Wine Wine” and 'Serve Me Up A Heartache”. Ian gets to shine on the final tune Spanish Flea”, one last cover before the lights go out, or you hit the replay button!
MB - Blue Suede News #93