Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- MARSHALL LAWRENCE -- Blues Intervention

BLUES INTERVENTION
Marshall Lawrence
Indie
8-out-of-10

Marshall Lawrence brings his blues out of Edmonton where he has been honing his skills for some time.
Regular readers may recall the review here in September 2009, of Lawrence’s The Morning After, a solid blues effort which pulled a 7.5 here.
Well Lawrence is back with the 13-cut Blues Intervention, including nine songs he has penned himself.
It is great to see an artist creating on both sides of the business, performing and writing.
The disk kicks off with So Long Rosalee a nice solid first song. The CD then winds through Lawrence’s own material, ending with a couple of old songs, Walking Blues by the great Robert Johnson and the traditional Going Down The Road Feeling Bad.
Lawrence provides the guitar, banjo and mandolin work as well.
There is some nice harmonica work added by Sherman ‘Tank’ Doucette and Russell Jackson is along to provide bass.
Overall Lawrence keeps the music nice and basic here with the instrumentation, but that is fine since it really allows the soul of the music to come to the forefront. In Lawrence’s case its Delta Blues that he serves up.
The best cut might be If I Had a Nickel. A nice self-penned cut for Lawrence.
Vocally, this CD comes across as just a little more polished than his earlier effort reviewed here. That’s a good thing. You’d expect it too with this being his third disk, his debut Where’s The Party was released in 2003.
This is definitely a disk for blues fan to search out. Hopefully Lawrence will keep pushing out the blues for years to come.
You can check the disk out at www.doctorblues.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 2, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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