"The Laurie Morvan Band’s latest disc, Fire it Up! (Screaming Lizard Records), features more of her fiery brand of electric blues/rock. Morvan is a first-rate guitarist, influenced by various genres but most especially rock & roll (where she got her start). Once she heard Stevie Ray Vaughan, she was hooked, and forged her own style by mixing rock & roll with the blues. The band made the Top Five at the 2008 IBC in both the live band and CD competitions, a rare feat.
The new disc features twelve tracks, written by Morvan. Songs like the double-entendre-laden “Come On Over To My BBQ,” “Good Girls Bad Girls,” “Skinny Chicks,” and “Livin’ In A Man’s World” focus on the blues from a woman’s perspective, while songs like the title track, “I Speak The Blues,” “Testify,” and “Café Boogaloo” are crowd-pleasing house rockers. “Lay Your Hands” and “”You Don’t Know About Me,” showcase her strong vocals, and “Let Me Carry Your Troubles” is a tender ballad about a friend battling cancer.
The Morvan Band is a powerful three-piece consisting of Morvan on guitar, Kevin Murillo on drums, and Pat Morvan (Morvan’s ex-husband) on bass. Carolyn Kelley and Lisa (Grubbs) Morvan (who co-produced the disc with Steve Savage) provide stellar backing vocals throughout, and Sammy Avila and Dave Matthews add keyboards on various tracks.
Blues/rock fans will find much to enjoy with the Laurie Morvan Band and Fire it Up! Morvan shows herself to be a fine performer and talented composer. You’ll be hearing more from them in the future."
- Graham Clarke, BluesBytes
It is not often that such an excellent
album crosses my desk from a band that I haven't encountered
before. Ms. Morvan is a dynamite vocalist, and forget about
the comparisons to Bonnie Raitt or Susan Tedeschi -- her
guitar playing stands with some of the best blues work anyone
is playing these days.
disc just crackles from beginning to end. A great supporting
cast, especially Pat Morvan on the bass. Well recorded.
As if that isn't enough, the original tunes are stellar
(especially the title track). A very impressive recording,
and a name I am going to be keeping my eye on in the future.
Gregory R. McGuire
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
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