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Monday, November 9, 2009

Laurie Morvan is sure to Fire It Up!

Laurie Morvan is one of the hottest guitar wielding blues women in California.  Tall, blond, leggy and can play too.  Recently on the Pacific Blues Cruise, Laurie improvised a set with a drummer who played a cardboard box and a plastic tote lid under the tent of "Big City Rhythm & Blues."  Junior and Sugar's humor and random musicians joining in made the jam an unexpected highlight on the pool deck.  And then there was Laurie's genuine warmth and ability to read and connect with people, converting strangers into fans in record time.

Laurie is a born and bred Illinoisan from the New Lenox, Joliet, Plainfield area.  She is also a University of Illinois Engineering Graduate and volleyball team player.  So, how did this talented blues artist manage to escape the corn and soybeans?  She took a day job in LA, but in Aerospace, not music.  Music was reserved for her night time hobbies.  She was a rocker, until she discovered Stevie Ray Vaughn.   Earning her Master's Degree in Applied Mathematics, Laurie raised money for her passion by teaching college courses.

Her first release was in 1997.  Since then, she has put out three more.  The third CD, "Cure What Ails Ya," is what launched The Laurie Morvan Band and brought them well deserved recognition in not only the media, but by advancing as a finalist in two separate categories at the 2008 IBC awards in Memphis.

Her newest release, "Fire It Up," promises to be her best.  Twelve original songs, written by her, backed by her band, and delivered with the feeling a Midwestern native can evoke.  Songs include; Lay Your Hands, Let Me Carry Your Troubles, Come On Over To My BBQ, Livin' in a Mans World, and Cafe Boogaloo, named after a real juke joint.  Laurie noted on the cruise, that since there were so many songs dedicated to "Big Legged Women" that she felt Skinny Chicks needed love too,and so was born yet another playful, fun original song on the CD.  

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