A B O U T L I Z
Painter lives in beautiful Northern New Mexico among the sagebrush and rainbows, where here songs are inspired. She could very well belong to a line of troubadours from long ago, traveling the lands spreading poetic messages and moody melodies, raising heartfelt questions. Her songs span a rich variety of styles but on first listen you might think of an upbeat Cowboy Junkies or a folked out Pixies. Her vocals have been likened to Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt and Texas songstress, Terri Hendrix. “The primal core of what I am really focused on is revealed in my lyrics”, Liz relates.
Liz grew up in New York, and her first influence was Simon and Garfunkel and the melodic themes of Broadway show tunes. She has a BA in Music from the University of Arizona in Tucson, but in the early nineties, fresh out of high school, Painter adopted a hippie lifestyle and hitch-hiked with her guitar, traveling to folk and craft festivals. Liz would pull out her guitar and play songs for comrades she met on her journey, inspired by the vast starlit skies of the American Southwest, unfettered by city lights, infused with the sound and energy of the ancient elements. “Elemental earth images and sacred journeys are all very much inside of me, and expressed as poetry and melody in my words and music”, Liz explains.
Liz has a bottomless back-pack bulging with original songs. For Liz, each song is a valuable creation, no song a throw-away. “A song is like an insistent alpha child, prodding me, inspiring me to perform it, record it and release it into a life of its own”.