Ahead of Lisbee Stainton’s run of acoustic live dates in November (dates below), the highly acclaimed singer-songwriter has announced plans to release a new album, ‘Lisbee LIVE’ from which you can listen to Undertow, a song co-written with a long-time champion of Lisbee’s music, Tom Robinson.
Due for an official release in early 2018, Stainton will be making a stream of ‘Lisbee LIVE’ available on Spotify from 20th October, with a strictly limited edition of 300 physical copies available to buy exclusively at Stainton’s November tour dates at Bristol’s Louisiana (1st November), The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket (4th), The Live Rooms in Chester (5th), The Slaughtered Lamb in London (6th) and Talking Heads in Southampton (7th).
Regarding the new album, Stainton said, “I put together ‘Lisbee LIVE’ because I wanted to do something a bit different. I felt that to capture a selection of songs I’ve written, both old and new, in a stripped-back and almost vulnerable manner would allow them not only to be heard in a similar way to how I approach performing my headline solo shows but also to be heard as they were written. Listeners could perhaps hear them and discover them in a way they had never before.”
Now based in London, Hampshire-born Stainton’s career originally started in 2007 when she became the first unsigned artist to play London’s O2 Arena. Soon after, BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson discovered Stainton’ song ‘Red’, and his support subsequently led to Lisbee’s music being playlisted by BBC Radio 2.
In addition to releasing five studio albums (‘Firefly’ (2006), ‘Girl on an Unmade Bed’ (2010), ‘Go’ (2011), ‘Word Games’ (2014) and ‘Then Up’ (2017), Stainton has also toured with notable artists such as Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack and Seth Lakeman – the latter being so moved by Stainton’s live performances that he invited her to join his band in 2012.
Nine of the eleven tracks on ‘Lisbee LIVE’ are versions of previously released songs from Stainton’s studio albums. Of the two new songs, one was co-written with the aforementioned Tom Robinson. Stainton said, “I co-wrote ‘Undertow’ with Tom, which was intended to be a part of my latest studio album, ‘Then Up’, but sadly it didn’t make the final track listing. In hindsight, though, this was a stroke of luck, because I think the song fits wonderfully as a part of ‘Lisbee LIVE’.”
Stainton named the album ‘Lisbee LIVE’ partly for the simplicity of the approach to its creation, but also as a small nudge and a wink to those of her fans who participate in her monthly online gigs via her Facebook page, which are called ‘Lisbee LIVE’:
“Every song on the album was recorded in one take, so what you’re hearing is, quite simply, just me and my guitar. The 300 physical copies have been made with a view to giving my audience the opportunity to essentially ‘take the gig home’ at the end of the night; a show souvenir, if you will.”
Lisbee said, “I had so much fun touring my album ‘Then Up’ back in May, so I can’t wait to play these dates. Jack Rutter and I work really well together on stage, and the new songs were definitely written to be played live, so it’s a wonderful feeling to have the songs come alive around us. Performing in such intimate venues also allows for us to meet most of the audience, adding a personal dimension to each show. We’ll see you there!”
Lisbee Stainton’s November 2017 Tour Dates
Wed 1st Bristol Louisiana
Sat 4th Stowmarket John Peel Centre
Sun 5th `Chester Live Rooms
Mon 6th London Slaughtered Lamb
Tue 7th Southampton Talking Heads