Laurie Morvan Band: Fire it Up! (Screaming Lizard 0004; 54:28)
For the course of a dozen original songs, it's encouraging to hear Morvan bring the guitar heat without crazily self-immolating like so many blues-rock performers do in a minute. With a smart band consisting of a rhythm section and two backup female singers, this Californian also sings well and crafts articulate lyrics from a woman's perspective.
By Frank-John Hadley
page 64. Column: Blues, Rockin' Women