Linda Mizzi Linda Mizzi Katoomba Linda Mizzi is a Blue Mountains singer-songwriter - her debut album, Real People, will doubtless expand her audience with its honesty, charm and simple gifts. Linda Mizzi is a performer who balances honesty and a whole lot of gentle strength on stage - conveying real messages and real tales through her songs. Seamlessly blending folk, jazz and blues, she draws on influences as diverse as Rickie Lee Jones, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams and Doris Day. Mizzi refuses to fit comfortably into any one musical niche – a weakness - she thinks not. Her vocal has the country of Patty Griffin and Alison Krauss in it, but when the emotion rises, a honeyed blurr enters the edge of it, to tell some low down Lucinda Williams tale. The musicians Mizzi has assembled have perfectly realised the nuances of her melodies and stories with intuition and balance - never cluttering or cloying the performances. Keller and Mizzi have gone for a widescreen Americana palette – desert moods and lonesome highways - the guitar of Stefano Cosentino painting the rangy vistas with reverb tremelo and just plain good taste - and drummer Ian Morrison kicking things along with just the right amount of boot-heel. Harmonica player Simon Crosbie breathes blues into ‘Crooked Man’ and ‘Mademoiselle”s rock’n’roll and Sonja Keller brings the right amount of sincerity on various tunes with violin - sparcely and only where needed. Linda often voices how blessed she is to work with her band - as evident at all times on and off stage, they are good friends, collaborate well together - and have a genuine respect for each others' gifts and individual journeys - the launch of the 'Real People' is just another part of the diverse musical road they are all on.