[FOLKED-UP GAGA] It’s not often I get to out point a musician from my small hometown of Ojai, Calif. Hell, it never happens, actually. Other than its tennis tournament and that Emma Stone movie Easy A
, the SoCal town is known for little more than its four-star golf resort. Yet, the onetime heartlander Elisabeth Maurus, aka Lissie, now calls Ojai her home. The singer-songwriter’s roots-y, pop-tinged debut, Catching a Tiger,
offers a similar style of expressive, whiskey-buzzed narration, akin to Brandi Carlile or Neko Case, but lately it seems like her Lady Gaga and Kid Cudi covers have been garnering all the hype. “Shameless,” the latest single from her forthcoming record, continues to shed her country-leaning, rustic appeal for grandiose pop-rock ambitions.
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