Lisa Mann

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Lisa Mann
Born West Virginia, United States
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres Electric blues
Occupation(s) Bassist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1990s–present

Lisa Mann is an American electric blues bassist, songwriter and singer.[1] Her influences include Etta James, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, and Little Milton. She writes most of her material, and has released four albums to date.[2] In 2015 and 2016, she won a Blues Music Award.[3]

Life and career

Mann was born in West Virginia, United States.[1] As a young child she and her sister, Maryann, were moved to Portland, Oregon, from Milpitas, California, as an escape from her abusive father. Somewhat inspired after hearing the bass line of the Imperial Guard music in Star Wars, Mann purchased her first bass guitar at age eleven. She learnt to play after listening to work by Deep Purple, Cream, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. She graduated to studying the blues and began a professional career at the age of 19. After playing in the Seattle rock scene, Mann travelled back to Portland and stood in as Paul deLay's substitute bassist. She originally played a four string bass, but moved onto a six string version to fill out her burgeoning rhythm and blues inspired sound.[1]

In 2011, Mann performed with her backing ensemble, the Really Good Band, in the International Blues Challenge, reaching the semi-final stage.[2][4] She released her ultimately well received album, Satisfied, in 2012.[5]

Mann's 2014 album, Move On, paid tribute to her mother, whose lengthy illness prior to her death led Mann to stressful times, causing the loss of her own voice for several months prior to recording the album. Move On appeared in the Living Blues chart and made the Top 20 of the Roots Music Reports Blues Album Chart in May 2014.[1] The album included her cover of Little Milton's "The Blues Is Alright".[5] The first single from Move On entitled "You Don't Know," was issued in March 2014.[6]

Mann appeared at the Waterfront Blues Festival in 2009,[4] where she also married fellow musician, Allen Markel.[7] She appeared at the Festival again in 2015.[8]


Mann has been inducted into the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame, and has gained the Muddy Waters Award for Bass Player of the Year three times.[2] In 2012, she was also awarded the Portland Music Award for Outstanding Achievement in Blues.[4]

In May 2015, Mann was granted a Blues Music Award in the 'Instrumentalist - Bass' category.[3] In 2016, she again won this award.[9]



Year Title Record label
2006 Self Material Self released
2010 Lisa Mann Self released/CD Baby
2012 Satisfied Self released
2014 Move On Self released
2016 Hard Times, Bad Decisions Self released


See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Portland Blues Sensation Lisa Mann Explains why She had to "Move On" | American Blues Scene Magazine". Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  2. ^ a b c "Lisa Mann Music, Lyrics, Songs, and Videos". Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  3. ^ a b "2015 Blues Music Awards Winners". Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  4. ^ a b c "Lisa Mann | Biscuits & Blues". Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  5. ^ a b "Lisa Mann – Move On | Album Review". 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  6. ^ "Bassist, Vocalist, Songwriter Lisa Mann Releases New Rhythm & Blues CD, Move ON". 2014-03-29. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  7. ^ Rudoff, John (2009-07-04). "Lisa Mann, Allen Markel Wedding | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  8. ^ "Lisa Mann". 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2015-05-18.
  9. ^ "2016 Blues Music Awards Winner List". Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  10. ^ "Lisa Mann | Discography". AllMusic. 2006-04-04. Retrieved 2015-05-18.

External links

  • Official website
  • Mann interview (2012)
  • "Surrender to the Blues" - (September 2013)
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