The first reviews of Larry Luvaul - Don't Look back are exciting, one fan wrote " Rarely have I been so genuinely touched by stories shared. The CD is incredibly beautiful; it has the potential to truly transport, so thank you for the journey."
"The album is intelligent and thoughtful, addressing the effects of war, water, relationships, and human experiences such as joining; mostly it is about family and the ties to one another" wrote a fan.
Here's what I thought the first time I heard it and still feel that way. This cd is a collection of true-life, heartfelt songs in the tradioion of folk music handed down through history.. Very refreshing, very honest. A Family treasure. Well done, my friend.
Johnna Dickey wrote: This album will touch every emotional heart string with each strum of his guitar strings! I laughed, cried, got lonesome for home, and wanted to join some random political group! A musical journey! well done sir.
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There is a sixteen page booklet in the album that has a story that was the inspiration for each song. The art work for the album tells the story of the collection of songs not with words but with images. The meaning of the art starts with the front of the cover, the desert setting is very much like where I grew up. The boy on a bike comes out of "Magificent and Valiant Four", the sailor is representative of ,"The War is Not Over" . The man, woman and three children on the road represent "Points of No Return". The man and woman holding hands represent "I will Hold Your Hand" and " You Own me". The man singing to a small group of people represents where I am in my life today, singing songs that I have written about my life and others such as "Ballou's Letter and The Crier Cheered". The rail road tracks represent "Hobo Joe" while my image at the end of the road , looking back down the road, represents "Don't Look Back". The river flowing into the sea represents "Water of Life" and the long dirt road is a symbol of the long path my life has taken and , as I wrote in Don't Look Back, my story is not finished.
The music is acoustic, full of rich and poignant fiddle/violin, harp , and guitar music that come together in wonderful support to the lyrics of the ballads. The percussions were recorded from the deep bass tones made from striking, by hand, the World War Two Obelisks Monument at the Olympia Washington State Capitol Building grounds.The albums genre is best described, I think, as Folk Rock or Heartland Rock. The songs have been called "Healing Music " by some who are familiar with the stories behind the songs. Turn the lights down low, relax in a comfortable chair and let the music take you away.