NO TURN LEFT BEHIND (LP) is the debut solo album of Lisa Said, Egyptian-American singer/songwriter. 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 and early 2016. 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.
POPDOSE "...everything about this album is right; she has the gift of constructing memorable songs; quality melodies and smart (probably beyond her years) lyrics" — Rob Ross
NO DEPRESSION "...an impressive debut—sexy, smart, and eminently playable." — Jeff Burger
INNOCENT WORDS "...Lyrically, comparisons to folks like Dylan and Kristofferson are warranted as she has a way of taking relatable topics and making them come off as fresh and original."— John B. Moore
released August 26, 2016
Produced by Lisa Said & Don Zientara
Sound Engineered by Don Zientara
Recorded at Inner Ear Studios
Mixed by Jason Kingsland & Bill Reynolds
Mastered by Don Zientara
Lisa Said — vocals, acoustic guitar
Andrew Toy — drums, percussion
Jon Carroll — accordion, piano, organ, bass (8)
Seth Kauffman — electric guitars, bass, tambura +
Kip Jones — violin, mandolin (6)
Al Sevilla — mandolin (1,5)
Justin Harbin — bass (1,3,7)
Don Zientara — bass (2)
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