American Troubadour Preaches Folk Forever

"Back to Forever" LP in Stores; Headlining Webster Hall on November 25

Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, better known by her stage name Lissie, is an Illnois born American folk rock artist who released her debut LP, Catching A Tiger, back in 2010. Since then she has opened for the likes of Bruce Sprinsteen and Tom Petty, while crafting songs for Columbia Records and the uber-awesome indie imprint Fat Possum.

After bumming around Europe, Lissie compiled the repertoire that would make up Back to Forever, which was released on October 8th. With her new material compared to the likes of Stevie Nicks, she will be headlining Webster Hall in New York City on November 25th. Check out our interview and preview her track “Further Away” below! Tickets are on sale now.

What was the first job you had growing up?

When I was 9 I was in “The Music Man” and “Annie” at a dinner theatre and was paid for it so I guess that was my first job. When I was 15 I worked at Whitey’s Ice Cream shop in Rock Island, Illinois (my hometown).

If you weren’t a musician what other profession would you have aspired to be in?

I’ve always loved being out in nature so maybe a naturalist, park ranger or work at something like a kids summer camp! Haha! I’m not 100% sure!

If you could perform alongside any musician who would it be and why?

There are so many! I do wish I’d sung more with my grandpa while he was alive. He was a singer and growing up I don’t think I appreciated that he was this interesting person that wouldn’t be around forever.

To do a duet with him would be amazing! I wish he was here to see all the cool stuff I’m getting to do!

Do you run your own twitter or do you have people who do it for you? If not, do you personally have social media accounts or do you find that to be too risky as your career progresses?

I do my own twitter and Instagram. Sometimes my label prepares the links to content and details about my tours, etc. I enjoy the interaction but I do wish I could wipe it all clean and just ditch the smartphone sometimes!

What do you hope your music (especially the newest album) brings to people as far as thoughts and emotions?

Well I think a lot of the songs are about confronting one’s crap ya know? Acknowledging bad habits / patterns in relationships and by saying them out loud, hoping to change. There’s a bit of aggression in this album, questioning celebrity culture, job culture in current economic state and the shortsightedness of human nature so I hope it fires people up to take a look at the world we live in and then have an opinion instead of just watching life happen!

What has been your favorite experience performing?

There’re so many great ones! I loved playing Glastonbury in 2010! That was our first festival and a really big deal for us!

Do you have a favorite song?

No but i like the mood the song “Moon River” puts me in (as an example)

What’s next in your career/personal goals?

I want to find the balance in touring and time at home. I’m ready to start writing and hoping to make another new album as soon as possible! I hope to keep growing and winning fans in a natural and authentic way. To be respected by my peers, financially settled, find a hubby, have some babies, own a home, win some Grammy’s, sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, be on Saturday Night Live, etc..

Is there anything that you would like to say about the Imagine There’s No Hunger campaign that you’ve recently been involved in?

I was really honored when Hard Rock approached me! They’ve been supportive of some other causes I champion like ALS research and patient support and Changing Tides Orphanage in Haiti. They knew I had a soft spot for doing what I could with my voice to be of use so they asked if I’d want to be their US ambassador! I’m really excited about the food drive and events surrounding my NYC show. Especially before the holidays and in these cold winter months it’s so important we all make the effort to do what we can to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

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Jianna Hall

Jianna is a 20 year old Television and Digital Media Student at Montclair State University.