George Usher & Lisa Burns “The Last Day of Winter”
George Usher is a veteran unsung rocker who was dealt a near fatal illness that sapped his strength and ability to even play a few years ago. Using his time to write songs, he was met by friend Lisa Burns and eventually they decided to collaborate on this album. Aided by a top notch studio team; guitarist Dave Schramm (The Schramms), bassist Sal Maida (Sparks), producer Pau Naumann, and engineer Eric Ambel (Del Lords, Nils Lofgren, solo) both George and Lisa pour out their collective hearts here.
“Wake Me When Tomorrow’s Here” has that fantastic Usher jangle and although Lisa’s gentle vocal dominates most of the compositions, George is content doing the backing vocal. “Depression Glass” continues to set the mood, almost like a country ballad, about the fleeting time we all have. “Lost In Translation” features Lisa’s soulful croon similar to a Stevie Nicks, with its melancholy folk pop. Next we get a big standout in “My Precious Wisdom,” George sounds a lot like Stephen Stills here with a wonderful piano melody played by Dylan Maida. “The Ferryman’s Name” is another standout, with jangling goodness and one of the better duets on the LP. The subject of mortality is common in music, but here Usher sings from the first hand experience that’s sure to resonate with listeners. After a long cold winter, this is a perfect document by two talented musicians.