About Lisa Marie Johnston
Over the past few years, LMJ has worked her way through college gigging around the San Francisco Bay Area while also recording with producer/engineer Reto Peter and making music with Bay Area musicians like Arion Salazar from Third Eye Blind. She is a regular in the Fillmore Poster Room at the historic Fillmore West in San Francisco, and has played at venues in New York City and New Orleans. She released her first EP This Is Me on her indie label Stomp and Groove Records in 2011 and a full length album in 2012.
LMJ released the The Reto Sessions Volume 1 in April 2013, the EP featured four original tunes recorded at The Art Institute in San Francisco as the demo band for Reto Peter's audio recording class. "It was perfect.." says LMJ, "I was in school and low on funds. Reto needed a band to record for his class and we needed studio time." On May 28th she will release The Reto Sessions Volume 1&2, which will feature three brand new tracks as well as the four songs from Volume 1. The sound is clean, acoustically driven Americana with blues, rock and country influences.
When asked about the name of the record, LMJ said: “Each time we were offered a session with Reto, I would get excited and call the dudes [band members] up and ask them if they were available for another ‘Reto Session.’ I guess it just stuck.”