Tuesday, October 30, 2007

LisaBeth Weber

Music composing, performing and recording is the second stream in LisaBeth Weber's creative flow. Her mom taught her three chords when she was 13, she says, and she took it from there.

Now she plays an acoustic steel- string guitar, "a little mandolin," and piano (though "not yet on stage"). Her new "record" "Fire Tower Sessions" -- just came out. Although it's a CD, Weber's trying to keep the word "record" alive, ar guing that all four of her CDs are in fact "recordings of her music." And this is her third record to be called a "session" another word she likes to use because of its old-time suggestiveness.

With Maggie Marshall, her "best friend and singing partner," Weber traveled to Nashville so Grammy- winning engineer-producer Bil VornDick could do the job. Weber had lucked into meeting him years ago, when he gave her a lift from Nashville to a music conference in Memphis. Although they spent four hours together in his car, it was years before she asked if he would produce her latest record.

The fire tower of the title was lo cated near VornDick's home, and the music on the record is Weber's usual mix of allusions to life all around her, especially relationships and some politics.

During the last few years, she has been involved with the Sundance and Philadelphia film festivals. She credits the movie, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" for tak ing her song-writing style in an old- timey direction. But it didn't end there: Weber and Marshall recently opened at the Sellersville Theater for none other than Ralph Stanley, whose "Man of Constant Sorrow" was a film standout.

Two of her songs have been played on NPR's "Car Talk" program. One could have been selected based on title alone: "Get Back in Your RV, Harvey." However, Weber's ultimate music dream is expressed in the name of one of her Web sites (silverscreen songs.com).

Those who wear many hats often produce a resume for each different skill set. That's true for Li saBeth Weber's Web sites. This woman of many pins among her art and music pursuits has designed a core site with many entrances -- but all roads lead to the same artistic source.

Read the entire article in NJ.com.
Written by Pay Summers

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