Lesa & Ross

by Lesa & Ross

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    High-bias limited edition professionally manufactured clear purple cassettes, includes one unreleased bonus cover of Yo La Tengo's "Nowhere Near" featuring Amy Gassner on vocals. Only 100 copies pressed.

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Blue Moon 02:05
Dark Side 04:59
I've Had It 04:02
Gonna Wanna 01:32
Nowhere Near 05:57


We are stoked to present the cassette release of Lesa & Ross. A collection of new recordings from Big Star's 3rd / Sister Lovers muse and KLiTZ guitarist, Lesa Aldridge in collaboration with Memphis legend, Ross Johnson. Ross is best known for backing LX during his chaotic Like Flies on Sherbert era as well as playing with Tav Falco's Panther Burns in addition to having his own catalog of idiosyncratic solo recordings.

Here are Ross Johnson's thoughts on Lesa and the collaboration.

"I first saw Lesa Aldridge sitting next to Alex Chilton at an outdoor concert in Memphis when she was 19 years old. I was rather excited to see Chilton in public, being a Box Tops and Big Star fan, but that excitement was quickly overshadowed when I spied the shy looking nymph sitting closely to him. I had never seen the likes of her before in real life. She was simply a stunning beauty and I fell in love with her then and there. I was 21 at the time and cursed my luck at falling so quickly for a woman I did not even know and likely never would. Time has since taught me that there is indeed such a thing as 'love at first sight.' I should have trusted my instincts about her.

I did get to meet her two years later, being introduced to Alex who befriended me for still unknown reasons. I came to know them as couple who were mostly inseparable until 1980 when Lesa left Memphis. I thought of them as Lesa and Alex more than as separate identities. They taught me much about what the struggle of love really looks like. Of course, most fans know that Lesa was the 'muse' for many of the songs Alex wrote and recorded for what became Big Star Third/Sister Lovers. What isn't commonly known is that the Ardent Studio sessions for that record began as a Lesa and Alex project. She was not only his muse but also his musical partner on that and several other musical ventures.

Unfortunately, most of her contributions to that record were erased by Alex for personal reasons. A shame, that.

With most of the selections on this LP being hers, I view this as a Lesa Aldridge solo recording. A bit overdue, I would say."

Front sleeve pic: Lesa and Alex 1974

Originally released 2015 The Great Pop Supplement

This reissue licensed with permission.


released May 13, 2016

Lesa Aldridge - Vocals, Guitar
Ross Johnson - Vocals, Drums
Marcia Clifton - Drums
Amy Starks - Bass
Kip Uhlhorn - Vocals, All Other Instruments

All tracks recorded, mixed and mastered by Kip Uhlhorn


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Established in 1996, Summersteps Records is a micro-indie label located in the heart of rural Northeastern Pennsylvania. Beginning as a handmade cassette label, Summersteps soon began manufacturing CDs, vinyl and now tapes again.

The label labors to expose wild, fragile, beautiful, psychedelic and obscure music(s) from both its Pennsylvania surroundings and elsewhere.
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