FIRST TIME, LONG TIME (EP) is the first solo recording release of Lisa Said, Egyptian-American songstress. For these songs, she delves into her roots to represent the music she heard growing up in the hills of Tennessee—oldies, pop, folk, soul, and Arabic music.
Now living on the outskirts of Washington, DC, Lisa recorded these songs with legendary punk producer/engineer Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studio throughout most of 2015. Lisa came into the studio with the intention of finding the sweet spot between early 70s folk-rock and North African percussion. This project was jump-started with the contributions of Andrew Toy, a Washington, DC drummer who can play Middle Eastern percussion, the kind of drummer Lisa had been searching for...for years.
These songs were written as far back as 10 years ago, during breaks and in-between days of playing with other bands—garage, rock, powerpop, & art-rock—and represent her more folk & country side. It wasn’t until her last band dissolved that she decided to finally bring these songs out of the darkness.
Fueled by pistachios and bourbon, these songs took the long route—some easy roads, some sharp turns and meanderings. Great talent led to more great talent. The music felt its way through the dark, arriving at the most textured and serendipitous convergence of talent and sound.
There are more songs to come along in 2016 for a full album. FIRST TIME, LONG TIME is the first baby that's arrived after the first nine months.
released November 17, 2015
Lisa Said - vocals, acoustic guitar
Andrew Toy - drums, percussion
Seth Kauffman - bass, guitars, tambura, sitar +
Jon Carroll - piano, organ, bass on BEEN AROUND
Al Sevilla - mandolin
Justin Harbin - bass on HARD TO BRAKE
Produced by Lisa Said & Don Zientara
Sound Engineered by Don Zientara
Recorded at Inner Ear Studio
Mixed by Bill Reynolds & Jason Kingsland
Mastered by Don Zientara
Design by Lisa Shenouda
Cover photo by Pam Janz
Lisa Said (pron. Sa’yeed) is an Egyptian-American singer/songwriter who grew up in Tennessee...yearning to get out. She
learned how to play guitar hanging out with punks, hippies, and rock & rollers after college living up and down the East Coast. Now in Washington D.C., her solo music is riddled with '70s nostalgia and mashups of her musical past....more