Lauren Anderson review…February 5, 2016…

LAUREN ANDERSON

TRULY ME

ONE DAY–SHAME–MY REMINDER–CAN’T YOU SEE–I DON’T NEED–NO REGRETS–LADY JANE–HOLE IN THE BOAT–MINE–NO GOOD–WINTER WALTZ–WHERE ARE YOU NOW–CLOSE–STOP

One really does have to wonder just what it is about the Kansas City area that makes it so rich in talented young blues players.  Along with the Schnebelen family that once comprised Trampled Under Foot, as well as many others, we are proud to bring you the debut from a startlingly-soulful young woman from that fertile area, Lauren Anderson.  She is a fantastic guitarist, composer, and singer who recently won a Midwest Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, and, when you listen to her album of fourteen originals, “Truly Me,” you’ll get a good glimpse of who she is, what she’s about, and where she’s headed.

Joining Lauren on this set are Adam Stuber on guitar, Dylan Reiter on bass, and Kris Schnebelen on drums.  Lauren writes these songs from her soul, many dealing with love and its many pitfalls.  You gotta love that rolling Delta slide that drives the opening cut, which might well serve as Lauren’s autobiography.  “One Day” details her life “wishing I was someone else, until One Day I found the blues!”  The lustful longings of youth are spelled out in the on-again, off-again lovers of “Shame,” while she begs a balking paramour to commit with “Can’t You See I can’t let go of this feeling you give to me!”  This one is done acoustically, and has a sweet touch of funk.  And, those “bad girls” we are all drawn to, with those “crimson lips”and that “deceitful grin,” are, really, “just No Good.”  “Where Are You Now” rocks from the opening piano riff from Shinetop, while “My Reminder” is a vintage shot of soul, with Shinetop’s testifyin’ organ lines over Lauren’s vocal, looking to find that place that is “really and Truly Me.”

Our favorite was easy. Lauren has the perfect voice for a “torch song”–sultry and sexy–and “No Regrets” is a good one.  Brush-stroked drums and Shinetop’s jazzy piano trace the tale of two lovers tasting that “forbidden fruit,” with “No Regrets ’til we’re through!”

It is always a pleasure to be able to introduce to our readers fresh new blues talent.  With “Truly Me,” Lauren Anderson is sho’ nuff ready to blast off!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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