Lisa Miller - Car Tape (Green Vinyl)
Back in the '90s, before alt-country was really a thing, Melbourne's Lisa Miller was the leading light of a small vibrant Fitzroy scene, immersed in country soul and classic American singer-songwriters.
As the new millennium dawned, and after two highly acclaimed records of original songs, Lisa wanted to do something a bit different. Something less introspective, and more fun. The initial idea was to just record some cover versions and put it out as a mixtape, and while it eventually arrived on CD instead of cassette, the original concept was maintained.
Tape was immediately loved, first by Lisa's fans and critics, and soon enough by a surprisingly large and diverse audience. It went on to be one of the best-selling Australian independent albums of 2002 and 2003, and earned Lisa three ARIA nominations, including Best Female Artist.