Laurie Morvan review…March 8, 2018….

LAURIE MORVAN

GRAVITY

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MY MODERATION–TWICE THE TROUBLE–STAY WITH ME–MONEY TALKS–THE EXTRA MILE–GRAVITY–DANCE IN THE RAIN–GOTTA DIG DEEP–THE MAN WHO LEFT ME–SHAKE YOUR TAILFEATHERS–I WANT ANSWERS–TOO DUMB TO QUIT

Laurie Morvan is a killer West coast guitar slinger who has been on our radar for a number of years.  She’s teamed up with producer Tony Braunagel, (who doubles down on drums), to release her sixth set overall, “Gravity.”  Joining her on this sweet, all-original ride are Mike Finnigan, Jim Pugh and Barry Goldberg on keys, with Bob Glaub on bass.  All these guys have played with everyone you can name, and help make this one special set, indeed, with Laurie leading the charge on vocals and guitars.

Laurie doesn’t waste any time, lading off with a blistering rocker that offers some sage advice for us all–“Keep a level head and do what you should,” in “My Moderation needs some moderation!”  She also touches on a humorous subject to which most all of us can relate.  Set over another red-hot shuffle groove, we all know how “Money Talks, but mine says bye-bye!”

She strikes a poignant chord and shouts out a message to all of us who grew up without a father in the near-spiritual, testifyin’, slide-heavy, “The Man Who Left Me.”  “I Want Answers, I won’t wait another day,” may well be a clarion call to a society pounded by a daily barrage of bad news and senseless killings.

We had two favorites, too.  Laurie pays tribute to B. B. King with a bristling solo that’d make ol’ Lucille proud in the anthem of empowerment, “Shake Your Tailfeathers.”  And, another song about all of us and our myriad of bad habits closes the set.  Slide guitar gives way to a cool wah-wah break in the tale of those habits, making us either “tough as nails, or I’m Too Dumb To Quit!”

Laurie Morvan won the Blues Foundation’s Best Self-Produced  CD award back in 2010, for “Fire It Up,” from 2009, and she continues to mix sultry, soulful vocals with powerful playing, and that uncanny knack for the right note at just the right time.  Fans, you’ll easily be pulled into Laurie’s “Gravity” within these grooves!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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