Lara And The Bluz Dawgs review….October 28, 2017…

LARA AND THE BLUZ DAWGS

OUT HERE IN THE BLUE

LOCK ALLEY MUSIC

EASY COME, EASY GO–DO WHAT YOU DO–OUT HERE IN THE BLUE–CATCH ME IF YOU CAN–WALK AWAY–SMOKE BREAK–LOVE SLIPS AWAY–WHERE YOU BEEN–CUSTOM MADE–MOONLIGHT–WRONG QUESTION

Lara And The Bluz Dawgs are headed up by the husband-wife duo of vocalist Laura and bassist Gregg Germony.  The other Dawgs are Al Rowe on guitar, Carlos Ruiz on drums, Reggie Murray on sax and B-3, with Dan Nadasdi on all other keys.  Their latest set for Lock Alley Music is “Out Here In The Blue,” eleven band originals led by Lara’s powerfully-soulful vocal delivery honed thru not only classical training, but also thru her passion for jazz, rock, country, and, especially, the blues.  This set has a strong Nashville Connection, as most all the players are local residents, with Gregg and Jim Schacher producing, over at the Song Closet here in town.

Lara certainly has a beautifully-pure voice that evokes all manner of emotions throughout these cuts.  They kick off on a swingin’ note, with a wishy-washy lover who won’t “let your feelings show,” “Easy Come, Easy Go.”  A slow, sax-and-keys intro gets the pot boiling for the title cut, as a lonely Laura wears her heart on her sleeve and begs the question, “how can I go on without you, lost Out Here In The Blue?”  Lara stays in that “torch-y” mode for the story of a thrill that is sho’ nuff gone, as our lovers are “looking back to yesterday,” when “Love Slips Away.”  Al gets in a sweet, long, Lucille-like solo at the bridge, too.

They have a lot of fun, too.  An endless boogie, roadhouse rocker,  with Dan’s piano ridin’ the groove set up by Lara as she extols the virtues of her man is the ultra-cool “he’s Custom Made for me!”  That good-time vibe was all over a cool instrumental, too.  Everyone plays their collective buns off on a tune co-written by sax man Reggie Murray that pretty much sums itself up within its title—“Smoke Break!”  These two riveting rockers served as our favorites.

It’s always a stone gas to see a new set from Lara And The Bluz Dawgs.  You know you’re gonna get the blues, the whole blues, and nothin’ but the (very well-played) blues from “Out Here In The Blue!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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