- 2017 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist
- 2017 NewSong Music/LEAF Festival Finalist
- 2017 Grand Prize, LLOMC Main Event
- 2017 Grand Prize, Great American Song Contest
- 2016 RISA (Rhode Island Songwriters Association) Singer Songwriter Contest
Praise for The Wishing Hour:
"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
"Outstanding top to bottom." Craig Huegel, WMNF
About Lisa Bastoni:
After a break of about a decade away from music, a career change and two children, Lisa Bastoni has released The Wishing Hour (2017), produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Lori McKenna/Anais Mitchell). Lisa’s visceral and personal songs have recently earned a number of awards - in the past year, she has been selected to showcase at both the Falcon Ridge Folk and NewSong Music/LEAF Festivals, and her song "Rabbit Hole" was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. The Wishing Hour debuted as #1 most played album on Boston's WUMB.
During her break from music Bastoni had a “job in a cubicle,” went to graduate school, became an art teacher and for the past few years has been raising two young children. While she was on a hiatus from music, Bastoni said she found inspiration. “I played just a handful of concerts in all that time, and thought I was done with music for good,” Bastoni said. “But one afternoon, while out for a walk around the neighborhood with the kids, I started to get ideas for song lyrics. And soon it was like a flood of song ideas – and as the songs started to come back, so did the desire to perform and record them.”
While some of the album was recorded in studios in Nashville and New York, large portions were performed right in Bastoni’s Watertown home. “I had a 6 year old laptop set up in the kids’ playroom, and I’d just go in there after their bedtime and get to work, writing and recording song demos, often pretty late into the night,” Bastoni said.
For the album, Bastoni brought in her old friend Josh Kantor, who she first met in the early 2000s when she was busking in Harvard Square and on Red Line platforms. The two played together in those days, with Kantor playing upright bass. Since that time, Kantor has become the Fenway Park organist and a well known side player and session musician.
She also reached out to Felix McTeigue, a producer and songwriter from Nashville. He had contacted Bastoni several years ago about working together. “To my surprise, he remembered me and the process was off and running pretty quickly,” Bastoni said. “There was a period of just generating ideas and material, and selecting a few songs to start working on.”
Before she could start recording, Bastoni needed to find the funds to create the album. She put together a crowdfunding campaign, and “some very generous fans from my early days performing” helped meet the goal within hours.
Other musicians who played on The Wishing Hour include Chris and Eleanor Masterson of The Mastersons – Steve Earle’s backing band — as well as Kelly Hogan (Neko Case/The Decemberists), John J. O’Reilly, Jr. (Rachael Yamagata/Fun), Lula Wiles’ Ellie Buckland, and Bastoni’s friend and frequent singing partner Naomi Sommers.
Lisa Bastoni currently maintains an active performance schedule. She has shared the stage with artists such as Lori McKenna, Regina Spektor, Little Big Town, The Low Anthem, Kim Richey, Ellis Paul and Arlo Guthrie.
—by Charlie Breitrose, excerpted from Watertown News (MA), January 2017
MA: Club Passim, Lizard Lounge, Toad, Atwood's Tavern, The Burren, The Spire Center, The Parlor Room, The Iron Horse , Bull Run Restaurant, Narrows Center for the Arts, Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Off the Common Coffeehouse, New Moon Coffeehouse, Soule Homestead, The Center for the Arts in Natick, Amazing Things Arts Center, The Montague Bookmill, The Guthrie Center.
CT: Fairfield Theater Company Stage One, Vanilla Bean, The Buttonwood Tree, Acoustic Cafe, Cheney Hall, University of Hartford, Roaring Brook Nature Center, The Space.
Caffe Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), Postcrypt Coffeehouse (NYC), The Bitter End (NYC), Tupelo Music Hall (NH), Stone Soup Coffeehouse (RI), Port City Blue (ME), Burlap and Bean (PA), Jammin Java (VA), Red Light Cafe (Atlanta), Coffee Underground (Greenville, SC), LEAF Festival (Asheville, NC), The Sutler Americana Showcase (Nashville), Neutral Ground Coffeehouse (New Orleans), Flipnotics (Austin), White Elephant Saloon (Fort Worth), Uncommon Ground (Chicago), Lestat's (San Diego).
Lisa has opened for/shared stages with the following artists:
Arlo Guthrie, Lori McKenna, Little Big Town, Regina Spektor, The Low Anthem, River Whyless, Ellis Paul, Kim Richey, Susan Gibson, Paul Kelly, Catie Curtis, The Nields, Lucy Kaplansky, Mark Erelli, Rose Polenzani, Jennifer Kimball, Brooks Williams, Anne Hills, Jim Kweskin, The Sea The Sea, Dan Blakeslee, Dietrich Strauss, Pousette-Dart Band, Antje Duvekot, Danielle Miraglia, Stephen Kellogg.