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Lady Sings the Blues ... for Charity

Palladium-Item, Richmond IN - July 31, 2008 - Front page highlight, story pg. B4
by Michael C. Lengel
   
Laurie Morvan is living the blues with her "sizzling guitar licks"

"If living the blues is a prerequisite for playing the blues, Laurie Morvan has more than enough fuel to inspire her sizzling guitar licks and emphatic vocal delivery."


Morvan will be brandishing her deft touch on the guitar for the next installment of the InCONCERT series at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the 4th Floor Blues Club. The opening act for the InCONCERT show will be Lift.

Morvan has been battling conventional wisdom that a woman can't front a blues band and, in particular, can't hold her own as a viable lead guitarist. Featured in "Guitar Player" and "Vintage Guitar" magazines, as well as making the finals of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., Morvan has made a career of proving people wrong.

Growing up in New Lennox, Ill., with a "womanizing, alcoholic" father who left Morvan and her mother when she was only 5 years old, life has been a series of challenges for Morvan. Her mother worked hard to scrape by. Starting with a new, stable family when her mother remarried eight years later, Morvan turned a tough start to life into the motivation to make the most of everything she did. First it was sports in high school, earning a spot as a walk-on volleyball player at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earning her electrical engineering degree. Later, she earned private, commercial and multi-engine pilot's license before finding what really intrigued her - the guitar.

The influence of blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan is apparent throughout Morvan's music and her guitar phrasing in particular. Despite a career liittered with skepticism of what a female guitarist is capable of, when Morvan lets loose she is said to shred with the best.

Her latest record is "Cures What Ails Ya," and is available at her Web site at www.lauriemorvan.com.

Morvan's appearance is part of the InCONCERT series, which benefits 12 non-profit organizations including: Starr-Gennett Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County, Richmond Family YMCA, Hub Etchison Youth Football League, YWCA of Richmond, Richmond Football Parents Club, Centerville Youth League, Conflict Resolution Center, Townsend Community Center, Sunrise, Wayne County Vision and Noah's Ark. All ticket and food sales go directly to the non-profits.

 
 
 
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