Community Spotlight: Alas de Liona

Community Spotlight: Alas de LionaBy JAYME KINARD

News Review Correspondent

Alas de Liona is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Ridgecrest. In the past few years, she has made a name for herself among local music lovers by performing at Open Mic Night, as well as headlining and support acts at Cerro Coso Community College and the Historic USO Building.

Prior to becoming a solo-musician, she and some of her college friends formed the Red Rockwell band. Alas recorded her first EP in 2014 and released her first full album titled “Lightning and Fire” less than a month ago.

Fortunately for me, I was able to get a copy of her most recent album — and I LOVED it. Her voice is very powerful and seems familiar, but at the same time, is unlike anyone I’ve ever heard before.

Not only is Alas an amazing singer, her lyrics are the kind that get stuck in your head all day. The music itself is a mixture of acoustic and electric elements that come together perfectly.

The overall tone of the album is a fusion of indie/folk and electric styles — something that is becoming more popular in today’s music, but is also extremely difficult to do well. However, it seems that Alas has a remarkable talent to do it all.

Alas shares credit on the album with Bobby Steele, who plays guitar and produces the tracks, Lea Patrick for her background vocals and Brian Cosner on trumpet.

Alas’ new album “Lightning and Fire” can be listened to and purchased on her website at www.alasdeliona.com, iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.

Correction: It was originally published that Brian Cosner had multiple instrumental and vocal contributions to the album. Beyond the trumpet parts on "Web" and "Lightning and Fire," all other contributions are during live performances only.

Story First Published: 2017-06-09