Wisconsin native, Liza Day, writes raw and untidy songs rooted in the alt-country/Americana tradition, drawing inspiration from songwriters such as Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch and Ryan Adams. Each poetic embedded melody is delivered with an unforgettably warm and pure voice as vulnerable and sincere as the songs themselves. Liza grew up with a family drenched in layers of musical history but didn’t begin writing or performing her own songs until college.
After settling in Chicago, Day soon became a fixture in the Americana scene there: fronting a band of her own, singing backups for Julia Klee as well as other local acts, and playing in Falldown (a supergroup of some of Chicago’s finest young songwriters). With Chicago as a base, she toured throughout the midwest and northeast with a five-piece band and ventured as far as Scotland and the Netherlands for duo tours. Back at home she was a regular as Schuba’s, The Hideout, and Bottom Lounge.
Day’s song “Before All Turns Grey,” from her debut record was featured in the 2011 documentary “Out of Respect: A Story of Five,” directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Tess Gallun. She has also released two EP’s. One for Courage was recorded live in Nashville Grammy nominated producer Paul Moak’s studio, The Smoakstack, and released in October, 2012. Nashville Sessions is a stripped down solo project which was released shortly after in October, 2013. Needing a change of pace, Day moved to Nashville in 2018, but before heading south she recorded another batch of songs, primed for release early next year. Keep an eye out for the Old Hallelujahs EP.
Liza Day and the Northbound Trestle Singers, August 2009
One for Courage, October 2012
Nashville Sessions, October 2013
Old Hallelujahs, early 2019