Hall of Famer to come to the Hill

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By Russ Gordon

I remember first seeing Lisa Gilkyson in 1976 at the old Line Camp in Pojoaque. That was New Mexico’s best rock club and Gilkyson, who lived in Santa Fe, was the lead singer in one of New Mexico’s top rock bands.

I loved listening to Lisa but it was strange for me to start calling her Eliza as the times and her music changed.

Go to www.elizagilkyson.com and www.myspace.com/elizagilkyson to listen to and read about her music.

She went from rock to folk to singer-songwriter to neo-folk star. She had an odd change of style and success when she sang on New Age harpist Andrea Vollenweider’s album in 1993.

Her 2005 album, “Land of Milk and Honey,” was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Contemporary Folk Album” and now she’s a member of the Austin (Texas) Music Hall of Fame right there by Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Wills, Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ernest Tubb, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and others.

Eliza sings with wit, humor and charm about love, life, beauty, spirituality and politics.

She is one of America’s most respected roots, folk, neo-folk/pop singer-songwriters. She’ll play at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond.

During the concert, Nina Gerber will accompany Eliza on acoustic and electric guitar. Gerber is without doubt, one of our greatest guitarists.

I’m serious, folks, check this woman out.

She could be a major star but she doesn’t like to sing. Gerber plays folk, country, jazz, blues and rock guitar.

She became well known as Kate Wolf’s guitarist and later worked with Rosalie Sorrels, Nancy Griffith, Greg Brown, John Gorka, Dave Alvin, Tom Paxton, Emmylou Harris and others.

I’m not sure if I know anyone who plays a better guitar.

As a musician and singer, Eliza is no slouch either.

She and her brother have been in the recording business since they were teenagers, singing demos for their father, Terry.

Terry wrote and recorded the hit songs “Green Fields,” “Memories Are Made of This,” “The Bare Necessities,” “Marianne” and “Cry of the Wild Goose.”

Eliza is listed as a back-up vocalist on some of these classics.

Eliza’s latest album is 2008’s “Beautiful World.” The album and Eliza has received rave reviews all around the U.S. and Europe. In 2008, iconic folksinger Joan Baez released her album “Day After Tomorrow,” which features covers by some of Baez’s favorite songwriters of the last 30 years including two songs by Eliza.

Pajarito Property Management is sponsoring the concert Friday night.  

Editor’s Note: Russ Gordon is the organizer of the Los Alamos Concert Series.