Bluegrass Mandolin Player and Singer


Hi, I'm Lisa Kay!

I've loved bluegrass ever since I was a girl growing up in the countryside of Virginia.

I started playing mandolin in the late 80s, and played my first gig on stage after 5 months with a mandolin in my hands; with my family band, Crooked Run. Later I helped found the DC-based group Badly Bent, and I spent several years touring with Maryland's Flying Blind Bluegrass and Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition.In 2007, I began fronting my own band in the DC area, The Lisa Kay Band. It's been a wonderful ride, and I eat, sleep, and breathe this music, and always have...now I'm performing with an amazing group of musicians and writers--East Of Monroe. We are almost done with our debut album, I can't wait for you to hear it!

I am also a radio host! I've had a show on the air continuously since 1993...You can hear me onWAMU's Bluegrass Country every Tuesday night from 6-9 pm Eastern time. My show's called The Old Home Place, hope you'll stop by and say howdy!My husband, Wally Hughes, is a phenomenal musician and singer, too, and you'll be able to follow his shows on this page as well. WELCOME!!♪♫

​​LISA KAY HOWARD