"Ten cracking tracks...the songs are Americana of the highest order, think along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin, with high quality musos to match." Maverick-UK
"Lisa Bastoni returns after 10 years to wow us with this amazing self-written vocal masterpiece. The Wishing Hour is a fantastic record, user-friendly enough to be accessible to the layman but with a variety of textures to pick apart on every listen." Americana-UK
Lisa Bastoni had a thriving singer-songwriter career going until she took a break to start a family with her husband, novelist Christopher Boucher. Now, after nearly ten years away from writing and performing, Bastoni returns to music with The Wishing Hour (January 27, 2017), an impressive new record produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Lori McKenna/Anais Mitchell/Martin Sexton). The album features Bastoni's longtime friend and collaborator, Red Sox organist Josh Kantor, as well as guest appearances by New West recording artists The Mastersons, singer Kelly Hogan (Neko Case/The Decemberists), Lula Wiles' Ellie Buckland, and John O'Reilly, Jr. (Mandy Moore/Jason Mraz).
While some of the elements of the album were recorded in different studios in New York and Nashville, all of the basic tracks at the heart of the album were recorded on a laptop in a corner of the kids' playroom of her Watertown, MA house in the wee hours of the night.
The ten tracks on this record -- including standouts "In This Town," "Wichita" and "Rabbit Hole" -- are a collection of starkly honest, beautifully crafted, and ultimately uplifting timeless Americana songs.
In the past, Bastoni has shared the stage with artists including Arlo Guthrie, Lori McKenna, Regina Spektor, and Little Big Town. She currently performs regularly in the Boston area and will be touring to select cities across the U.S. in support of the album's release.
"This is a gorgeous album." Dave Palmater, WUMB
"Bastoni is certainly one of the finest local artists in Boston." Mike Newman, WMFO
"So talented. The whole world should hear your music." Christine Lavin