The journey of LZ Phoenix continues as they announce the release of their third CD â€œSinging Gospel In Austinâ€. LZ Phoenix was formed in 1999 when San Francisco singing sensation LZ Love met Phoenix while they were both active in the world famous Glide Ensemble under the leadership of Rev. Cecil Williams. The vocal duo released two CDs with their band over the next three years while the local live music scene all but evaporated and recording industry plummeted. In June of 2004 LZ Phoenix migrated away from the Bay Area in search of a strong music culture. They landed in Austin, Texas â€œThe Live Music Capital of the Worldâ€. There they formed a new band with local artists.
Moving to Austin put them back in touch with the music of their childhood and early musical development, back to their roots. LZ was brought up in the church singing Gospel music and Phoenix cut his teeth on roots, rock and blues. When the duo arrived in Austin they found themselves competing with 2500 local bands for gigs in an estimated 100 venues. They immediately began to seek the right fit for their music and one Sunday morning they were turned on to a little taqueria called Mariaâ€™s Taco Express where hundreds of people congregate on Sundays for â€œhippie Gospelâ€. They come to hear â€œThe Royal Crown Golden Harmonizorsâ€. They eat breakfast burritos, drink margaritas and dance. â€œIt was the coolest South Austin scene we had encountered,â€ says Phoenix, â€œWe dropped by to listen and we gave Maria our CD and asked for a gig. She promised to get back to us later and then LZ just walked up on the stage and asked the band to play â€œAmazing Graceâ€. She just ripped it up and when the crowd was finally done applauding I heard Maria yell, â€œJoo got dee geeg, Babyâ€!
LZ Phoenix began working Sunday brunches all around Austin as well as club dates around central Texas. â€œPeople at the Sunday Gospel gigs where always asking for a CD of the music they just heard us playâ€, said Phoenix â€œThatâ€™s when it dawned on me to produce a roots Gospel CD. It was really a no Brainerâ€. Both LZ and Phoenix wanted to capture the authentic and soulful sound they were creating live every Sunday. The band recorded this CD live in a one-room studio at Sound Lab in Austin. The only exceptions were a few guitar tracks added after the initial sessions and an additional LZ vocal track used thinly. Dan Tomlinson, long time drummer for Lyle Lovett, engineered the sessions and Wayne Chance at the University of Texas, Austin engineered the mix and mastering processes.
What they captured was pure roots/blues gospel with an Austin flare. â€œIt was a joy to record this CD says LZ Love, Recording â€œSinging Gospel In Austinâ€ was a bit like reliving my childhood. These songs were recorded with honesty and that helps bring more passion and emotion in these tracks. When you record live like this there is no place to hide.â€
LZ Phoenix will be promoting their new CD with 5 San Francisco Bay Area shows
April 21 Fox Theater, Redwood City 8pm, April 22 (CD Release) Sweetwater, Mill Valley 9pm, April 24, CafÃ© DuNord, San Francisco 8pm, April 29, Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco 9pm, April 30th Private fundraiser for underprivileged Children. Check www.lzphoenix.com for details.
See Bio information at www.lzphoenix.com
Check out the artist's website:
1. Don't You Let Nobody Turn You Around
2. Wade In The Water
3. Amazing Grace
4. Glory Glory
5. Keep on Living
6. Elijah Rock
7. We Shall Not Be Moved
8. Down By The Riverside>Amen>This Little light Of Mine