Your First Sweetheart
In the Fall of 2002, after a year or so of playing in the Boston subways, Lisa Bastoni packed up her gear and hit the road. After swinging out to California and back on a tour of coffee shops and sidewalks, making just enough in tips to get to the next town, she holed up in her grandfather's old barn/sculpture studio in Connecticut. Tired and in a funk, she got a job at the Starbucks around the corner and tried to stay put. While attempting to quit music, the songs poured out. The road called. The songs kept coming. The road hung up and called back later. The songs on Your First Sweetheart were mostly written in the barn, though one was written in a laundromat in Nashville, another inside a tent during a west Texas thunderstorm. In addition to Lisa's acoustic guitar, you will hear Josh Kantor on upright bass, Sean Staples (Resophonics) on mandolin, bouzouki and banjo, and Lloyd Thayer on lap steel. The album was recorded over the course of two weeks in February 2004 at Tree House Music in Arlington, Massachusetts. At the time of the release of Your First Sweetheart, Lisa moved from CT back to the Boston area, where she continued play both above and below ground before moving to Austin, TX. A year away was enough to make Lisa homesick for New England. She moved back to MA (again!) in April, 2006.