Lisa Kindred

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Lisa Kindred is an American folk and blues singer.

Kindred, born in Buffalo,[1] was a figure in the Greenwich Village/Cambridge folk scene of the 1960s; she played with Bob Dylan and other folk singers, playing at the Cafe Wha?,[2] Club 47, The Bitter End and other venues.

Kindred's debut album, I Like It This Way, was released on Vanguard Records in 1965. Her second album was to have been released on Vanguard in 1966 under the title Kindred Spirit,[3] but the master tapes were stolen[4][5] and delivered to Mel Lyman, a musician in the backing band and soon-to-be leader of the Mel Lyman Family. The album was only released four years later on Warner Bros./Reprise Records under the aegis of the Lyman Family, titled American Avatar - Love Comes Rolling Down. The album cover showed a picture of Lyman, not Kindred.[4][5]

That was Kindred's last album on a major label. She became a long-time fixture on the San Francisco bar scene, appearing on occasional compilations[3] and two self-released albums, Steppin' Up In Class (2003) and Blues and Beyond (2013).

Kindred led and fronted the Haight Ashbury band, Ascension, featuring lead guitarist Debbie Olcese and Kindred on rhythm guitar. Ascension's original bassist was a woman named Maus. She and Phil Lesh owned two of the first Alembic basses in San Francisco. Ascension rocked the Great American Music Hall, opening twice in one night for the legendary Etta James.[6]

Ascension's drummer was Chuck Bernstein, keyboards was "Malcolm"; Maus left the group in 1974, replaced by Gary Nelson on a blonde 1968 Fender Telecaster bass. Kindred still performs and sings at the Saloon in North Beach in San Francisco and other venues; she released "Blues and Beyond" in 2013.


  1. ^ "Lisa Kindred Bio". Lisa Kindred official website. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "CAFÉ WHA?". Bob Dylan's Musical Roots. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Lisa Kindred Discography". Stefan Wirz. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Felton, David (1971). "The Lyman Family's Holy Siege of America (Part IV:Days of Wrath on the Western Front)". Rolling Stone (99): 40–46. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Lundborg, Patrick (2004). "Woody Guthrie on Acid". Ugly Things (22): 114–117. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ source - Ascension's bassist

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