Liz Mandville Greeson spent the late 1980s running up and down the road with her R&B band the Supernaturals. She played thousands of gigs, from smoky biker bars to swanky theatres, casinos to yacht clubs, honing her musical chops and crowd-pleasing skills. In 1994, a chance meeting with bassist Aron Burton led to Lizâ€™ subsequent performance with him at the 1994 Chicago Blues fest, two tracks on his 1996 Earwig release, â€œAron Burton Liveâ€, and a long-standing performing relationship. â€œLiveâ€ also marked Lizâ€™s recording debut and the beginning of her professional association with Earwig Music Company.
Liz holds the distinction of being the only white vocalist to perform regularly at the internationally known Blue Chicago nightclubs, where she held court from 1994 to 1999. Backed by former Junior Wells bandleader George Baze, Liz contributed two tracks to the 1998 Blue Chicago release, "The Red Hot Mamas". While at Blue Chicago, Liz had the opportunity to work with a veritable whoâ€™s who of contemporary blues men: Willie Kent, Michael Coleman and Maurice John Vaughn, among others. Albert Collinsâ€™ alumni, Aron Burton (bass), Allen Batts (keys), and Dave Jefferson, (longtime Albert King drummer), made up Lizâ€™ rhythm section for the latter part of the 1990s, and played on her first two CDs released by Earwig Music Company of Chicago.
On stage itâ€™s magic! Hip shakin' Liz gets the crowd dancing with the first blast of her powerful, four octave, soul-drenched voice. She is a high voltage performer and a red hot mama. She is also solid as an acoustic and electric guitar player and her rub board playing adds a spicy back-porch feel. Equally at home in an intimate club setting or on a festival stage, she is a total professional, on time and in control! She continues to tour internationally to critical acclaim, gaining new many devoted fans at each show. She also has a large amount of recorded material and is looking at releasing one or two more albums in the near future.
â€œBrassy, sassy singer with a knack for writing spicy, blues flavored songs that can rock and rollick." -Blues Revue
"She delivers...with unimpeachable enthusiasm and lusty gusto. Look at her indeed." â€¨- Living Blues
"Equally at home with a rocker or a ballad, Liz really delivers the goods here ... Several of the ballads are outstanding ... We were really partial to the uptempo numbers, though. Billy Branch's harp shines behind Liz's swinging vocals (on three cuts) ... Get this CD and laugh, cry, and rejoice right along with Liz Mandville Greeson." - The Crows, Music Ciry Bluesletter
"This is a great CD. You need to shove it into your machine and spend some time with it... Back In Love Again is a collection of 13 quite amazing songs laid down by a consummate blues woman backed up by that breathtaking hard to define essence that can only take place when Chicago blues people gather together in the studio in Chicago with a real purpose in mind ... There are some surprises ... there is more than just blues here ... The Gift (track 4) has a blend of roots elements as broad as the American landscape ... torch songs, songs of lament, gospel tinged numbers, hell, the CD has just about everything going for it. It has major succes written all over it." - George Seedorff, Big City Blues
Check out the artist's website:
1. Soul Tender
2. Juicehead Man
3. All Alone
4. The Gift
5. Face The Music
6. Back In Love Again
7. For Real
8. Johnny And Me
9. The Night Thing
10. All My Love
11. Lip Service
12. Broken-hearted Fool
13. Shine Clear With Joy