Laurie Larson | Aquila

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Aquila

by Laurie Larson

The Alternative to Alternative - Pink Floydette If Pink Floyd had had a sex change operation, might've sounded a lot like this. - from GarageBand.com
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Soul Purpose
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2. My Time Will Arrive
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3. Architect of Dreams
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4. Center of Light
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5. Road to Elysium
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6. On This Day
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7. Aquila
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8. Utopia
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9. Light of Freedom
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10. Child of the Wind
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"It's up to you now to become the next bright spot. Keep heading in the direction you are heading and good things will come your way. Best of luck to you Laurie." - Regards, Marshall Blonstein President of Audio Fidelity, former president of Island Records, Blonstein helped foster the success of Carole King's "Tapestry" album and he built two of the biggest cult-film franchises, which still draw loyal audiences today- "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and Cheech and Chong.

Laurie Larson's second album Aquila continues to showcase her compelling songwriting and vocals. The demo version of Architect of Dreams appears on the debut Crossroads Cafe CD Sampler that also includes songs from Emmylou Harris, Buckethead and Mary Youngblood. That version of Architect of Dreams made her a 2002 MP3 Grammy Nominee, and it reached #25 on MP3.com's New Age chart. The 2006 version is even better! Other demo versions of the songs have charted on MP3.com. as well, Child of the Wind reached #3 overall and On this Day climbed to #3 on the Americana chart. Her CD which featured some of these demos was the 4th highest selling folk CD on MP3.com, just ahead of another 2002 MP3 Grammy Nominee, The Byrds Roger McGuinn and his Folk Den CDs. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Richie Furay, who founded Buffalo Springfield and Poco helped order the tracks on Aquila. "To me there was no question as I listened that that Child of the Wind should be the closer, other favorites include Center of Light and Soul Purpose. Good job, good musicians. I even detected a little (Eagles guitar work there)." - Richie Furay. The mastering, production and engineering was done by Jim Brady who has done the same for Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers, Cracker, the Crow Soundtrack and the television show, the Young Riders.

Ed Delucia: Guitars (Ronstadts)
Ralph Gilmore: Drums (Grass Roots)
Jim Brady: Bass (Sunspot)


"I have been involved with Classic Rock radio stations for nearly 20 years and the music, although great, is not changing. Recently I listened to a new release Aquila by Laurie Larson and was blown away, classic rock but it is new stuff. Like Neil Young said, 'Rock and Roll is here to stay' and Laurie proves it with every cut from her album. The melody has that haunting roughness that makes it sound classic and the lyrics are timeless. It is a must play on any rock station."- Jim Seemiller, President, ATB Broadcast Consultants, Inc.


Laurie was born May 4, 1967 in Kalispel, Montana. She went to high school in Custer, South Dakota, Littleton, Colorado and Los Lunas, New Mexico.

She has been on stage with Jefferson Airplane, Mick Fleetwood's Zoo and members of Country Joe and the Fish. She has won awards for her bass playing in several jazz contests.


Her song Feather Dancer was a top video in Albuquerque, NM.

Laurie ran twice for the Arizona House of Representatives and has been a web designer for several candidates from Congressional Races to Governor.

Her art and photography is also available at the Work of Artists Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona.

A former radio announcer and rock & roll music director for KKHG, KLSK, KESP, KAZL & KSLX,
Laurie has also worked in state and city government, education and for Kitt Peak National Observatory. Currently, she is the Operations Manager for two radio stations in Phoenix.


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Indie Hall of Fame

Hidden songwriting treasure
The album would hold its own against any of the mainsteam fare of today, but thankfully remains indie. Every track is good, unlike most pop fare that has only 2 or 3 good songs per album. Impressive!

Michael Lopez

Mpu
I can't play these songs they have a mpu extension.

Georgia Moncrief

Timeless music
If you are looking for something refreshingly different to listen to then look no further, Aquila is here. The allure of the music on this cd is timeless. Laurie Larson has created a masterpiece that will be a welcome destination for any listener.

Jim West - Long-time Phoenix radio personality and radio Program

Mystical, airy quality that at once relaxes the senses...
"Aquila", the second album from Laurie Larson offers a mystical, airy quality that at once relaxes the senses.

Laurie smoothly glides you through a surreal musical journey backed by a group of talented sidemen offering up many excellent guitar solos that will take you to the stars and back!

Standout cuts include: "On This Day", "Utopia", and the title cut "Aquila".

Recommendation: After a long stressful workday pop this CD into a player in a quiet cool room. Then relax in a recliner and enjoy "Aquila" through a good pair of headphones.

John Rose,Host of "HIdden Treasures Of Rock'N'Roll" at UIC Radio

I Love This CD!
Laurie Larson's "Aquila" sparkles with an ethereal beauty. I love her songs and voice throughout the CD. I heartily recommend it to anyone looking for something original to listen to.

Mike Ostrom

Laurie Larson's Aquila is cool.
Aquila is a very nice CD. After listening awhile to Hard Rock it is great to be able to put on something different, Laurie's layered vocals are very smooth and there are some great guitar sounds through out. Listen to Aquila soon, and enjoy. I like the song "On This Day" the best so far.
Listen to Aquila, enjoy it now and thank me later. If you like it look up her last CD- Artist's Mirage.

Lanky & Dino

More impressive than Susan Christie's Classic "I LOVE ONIONS"
Grace Slick and Lynn Anderson would be impressed! Strange things happen in this world,Laurie.Thank God!

Paul Monaco iKISS FM

An Alternative to Alternative
Your title track is clearly the signature cut on the CD but it's very close. You don't seem to have a "bad track" in the collection. If someone likes "Aquila" they will be pleased with the rest. I think your myspace slogan sums your style up best, "An Alternative to Alternative"... perfect. The Avril / Natalie / Jewel sound defined female alternative in the 90's, you're defining the genre in the new millennium.

Radio Teutoburger Wald - Germany

Fantastic!
Laurie Larson creates music which one can feel. Fantastic!

At the moment our listeners like the tunes #4, #6 and #10

(Programme director: Christian Claesberg)
(DJ: Andrea Stolle)