Lara Price review…November 6, 2015…

LARA PRICE

I MEAN BUSINESS

LMP/VIZZTONE VTLMP-006

GET IT WHERE I WANT IT–CRYIN’ OVER YOU–UNDONE–MOON IN THE MIRROR–CRAZY LUCY–HAPPY BLUE YEAR–SLIPPED TRIPPED FELL IN LOVE–PACK IT UP–TIME–I MEAN BUSINESS–ONE TEAR AT A TIME–LOVE LOST

Lara Price was born in war-ravaged Vietnam in 1975, and was abandoned at birth.  She became one of the many orphans involved in Operation Baby Lift, of which nine out of every ten sadly did not survive the trip stateside.  But, Lara was one of those fortunate ones who made it out, ending up in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997.  She met up with Candi Staton and Ann Peebles, and her latest release for Vizztone Records follows in the grand tradition of those great ladies of soul, and is entitled “I Mean Business.”  She’s backed by a full band and horn section, and uses her beautiful voice to explore blues, R & B, and gospel over the course of twelve cuts.

She leads off with her stilettos clicking, in the swagger of “Get It When I Want It,” and visits classic soul in a great take of “things gettin’ outta hand,” when “I Slipped Tripped Fell In Love.”  “Pack It Up” is a horn-fueled shot of funk that finds Lara “tryin’ to put you right outta my mind.”

She has a decidedly-softer side, too, as evidenced by the sweetly-soulful “Cryin’ Over You,” and the plaintive set-closer, “Love Lost.”  There are some strong gospel roots showing, too, especially on the punchy tale of ultimate redemption, even if it takes “one drop, one breath, One Tear At A Time.”  And, the feverish title cut finds Lara testifyin’ that “my spirit comes from where I’ve been,” featuring Chris Cain on guitar.

Our favorite was one of Lara’s slow jams, and it’s a real winner.  Over a breathy, sultry vocal, she wishes an ex who’s hooked up with another woman on New Year’s Eve a “Happy Blue Year,” co-written with guitarist Mighty Mike Schermer.

Lara Price is a true soul survivor.  Her talents are immense, and she has mentored with some of the greatest singers in all of R & B.  “I Mean Business” does exactly that!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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