Lisa Ridgely, founder and leader of her Fainting Room crew, started performing as a solo singer-songwriter in 2009, and started her solo career collaborating with local musicians including Sigmund Snopek and Chris DeMay, among others.
Her solo efforts grew into a full band in 2011 (Lisa Ridgely & The Fainting Room); an acoustic singer-songwriter meets Americana twang and harmonies meets screaming rock guitar solos kind of deal. It’s a potent and dynamic mashup of the genres that influence the band as individuals and as a group.
Lisa’s singer-songwriter heroes include the brave, the sassy and the honest, particularly Kristin Hersh, Kathleen Edwards, Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten, Nathaniel Rateliff and Mason Jennings. The band’s influences are wide ranging, from Loretta Lynn to Nirvana and Metallica.
The group released its second EP, Heart Hot, in May 2014. The debut EP, Wine in Bed, was released in 2012.
Tune into WMSE’s Local/Live on Tuesday, June 24th to hear the live versions of those songs at the 6 o’clock hour — WMSE.org or 91.7 on your FM dial.