April 23, 2010 – Lisa Gain is one of those standard folk musicians that has been haunting Columbus, no wait, the entire United States, for years. Hailing from Ashley, Ohio, Lisa plays an assortment of original and different sounding covers for your standard 40-something crowd. Her music is inspired by the usual folk suspects: Cash, Parton, Williams and Nelson. This is very apparent in her style.

Lisa Gain at Fat's Billiards

Lisa Gain at Fat's Billiards

She started off with what may have been a cover song declaring what would happen if she became a political leader, ending chorus and verse with the sentiment that she would be assassinated by Sunday. Every song she played made me feel like I was stuck in a coffee shop strapped in and listening to the banter of high school philosophy students right next to me. I spent most of the show trying to figure out the political ramifications of her music being played to drunk voters in a pool hall.

On a positive note though, the area designated for music was packed with eager listeners, each of which was enthralled by her music. Her talent on the guitar was relatively good and her vocal styling’s played well into the style. The applause after each song was enthusiastic.

Lisa Gain at Fat's Billiards

Lisa Gain at Fat's Billiards

Now I am opinionated about the music I listen to, as everyone should be to some degree, it’s what makes us discerning people. But I have to draw the line sometimes and I have serious problems with some styles. Not that I’d go out of my way to bash some group of peoples choice of music, but given certain venues, I get a little confused about the choices of the performer. It’s like flipping on the Christian rock station in the middle of the night and hearing Christian Death Metal… I have no idea how this style exists, but it does. Anyhow the point I’m getting to, when I go to a pool hall, with a complete full service bar, the last thing I need/want to hear is a person going on about her religious views. I mean come on, it’s a freaking bar, a place to sin. Sure it’s not a strip club, but it’s only a few naked girls away from that.

So to sum up, if you like Christian folk rock, and you are 40 or older, then it seems this performer is the perfect match for you.

You can find Lisa Gain on myspace at: http://www.myspace.com/lisagain.

-V-