Lisa Gain’s Short Takes

Short TakesToday’s Short Takes arrives from the pen of singer, guitarist Lisa Gain of Lisa Gain & The Rusty Silos. She has a new song ‘Run’ featuring Tino and Erin Coburn. The song is a Columbus – Dayton – Cincinnati “Ohio Super Collab” and will be released on August 27th!2020-03-03 17.40.08-2

Lisa’s powerful voice captures such raw and stark emotion that to experience her music is to be transported into a space where we reflect on the decisions we and others make everyday. Her arrangements vary from Americana, folk, rock, country and beyond. The songs paint a picture on the emotional canvas.

We greatly appreciate Lisa taking the time out of her busy schedule to share the music that she is listening to right now with us.

Dr. J: What are you listening to right now?

I have always been a true lover and supporter of local Ohio music! I’m blown away by someone every time I get to go out and see live music in Ohio! So I am proud to say that the majority of my digital music library is currently music by Ohio musicians. Many of whom I’ve been fortunate to meet over the years. Ohio is chock full of talent! So before I get to the local musicians I’ve been jamming to lately, I’ll start with the much more widely known artist Suzanne Vega and her hit song “Luka” from 1987. I was only 10 years old when this song came out. All I knew was it was a nice happy tune that I found to be very catchy and enjoyed hearing on the radio as a child. Once I started playing coffee shops back in the mid 90’s I decided to add “Luka” to my setlist. Almost 10 years later hearing the song again, learning those lyrics it hit me that whoa this tune was really heavy! The story is way heavier than the sound. Suzanne Vega has some great more recent slower acoustic versions of this on youtube that are more fitting to the mood and I prefer those versions over the original recording now. Unfortunately there are a lot of Luka’s out there so the subject of domestic abuse is still relevant 34 years later and sadly it will always be a subject that should be spoken about and acknowledged.

My second recent jam is provided by Dayton’s Rap Artist TINO! (P.S. I’m SOOO Excited about our collaboration that will be coming out soon “Run”!!! I am not worthy!). His EP “Past Due” that he put out during the pandemic (May 2020) is great! One of the reasons I reached out to Tino and asked him to work with me is because in my opinion he has that old school 90’s sound that I always loved! I think some of the best rap music came out of that era and he takes me back to that time! His opening track “You know” is a great example of that. Nice catchy hook and you will know it’s TINO-O! His track “95 Tribe” really takes me back since I graduated High School in 95′. It’s always nice when you have a personal connection to a song. Even if it may mean something different to us the listener sometimes than what it means to the artist who wrote it. If you buy the EP you will get his bonus track “Summertime” which is one of my favorite tracks on the EP and it’s PERFECT for this time of year to jam to! All in all I love every track on this EP and highly recommend that you check out TINO and his other collaborations!

My third recent jams are provided by Cincinnati based Blues/Rocker Erin Coburn! I bought her album “Out from Under” at a live show a couple months back and had her sign it because if you don’t know who Erin is yet I’m sure you will in the near future! She recently got 2.9 million views on a Facebook live stream concert and I predict she is on her way to doing big things! I am so happy to support her along her journey! (P.S. Erin also collaborated with Tino and I on our upcoming single “Run”. I am not worthy!!.) She just turned 20 and has been playing guitar since she was just 7 years old. She plays like no woman I’ve ever had the pleasure to personally meet! Like an old soul that should have played in Woodstock! This album proves that not only is Erin a genius on the Guitar she also has soul in her voice and the subjects she writes about. The ENTIRE album is Fantastic, but some of my favorite tracks are the title track “Out from Under”. “Diggin’ you Heavy” is Amazing! “Your mind Gun” has a great guitar solo in it that reminded me of something Slash would do. “Trip on this” grabs you at the 1st line “Trip on this we don’t need the shrooms to get high”. Honestly all 11 tracks are standouts to me! I also HIGHLY recommend you see her live if you get the chance! She and her current band mates are phenomenal!!!

2020-03-03 17.52.30-1And last, but certainly not least is Dayton’s very own Gem, Windsor Knotts. I bought his album “Forgotten… But not Gone” the last time I went to the Dayton Songwriters Showcase Thursdays at the Yellow cab Tavern last June. I feel like Windsor is one of those unsung heroes. I met him over a decade ago when he was hosting the Showcase at the Canal Street Tavern here he is 10 years later still doing it to feed us artists. To feed our Souls with what we love to do. He and the yellow cab tavern helped me to keep my sanity by continuing to host these safe outdoor events during Covid-19 and providing me with a creative outlet that unfortunately my hometown of Columbus was not able to offer me at the time.

I can’t thank them enough for supporting local artist’s such as myself to the ones that may just be beginning. Windsor cheers us all to get on stage! I feel like I found a second home in Dayton with my music and the songwriters showcase is a huge part of that! It’s where I have meet so many other talented musicians! So when I bought Windsor’s album he warned me and said “It’s not normal”. I played it several times on my ride back home to that night. I truly enjoyed this album! Even the “Opossum” singing… lol.  I’d describe it in the vein of Bluegrass/Country. Sometimes it reminded me of old Grandpa Jones that my Dad used to spin on record. Comedic sometimes, yet other songs are serious. If you see Windsor out and about in Dayton buy his album and then please thank him for encouraging so many Ohio artists like me!

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Many thanks to Lisa for sharing some of her musical journey with us!

If you would like to contribute to a future Short Takes essay, just let us know at drjytaa on gmail.com! Our contact us through this page. We would love to feature more artists and listeners of Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative! Photos of Lisa Gain taken by Dr. J in the WUDR Studios.

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Today’s YTAA Playlist

The playlist today includes new music from Lydia Loveless, Al Holbrook, Bob Mould, Chris Forsyth, The Beths, Momma, Mike Bankhead and Tino, Waxahatchee, Speaking Suns, Rufrano, Nada Surf and more! Plus music from David Payne, Wussy, The Story Changes, The Typical Johnsons, Shrug, The Pullouts, Tim Pritchard, The 1984 Draft, The Nautical Theme, The Flamin’ Groovies, Me & Mountains, The Mayflies USA, Toxic Reasons, The Regrettes, American Werewolf Academy, Ass Ponys, Greg Dulli, Son Volt and Samantha Crain.

Some looking back indie courtesy of James, The Smiths, Graham Parker and The Rumour and Brainiac. And a live classic from The Replacements! We pay some small tribute to far overlooked songwriter Emitt Rhodes.

So give the playlist a listen or three!

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Video of The Day: TINO – You Know

Today’s video is the latest from TINO! You can read our review of the record! TINO also has more for you on his YouTube Channel! Subscribe to his channel for video and information updates! TINO blends wisdom with incredibly high energy rock and rap using a mix of “rhyme schemes and unique flows over music ranging from golden era boom bap to trap mixed with soul samples and electronica.”

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TINO ‘Past Due’

TINO - courtesy of the artist
TINO – courtesy of the artist

Amazing poet, rapper, musician and all around great guy — TINO has released the ‘Past Due’ EP on May 1!

‘Past Due’ is the fifth release from TINO. ‘Past Due’ is a follow up to his ‘Friendly Reminder’ mixtape which saw the artist dealing with the everyday problems of making ends meet in challenging circumstances, something we all can relate to these days.

‘Past Due’ delivers a sonic landscape that acknowledges the problems of the here and now but does not dwell on them. The record is wise without being condescending. It is challenging without being insulting. It is a rare gift in music to bond with listener in description of the dilemma of ‘trying to get through this thing called life’ and TINO is now an artist who faces the problems that we all have with work, family and more. On ‘Past Due’ Tino takes us by the hand and shows us that what we wanted in our youth are illusions, these objects will not make us happy. The things we thought that we wanted are trappings of a system of domination created to keep us happy, complacent and content while life passes us by at breakneck speed. TINO reminds us to look and listen, to linger over it before we lose it.

TINO’s growth is clearly evident when listening to his latest work and comparing past and present. The music has achieved another level. It is dense yet dance-able.If you listen to this and not want to move or sway, then you are far more stoic than us. Take for example, the excellent ‘You Know’ where the lyrics are warmly wrapped up in music that propels the lines from the start: “First things first, sorry for the delay, life heavy off track, but I’m back not a relay, so pass the baton, like a grateful pawn, now they must have heard what I ignored.” How does he deliver these lines with such speed, precision and delivery — yet never loses the feeling that allows the listener to enjoy and connect to the meaning of the music at the same time?

As an artist there is clear evolution and development in this latest record. TINO has moved from a talented but rough around the edges MC delivering charismatic struggle raps to a to an accomplished artist/wordsmith that possesses confidence behind the mic in shaping his unique vision. TINO has undoubtedly matured and the nuances of his experience of the dilemmas of everyday existence allows the listener to transcend their problems just like TINO. Both as an artist and as a poet, TINO has become a storyteller who captivates and excites and that is sorely needed.

‘Past Due” is available exclusively on Bandcamp as a “name-your-price” album, which allows anyone interested in excellent music, beats, arrangements and rhyme to hear this music. It is presented by the artist to provide a break from what has become our new blurred normal of sheltering in place. With TINO we can escape some of the ever present crisis by losing ourselves in excellent music for a time. And that is a gift.

Connect with TINO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and his website!

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