WINNER! 2008 Blues Artist on the Rise
FINALIST! 2008 International Blues Challenge
FINALIST! 2008 Best Self-Produced CD
House of Blues Radio Hour Blues Breaker Artist
Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar and Modern Guitars magazines feature articles
You don't have to take our word for it, here's what the big time national press says about 'Cures What Ails Ya' by the Laurie Morvan Band...
"Stunning California axe slinger...exhilarating electric blues guitar style" Modern Guitars
"Fearless and fresh...Morvan plays with plenty of imagination" Vintage Guitar
"Morvan singes the strings" Guitar Player
"Superior pop-blues...favors content over effect" DownBeat
"A fiery, hell-burnin' set of great tunes" BluesSource.com
"Undeniable talent...captivates on vocals as on guitar" Jazz & Blues Report
"Wiry, fiery solos...sweet, soaring voice...lyrics deserve scrutiny" Blues Revue
"The power jumps right out..'Cures What Ails Ya' says it all" Big City Blues
"Ballsy, banging, top-class act...honey-thick, sultry voice" JSI Top 21
Cures What Ails Ya is red hot blues rock as defined by guitarist/vocalist Laurie Morvan. The 12 new songs, all written by Morvan, are an empowered look at a multitude of life's joys and challenges. Showcasing the impassioned guitar work of Laurie Morvan, the CD boasts an impressive list of guest artists, including several Grammy winners.
Laurie Morvan - all guitar parts, lead vocals
Lisa Grubbs - backing vocals, percussion, keyboards
Carolyn Kelley - backing vocals, keyboards, percussion
Pat Morvan - bass, backing vocals
Tony Braunagel - drums (Bonnie Raitt, Coco Montoya, B.B. King, Taj Mahal)
James "Hutch" Hutchinson - bass (Bonnie Raitt band)
George Duke - piano
Sammy Avila - B3 organ (Walter Trout band)
Doña Oxford - piano, organ (Shamekia Copeland, Popa Chubby, Buddy Guy)
The CD booklet lists individual musician credits for each song.
From the blazing stratocaster-on-fire guitar intro of the middle class anthem "Kickin' Down Doors", to the playful chickin' pickin' of "Where Are The Girls With Guitars", to the haunting and fluid melodic lines of "One Little Thing", to the organic front porch slide guitar twang of "Don't Give It Up", all the way through to the final passionate wah wah blast of In The River, Laurie Morvan's guitar playing sets the tone of this entire CD.
The well-crafted songs immediately engage the listener with both vocal and instrumental hooks. The story lines delve into gut-level issues everyone can relate to, and are driven by Laurie's clever and catchy lyrics. Her powerful vocals span every mood from self reflection and pain to whimsy and rebellion, culminating in the vulnerable, moving revelations of "Family Line".
This CD is an accurate portrait of the no-holds-barred-what-you-see-is-what-you-get sincerity of a Laurie Morvan Band performance. Every emotion is laid bare, every musical nuance is explored and nothing is held back.
Cures What Ails Ya has spent 18 weeks in the top 50 on the Roots Music Report "Roots Blues" chart.
The LMB has performed with Walter Trout, Debbie Davies, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Eric Sardinas, Candye Kane, and Corey Stevens.
"Smokin', sexy, screamin' rock & roll blues like you've never heard a woman, or a man, play." San Diego Indie Music Fest '07
"Ms. Morvan is a dynamite vocalist... her guitar playing stands with some of the best blues work anyone is playing these days."Gregory R. McGuire, RadioDirectX, Acoustic Guitar Magazine
"Few blues guitarists pour as much energy into their performance... she brought the house down...one fiery burst of rock-solid blues fireworks after another." Southland Blues Magazine