LIZZIE & THE MAKERS
A staple of the NYC music scene, Lizzie Edwards seems to have played with everyone! From fronting the Avant-guard jazz ensemble, “Jumping Salty” (with Morgan Kraft, Wes and Madison Rast), to sharing the stage with James Carter and Delmar Brown, she brings nothing but fierce talent. With influences ranging from Paul Butterfield to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lizzie has been a guest at many NYC all-star jams at the Bitter End, and has brought the house down as the lead singer of her side project “Lizzie and the Sinners” (with Charles Roth, Jahn Xavier, Chris Schultz, and Tom Shad) covering gospel greats like Mavis Staples, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Shirley Caesar. Lizzie is a born musician. From age 4 she was trained as a classical pianist and has taken vocal lessons from the renowned Don Lawrence. Her Dad was a constant on the 60’s rock scene, acting as sideman for Chuck Berry and touring with Martha and The Vandellas and the Dave Clark Five. Her grandmother a classical harpsichordist and her grandfather an opera singer, a love and ability for all music truly courses through her veins. With Lizzie and the Makers, she has rocked up and down the East Coast. Belting out original, soulful blues/rock tunes evoking The Black Crowes, Bonnie Raitt and a hint of Led Zeppelin (for good measure), as well as an obscure jazz tune here and there.
Greg describes his music style as "sonic deconstruction on electric/acoustic/resophonic/lap/pedal steel/bass guitars, and other devices..." Trying to bridge the gap between Arto Lindsay and Joe Walsh, Greg has played with Chris Whitley, Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie/The Cure), Meshell Ndegeocello, Trixie Whitley, Twilight Singers, Bonsai, Bentmen, Matt White, Speedbuggy USA, and the Glenn Branca Ensemble. He is supported by Ernie Ball/Music Man, Mesa/Boogie, Voodoo Labs, and Electro-Harmonix. Greg co-writes the majority of The Makers' songs with Lizzie and they are 8 songs into their second Album, due out in Winter 2016.
Brett Bass grew up in Lubbock, TX where he played as many local bars as possible throughout junior high and high school. In 1998 he moved to New York City and quickly began playing regularly on Bleecker street and the lower East Side with a variety of singers, songwriters, bands and pickup bands. Bass has toured the country and world with a diverse list of folks including Bernie Worrell, Regina Spektor, Enrique Iglesias, Chris Barron (the Spin Doctors), Darlene Love, and Gregg Allman. The core of the Makers' backbone, Brett has quietly been a hammer to the railroad of down home, down hard rhythm section for Lizzie and the Makers from the get go.
Bryan began studying with master drummer Michael Carvin, and has since graduated from his school of drumming. He has also studied with Kevin Norton, Bill Goodwin, Amy Putnam, and Scott Ketron. Bryan’s experiences have taken him all over the US, Europe, Japan and the Middle East, led to television and radio appearances on NBC, BBC (UK) and RTE (Ireland), and include performances at Lincoln Center, Terminal 5 and Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Blue Note Jazz Clubs, and hundreds of other venues in NYC and around the country. Bryan has performed with numerous live acts all over the world. These include Ron Pope, Great Elk and Hesta Prynn. As well as Liptalk, Janita (Engine House Records), Bonsai, Zach Berkman, Nell Bryden (Cooked Vinyl), Gyroscone, Danny Ross (Ammul Records), Big Plastic and Speedbuggy. As an original member of the Makers, Bryan is currently working on his drum set method book, with completion planned for 2015.
As the newest member of the Makers, James is a native New Yorker. Guitarist, acoustic, and steel guitarist extraordinaire, he has been playing seriously since his teens. He has his BS in Jazz guitar and works as a music teacher and session guitarist. James now has joined the crew of L&TM and has been supplying the Makers with tasteful, exciting and precise treats with a hint of bas-ass hidden underneath. James brings it to the people, showing that style and kicking ass are two things the Makers are all about.