Nashville Blues Society,
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November 19, 2009 - Thursday
Laurie Morvan Band review....
LAURIE MORVAN BAND
FIRE IT UP!
SCREAMING LIZARD RECORDS SLR 004
NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES--COME ON OVER TO MY BBQ--GGOD GIRLS
BAD GIRLS--LAY YOUR HANDS--I SPEAK THE BLUES--LIVIN' IN
A MAN'S WORLD--LET ME CARRY YOUR TROUBLES--YOU DON'T KNOW
ABOUT ME--SKINNY CHICKS--TESTIFY--OOH OOH BABY--CAFE BOOGALOO
Laurie Morvan has immersed herself in playing guitar since
her adolescent days, and, after hearing Stevie Ray Vaughn,
turned her attention solely to the blues. It's not unusual
for her to practice three or four hours a day, then play
a gig at night. That diligence paid off for her and her
group at the 2008 IBC in Memphis, where the Laurie Morvan
Band was the only group to finish in the top 5 in BOTH the
live performance and CD categories, with the 2007 release
of "Cures What Ails Ya!"
That showing led Laurie and the band to become club and
festival favorites, and brings us to her latest release,
"Fire It Up!" It is twelve of her originals, which
look at life and love and the pitfalls that come along with
them, all tied together with her tremendous lead guitar
That's another thing we really enjoyed on this CD. Laurie's
writing has matured, and she really lets loose on the guitar
herein. The whole shootin' match kicks off with a blistering
intro for the red-hot "Nothin' But The Blues,"
that urges you to head on down to your local juke joint
and let the good-time feeling of the blues wash over you!
The set closes on a similar note, because we can all forget
our troubles down at Laurie's "Cafe Boogaloo!"
In between, there is some mighty fine blues-rock that
solidifies Laurie's place as one of the premier talents
in contemporary blues. Check out her tale of always trying
to be a "good girl," but, at the end of the day,
realizing that a "good girl is just a bad girl who
ain't been caught," featuring a funky rhumba-fied groove.
And, altho she can hold her own with any man on a guitar,
she speaks to us of being female in a male-dominated genre'
in "Livin' in A Man's World." The heartfelt "Let
Me Carry Your Troubles" is her tribute to a friend's
battle with cancer.
We had two favorites, too. Laurie means no disrespect
to her "fuller-figured sisters," but urges the
listener "not to forget the Skinny Chicks when gettin'
your kicks!" And, "Come On Over To My BBQ"
practically oozes with double entendres' and slyly-sexy
innuendoes as we are invited to "fire up her grill"
for a little "tasty tenderloin!"
Laurie Morvan has the looks, the licks and the voice to
assure her success in the blues world, and listening to
"Fire It Up!" will show you why! Until next time....Sheryl
and Don Crow.
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