• By mrsmusic40
  • May 29, 2019


Like many singer-songwriters, Lisa Morales started penning tunes as a way to express her emotions addressing the complex landscape of relationships through music and verse. Her perspective now is that of a woman who’s gone through many storms and witnessed their sometimes-beautiful aftermaths as well.

With Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun, Morales sought to reach even more deeply into her soul. Drawing from a creative palette informed by the rhythms, colors and flavors of the Southwest — from the painted-desert skies of her native Tucson, Arizona, where she and cousin Linda Ronstadt grew up, to the sea-salted air of Houston, where she moved at 18, and the history-filled city of San Antonio, where she now lives — she’s crafted an album of maturity, sensitivity and strength. On each of its 11 tracks — all but one of which were written or co-written by Morales — she confirms that she is a woman in touch with her emotions and inner power. Lyrics, sung in English, Spanish and Spanglish, also convey the promise of new beginnings.

The album is produced by Michael Ramos (the BoDeans, Patty Griffin, John Mellencamp) who plays accordion and keyboards.  The album features guitarists Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Prince) and David Garza (Juliana Hatfield, Fiona Apple). Los Lonely Boys bassist Jojo Garza and Los Lobos drummer Cougar Estrada round out the core band. Both Garzas also provide backing vocals. On “Avalanche,” a standout duet with the late Jimmy LaFave. and on “Strong Enough,” folk icon Eliza Gilkyson helps lift up the inspiring anthem of female empowerment with backing vocals. 

On the album’s sole cover, “Pena, Penita, Pena” Morales taps into the pain of losing her mother, whose poetic influence permeates every song — especially those Morales sings in her mother’s native language. The song features lead guitar by David Pulkingham with Morales on classical guitar and Michael “Cornbread” Traylor on bass. Though Morales, who discovered the song while her mother was dying of cancer, imbues it with sadness, she makes it sound like a gentle sunset serenade — and reports proudly that when she played it for her cousin, Ronstadt responded, “I would have definitely recorded that!”

Morales recorded six albums as one-half of the duo Sisters Morales before releasing her solo debut, Beautiful Mistake, in 2012

Lisa has also worn producers hat with highly acclaimed production on Hayes Carlls’ “Flowers & Liquor; co-wrote “Waiting For the Stars to Fall” with Hayes Carll on his CD “Trouble In Mind”.


Jorge Palomarez is a native Texan, from the town of Edinburg in the Rio Grande Valley. During his high school days Jorge with his brother Rey, (lead singer and drummer, respectively) played in a rock band covering songs by bands such as the Rolling Stones, the Spencer Davis Group, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Spirit. 

While in college in the 70’s, Jorge started performing as a solo songwriter performing at small festivals and coffee houses.  Acoustic music became rather dormant during the late 70’s and the 80’s but in the early 90’s acts like John Gorka, Nancy Griffith, Suzanne Vega headed a singer-songwriter wave that re-kindled Jorge’s interest in performing again.  Slowly and methodically he has built a repertoire of carefully crafted and well thought-out songs ideal for listening rooms and house concerts. 

After completing his studies in chemistry and mathematics Jorge moved to Houston and dedicated himself to pursuing a career in the chemical industry and raising a family. He casually worked on writing songs, playing guitar and harmonica and maintained a sparse performance schedule.  In recent years, Jorge has focused more on music and is currently pursuing studies towards a degree in music.  He typically performs at house concerts, coffeehouses, and acoustic venues around Texas (Old Quarter Acoustic Café in Galveston, Dosey Doe and Millbend Coffeehouse in The Woodlands …). 

On numerous occasions, Jorge’s musical style has been described as “Dylanesque”, as well as reminiscent of Leonard CohenHis music has a strong lyrical content and is often regarded as intellectual and poetic.  His songs are laden with vivid images and intriguing phrases and lines, consisting of snapshots from a variety of experiences in life, love, social issues and philosophy. Artists most influential in shaping Jorge’s music besides Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen are Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Don McClean and Gordon Lightfoot. 

Jorge is honored to have opened for many touring and well-respected artists such asLeon Russell, Janis Ian, David Olney, Adrian Legg, David Rodriguez, Jon Dee Graham, Alejandro Escovedo, Hayes Carll, Sara Hickman, Danny Schmidt, Adam Carroll, and Kevin Welch.  He has performed at SXSW in Austin, Rock the Republic and other music festivals in Memphis and New Orleans.   Jorge’s dynamic performances and passionate delivery are evocative and intense and uniquely original.  On many occasions, he has been known to convert a noisy audience into attentive listeners, then, genuinely dedicated fans.

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