Marshall Lawrence review…March 9, 2018….

MARSHALL LAWRENCE

FEELING FINE

ML 10500

FEELING FINE–DANCING WITH A HURRICANE–IDA MAE–WHAT AM I DOING HERE–BLUES STILL GOT ME–GOING DOWN TO MEMPHIS–HELP ME FIND MY WAY HOME–MEAN HEARTED WOMAN–KEEP ON WALKING–DIRTY DISHES

Bluesman Marshall Lawrence has been described as a “Canadian treasure,” and rightfully so.  He truly is a student of the guitar, and uses that knowledge to make sure of the most important aspect of his lengthy career—that the listener has a good time!!  That’s the mantra of the ten originals on his latest, and fifth overall release, “Feeling Fine.”  Multiple listens may remind many of the “classic rock” from the Seventies and Eighties, but ol’ Marshall puts his own stamp on everything he does.  He knows a ton of licks from everybody from Elmore to Chuck to Lemmy and back again, and pulls a lot of ’em out of his bag of tricks for this rowdy and raucous set.

He leads off with the autobiographical title cut, where we know, “I’ve been up, and I’ve been down, but I’m always happy and never frown,”  “Ida Mae” rocks with sheer abandon, with Andrew Glover’s keyboards adding to this stone party anthem!  Marshall lets his slide do the talking in “Going Down To Memphis,” while he seeks redemption from a life of hard partyin’ in the minor-key, “brother, Help Me Find My Way Home.”  And, from a man who’s laid down a funk lick or two, the set closes on the funkiest note of all, “Dirty Dishes,” guaranteed to be a dance-floor fave!

Our favorite was one of the most unique cuts on the set.  After a blistering, Sun-kissed rockabilly intro, Marshall goes into a sweet slow-blues tale about a man who, perhaps has had one or two too many, and the resulting consequences, “What Am I Doing Here.”

Marshall Lawrence uses this album as a progression of all the styles he’s played, effectively bringing it all full-circle.  Yup—on this set, ol’ Marshall sho’ nuff is “Feeling Fine!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

 

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