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Blues: Piano Blues Moods: Featuring Piano Country: Americana Holiday: Easy Listening Holiday: Jazz

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Richie Lawrence

Rue Sanxay, the forthcoming release from musician/songwriter Richie Lawrence, is a flat out love fest; new love, old love, New York love, Parisian love, Bayou love and eternal pining. Typical of Lawrence’s ever-eclectic gamut of song, one finds both lyric and instrumental tracks. Tunes emerge from a sublime melancholy, a wry sense of humor, and honesty.

Richie’s debut Melancholy Waltz relied on solo instrumental music, stark and haunting. Water, the second record, was cut with his band The Yolos. Rue Sanxay draws from both and takes a step further. With four rocking instrumentals in Cajun/Zydeco, French Waltz, Jazz Trio, and Classic Ragtime styles, only the Tribute Rag is solo piano. Two are with fellow Yolos, Scott Prawalsky on upright bass and Bart van der Zeeuw on drums.

The real departure comes with three beautiful lead vocals by Katie Thomas: When I Find My Love Someday, Play On and Oxford Town. Play On and title track Rue Sanxay are co-written by Richie and talented longtime musical cohort Paul Lacques (I See Hawks In L.A., Double Naught Spy Car, Rotondi), who plays guitar on Rue Sanxay. Oxford Town, the sole cover, is penned by great blues troubadour and old friend Ray Bonneville.

Rue Sanxay was recorded by the newest Yolo, talented on all things stringed, Matt Baxter, at the fabulous Baxter’s Ranch Recording studio in Auburn, CA. Listen for these other featured master musicians: Shawn Nourse, Matt Baxter, Josh Rabie, Pete Grant and Wayne Wallace!

Richie’s musical backdrop creates the foundation for the varied genres that weave through his songs--styles absorbed, refashioned and born anew. Attending the opera with his grandparents at hometown Tulsa municipal theater; listening to country music permeating the Oklahoma airwaves; digging big band swing and Ray Charles with his father Richard Sr., also a pianist; older sister Elvis immersion; attending a 1965 concert with James Brown opening for The Rolling Stones; hanging with Chicago musicians and being initiated into the living blues; moving to Los Angeles, meeting Paul Lacques and together forging a new wave polka music in Rotondi; Touring the world with cowboy folk music purveyors, Horse Sense; plying the Farmers Markets of the central California Valley with The Loose Acoustic Trio; and a new partnership with Ray Bonneville--all define a rainbow of beautifully rendered song colors. If there's a niche here, the category Americana comes to mind, but in the broadest sense of the word. Enter the eclectic music wonderland according to Richie.

Richie has mastered the ability to take Roots Americana in its most August lazy and yet make it seem fresh. It is strange and wonderful.
Dan Collins for The LA Record

“….a special sound has been created that is very independent. Very expressive..”

Excellent pianist with passion

There's something powerful and joyful about his piano compositions. Brian Fitzpatrick

A talent like no other on the piano Maverick Magazine

“This is what music is meant to do, I am transported….”