Laurie Jane And The 45’s review…March 13, 2018.

LAURIE JANE AND THE 45’S

MIDNIGHT JUBILEE

DOWN IN THE ALLEY RECORDS

WAIT SO LONG–LUCKY BOY–MIDNIGHT JUBILEE–HOWLIN’ FOR MY DARLIN’–FINE BY ME–DOWN THIS ROAD–IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME–COULDN’T CRY ALONE–GOT ME WHERE YOU WANT ME–WHATS A GIRL TO DO–NOT WITH YOU

Laurie Jane And The 45’s hail from Louisville, KY, and consist of Laurie Jane Duggins on vocals, Cort Duggins on guitars, Jason Embry on bass, and Scott Dugsdale on percussion.  That Louisville area offers up some unique musical influences.  Go just a little bit north, and there’s the blues of Chicago.  Come on down this way, and there’s the Sun-kissed rockabilly of Memphis, and an hour farther south and you are down at the Crossroads.  Laurie and the fellows make good use of all those influences on the eleven cuts that comprise their latest album, “Midnight Jubilee.”  Plus, she’s got a tremendous voice that can prowl, howl, and growl with the best of ’em.

Witness that howl as Cort hits that unmistakable riff that rides thru the Wolf’s “Howlin’ For My Darlin,” as Laurie exhorts that “every time he kiss me, he makes the lights go out!”  She is excellent at playing the scorned lover who’s had enough in “That’s Fine By Me,” while Cort’s slide is full of tears as Laurie laments a lover long gone in “I Couldn’t Cry Alone,” with a definite Fifties vibe.  And, that girl who keeps coming back for more is the theme of the midtempo shuffle of “You Got Me Right Where You Want Me, that’s right where I want to be,” and Cort lays down a mean, B. B.-inspired solo at the bridge.

Our favorite closed the set.  Over a chugging, freight-train beat, Laurie and the guys turn in an absolute Sun-washed gem with the rockabilly groove of Laurie’s kiss-off to a lover, “I’m leavin’ here, Just Not With You!”

Laurie And The 45’s have a lot of fun on “Midnight Jubilee,” and that energy translates onto the grooves.  Wanna dance?  Put this one on, roll back the rug and dance until…next time!  Sheryl and Don Crow.

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