About Lisa On Bass
Lisa Burns has been playing and singing for as long as she can remember. She took up the guitar at age 12 but when she started studying upright bass in 1994 she found her true calling. Lisa has studied bass with Jim Edwards, Cindy Browne, Seward McCain and Jim Kerwin.
Lisa performs regularly with several bands, including Sidesaddle & Co. and Goat Hill Girls. She has been seen on stages throughout the West, including Wintergrass (Tacoma, WA), the Strawberry Music Festival (Yosemite, CA), Summergrass (San Diego, CA), the California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day Festival (Grass Valley, CA) and the Rawhide Bluegrass Festival (Scottsdale, AZ). Her recordings include projects with Sherry Austin (Santa Cruz), Last Transit (San Diego), Mary McCaslin (Santa Cruz), Sharon Allen (Santa Cruz), and of course, Sidesaddle & Co. (San Jose, CA).
Lisa has been nominated for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bass Player of the Year each year since 2008. She won this award in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Her main band, Sidesaddle & Co., was named NCBS Band of the Year for 2008.
Lisa will be teaching this summer at RiverTunes, where she has been teaching since 2007. This year’s dates are July 30 through August 3rd, 2017. Lisa has conducted bass workshops at many California festivals and in private homes.
Lisa is currently hard at work on a solo project, “Farther Than You Know.”