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Fire It Up! CD review, Screaming Lizard Records

Blues Revue Magazine - Feb/Mar 2010 issue
by Rev. Keith A. Gordon
   
Blues Revue Magazine - Fire It Up! CD review


"Poised on the edge of a major breakthrough...
sultry vocals, imaginative songwriting, and smoldering fretwork..."


Don't dismiss blues-rock guitarist Laurie Morvan lightly. With a degree in electrical engineering, a pilot's license, and a background in the aerospace industry, this blue-eyed blueswoman shatters any stereotypes about dumb blondes. Morvan's technical background notwithstanding, her first love is the blues. And the release of Fire It Up! - her fourth album and third in the past five years - has the Laurie Morvan Band poised on the edge of a major breakthrough.

Over the 12 years since the release of Morvan's 1997 debut album with her band Backroad Shack, the talented instrumentalist has had to fight the battles familiar to just about every distaff member of the blues fraternity. Female blues artists just have a harder time being taken seriously: The truth is that if a white teenage boy hit the shelves with a guitar showcase like Fire It Up! we'd be singing his praises from here to Valhalla. Morvan remains nonplused, however, focusing on improving her craft. And the material on her latest release proves that she's found an almost-perfect balance of sultry vocals, imaginative songwriting, and smoldering fretwork.

The songs on Fire It Up! tackle blues themes from a distinctively feminine perspective, whether it's the defiant statement of "Nothin' But the Blues," with its Southern-rock-tinged, boogie-blues soundtrack and funky guitar and piano, or the blues-rock flamethrower "Livin' in a Man's World," which features incendiary guitar play. Morvan is up front with her sexuality, turning the tables with double-entendres on "Come On Over to My BBQ." The ballad "Let Me Carry Your Troubles" displays the subtlety and grace of her six-string talent.

Fire It Up! is an inspired collection of original blues and rock. One spin will convince you that Morvan has the fire in her heart, the blues in her soul, and the talent to grab the spotlight.

 
 
 
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