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1743

by John Lawler

Original fingerstyle acoustic guitar music (instrumental and vocal) with a decidedly Chicago feel combining folk, jazz, blues and harmonies.
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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1. Nuthouse
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2. Smackers
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3. It's All About Me
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4. Drifting
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5. Gone Tomorrow
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6. Open Your Eyes
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7. I'm an Alien
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8. 80 West
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9. See How You Are?
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10. Angel Cafe
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11. Girl on a Bicycle
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12. One Time
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13. Wheels
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Let's have a hand for John Lawler, a great guitar player."

jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson


"I wish all my students could hear John play. He does things that just can't be taught."

World renown classical guitarist and columnist for 'Guitar Player Magazine', Benjamin Verdery


John Lawler has been performing in and around the Chicago area for over twenty years. His unique instrumental style appeals to musicians and music lovers of all types. In 1989 Lawler was one of only eight guitarists from around the world chosen to perform his original instrumental compositions at the prestigious American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival. This festival has featured performances by such guitarists as Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins and Tuck Andress.

Lawler was personally invited by world renown classical guitarist and columnist for Guitar Player Magazine, Benjamin Verdery to perform at Mr. Verdery's master class in Chicago. He has performed with Sonia Dada lead singer Paris Delane and has opened for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson.

His debut CD, '1743', combines instrumental and vocal music that describe some very personal journeys that we all go through sooner or later. 'Angel Cafe', features the haunting voice of Chicago Rose as the counterpart to the suffering patron in the song. Lawler's sense of humor shows itself throughout the CD, often during some of the darkest moments. But the joy in such pieces as '80 West', 'Girl on a Bicycle' and 'Wheels' leave you with an, "Everything will be OK." feeling.

All tracks on the '1743' CD were written and arranged by John Lawler except, 'Wheels', which was written by Jimmy Torres and arranged for fingerstyle guitar by Muriel Anderson.

'Screen Magazine' writes about Lawler's '1743' CD, in their December 1, 2003 (Volume 24, No. 24) issue:

'The sound can be described as jazz, although the mix of folk and R and B combined with the absence of drums brings a boogie feel to the album.'

Lawler uses percussionist Kevin Patrick and five string fretless bassist Mark Beringer on many of the tunes.
The overall effect is an intimate sound. At times you feel as if you're being told a well gaurded secret.


Musicians on '1743':

John Lawler - guitar and vocals
Mark Beringer - electric five string and acoustic bass
Kevin Patrick - percussion and vocals
Chicago Rose - vocals and whistle (on 'Wheels')
Heather Horton - electric violin
Cory Radford - drums on 'Wheels'
Brian Murry - tenor sax on 'Wheels'


visit: allaboutjohn.com

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Necole

I spoke with him concerning his job search and he turned me on to his music...
I love the mixture of the music. It is very inspirational and I thoughly enjoy listening to it at my desk at work. You are a great musician and good luck in the future. I wish the best for you!!!!
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Necole

I spoke with him concerning his job search and he turned me on to his music...
I love the mixture of the music. It is very inspirational and I thoughly enjoy listening to it at my desk at work. You are a great musician and good luck in the future. I wish the best for you!!!!
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carl turza


I was lucky enough to hear John develop some of these songs from his early days playing at the Underground Wunderbar.....I have a very hard time believing he's not more well-known....his soul shines through on these songs, and it's hard to believe he can generate so much sound, even unaccompanied. The world needs to meet John Lawler.
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Betty Parker

Wonderful music with clear words.
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Sarah - Jane

Over the top!
Hi there John,

Well the time came for me to hear your music, very good John. You are a very talented fellow.

Take care & thank you.

gypsy
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T

deep and intricate finger-style guitar.
This cd makes me practice guitar and think about life. what more could you ask for from anything? John Lawler is a genius and I am waiting for the next installment of brilliance.
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Diane

I love it!
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Freddy

I felt like a kid again!
I could listen to this all day, especially on a long road trip. Drifting was a personal favorite of mine.
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Alan

Enjoyable yet thoughtful
The music will lead you on a wonderful journey. There are deep messages and light, fun songs. Complex and thoroughly enjoyable album. Look forward to more from John.
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Amy

love it
I love this CD. Every song is wonderfully done. I could listen to it all day long.
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