Sat October 6, 2012
Marc On The Blues

Nine O'clock Blues: Meet Liz Mandville

Liz Mandville, used to be known as Liz Mandville Greeson. I haven’t been able to find out why the change, but it does suggest the plot of a Tammy Lynette song.

Whatever her personal story, Liz writes, sings, and plays the Blues with both power and subtlety.

Based out of Chicago, Liz has made many tours since 1983, playing clubs and festivals from New York to Seattle, St. Paul to Key West.  She has toured on three continents. Liz won the Windy City Blues Society’s 2011 Blues Challenge. She had them dancing in the street at the 2011 Lansing Blues Fest and her high-energy shows generally end in standing ovations.

Multitalented Liz Mandville is a hard worker. More than just a singer, Liz taught herself to play guitar, washboard and porch-board. She has written and recorded over 80 original songs, earned a B.A. in Music, writes a column for the Internet, conducts interactive Blues music workshops, and she is also a Blues disc jockey.

Mandville has led her band longer than any other female musician in Chicago. The band plays most all styles of blues from traditional to swing to rock. Their long-running house gigs at Chicago’s oldest blues venues, including B.L.U.E.S., The Kingston Mines, Bill’s Blues (sadly closed), and Blue Chicago, to name a few, have been among the city’s top crowd pleasers.

Liz’s parents were both artists, her father a Folk singer and mother an actress, and they exposed her to the arts early and often. She got her first guitar at 16 and started playing professionally soon after.  Her guitar influences include her idols Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Muddy Waters with overtones of T-Bone’s Swing, Curtis Mayfield’s Soul and the Chicago Blues of Jimmy Reed.

A polished, professional, and consummate entertainer, Liz Mandville is well worth checking out.


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