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Lisa Mann and Allen Markel: Marriage is a two-bass hit / VIDEO Coffeeshop Conversations @ Artichoke Music #213

By TOM D'ANTONI // Lisa Mann and Allen Markel were married on stage at the Waterfront Blues Festival ten years ago. They both play bass. How does that work? Another VIDEO episode! Watch them perform two tunes. 

The second of the new video versions of OMN's long-running podcast from the Artichoke Cafe in Portland, Oregon. The first four episodes feature couples who are both working musicians. The first was with Kate Power and Steve Einhorn https://www.oregonmusicnews.com/kate-...

This episode features two internationally known Blues bass players who are married to each other. Lisa Mann won a national Blues Music Award for Best Bass Player and who is also a singer and songwriter. Her husband Allen Markel is currently in Sugar Ray Rayford's band which tours the world. They got married on stage at the Waterfront Blues Festival ten years ago.

They perform two songs in this episode, Allen on bass and Lisa singing (and tearing it up). Hosting is OMN Editor-In-Chief Tom D'Antoni Thanks to Artichoke's Bob Howard for giving us a home, to Gary Furlow for the production design/editing and audio mixing. Presented by Oregon Music News https://www.oregonmusicnews.com/ and Artichoke Community Music https://www.artichokemusic.org/

 Watch for the next video episode featuring Shelly Rudolph and Chance Hayden.

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Don't know Allen, but Lisa Mann is one of my favorite local artists and people in general! This was a great interview with remarkably good audio. My friend Jennifer Batten (a big fan of Lisa as well) was not as fortunate with the audio portion of her interview with Tom.

Michael Henchman

I had just gotten to know these lovely folks in 2009, a few months before the wedding, due to going out to various blues jams (as a bassist myself), including at Duff's Garage and The Refectory. The wedding ceremony at the BlueFest was a surprise to many people. It was so cool to hear Lisa sing "At Last" before Allen came onstage for the vows and ceremony. Just wonderful. Happy Tenth, you two!

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