Lissie Guest DJs on The Morning Mix

Lissie’s first song is “Wharf Rat” by the Grateful Dead. “That’s a song that I love the way the dynamics filled, and I’m a huge Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia fan.”

The second song of Lissie’s set is Lana Del Rey’s “Ride”. “You know, Lana Del Rey was someone that when she initially came out I wasn’t quite sure what I thought, but as I got into more of her material I think she’s just absolutely brilliant. She almost reminds me of Johnny Cash in this song, “Ride”, and the video for it is amazing. If you haven’t seen the video you should definitely check it out.”

The last song Lissie picked was Andy William’s version of “Moon River”. “Because that’s just a beautiful song, no matter how many times I hear it. It puts me into a nice mood, it’s kind of sentimental and mellowing. It make’s me feel kind of nostalgic.” Cindy asked Lissie what she thought of Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, and it turns out that Lissie isn’t a fan.  “I saw that movie for the first time just a couple years ago, and I actually found her character quite irritating.” 

Lissie has a new album out called Back to Forever. She recently released a music video for her song “Further Away Romance Police”. The video was filmed in Rock Island, Illinois. “I left there when I was 18 to follow my dreams, but within the last 5 years I’ve been drawn back to Rock Island. And my dog stays there with my parents when I tour.” Cindy asked what it was like to film the video back in her hometown, saying that if she were in Lissie’s place, she wouldn’t be able to do that. By a happy coincidence, an English guy she knew in LA was friends with someone from Lissie’s highschool that had become a successful video director. “It took this British guy to reintroduce us to one another, and not a lot of people from Rock Island would be out in LA doing this kind of thing, so it was cool that we got reconnected and decided we’d love to work together to shoot something in Rock Island, since its both our hometown.” The video is very DIY, but still has some cool effects. “We got so lucky with the weather. It was like a double rainbow, I mean we couldn’t have asked for a better situation considering we were just kind of winging it. I think it’s my best video.”

Cindy says the new album has a kind of shiny rock sound, which is a bit of a departure from her last album. “If I’m 100% honest, I wasn’t really trying to go for anything. I had just written these songs, and the live sound I’ve developed with my band is pretty rockin’, you know the folk stuff that I do from time to time, which is in my nature, isn’t really what I’ve been focusing on.”

Lissie's song selections:
1. Grateful Dead "Wharf Rat"
2. Lana Del Rey "Ride"
3. Andy Williams "Moon River" 

Lissie's latest album Back to Forever is out now on Columbia Records.