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Lawrence Lanahan

by Lawrence Lanahan

Well, it sort of sounds like Bert Jansch...but what's that noise? Soothing now, slightly menacing later, averaging out to menathing. Crisp melodies. Wry, sentimental stories. Elliott Smith? Chris Smither? Not The Smiths, but slightly Smithsonianian.
Genre: Folk: like Joni
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1. The Big Move
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2. Great Hall
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3. Train Station
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4. Blackfish Creek
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5. Weddings and Engagements
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6. Boards
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Players on Train Station
Cris Jacobs: vocals
Ed Hough: vocals, dobro
B.J. Lazarus: mandolin
Dave Frieman: double bass
Kevin Corbin: banjo

Engineering: Chris Bentley
Photography: Tom Nachazel

REVIEWS
Bob Frapples, Music Monthly (April 2005):

Finally, a singer-songwriter with the guts to breathe some life into an otherwise stagnant genre. Chilling chord progressions merge with haunting Buckley-esque vocals to create a new sound that's deeply rooted in the finer moments of 70's acoustica. This disk will absolutely stay in the CD changer... While Lanahan's peers are sifting through David Gray's coffee grinds looking for the essence of his brilliance, Lanahan is content to distill his own home brew. In the process, he's creating his own genre, but will anyone else have the guts to join him?

Bret McCabe, Baltimore City Paper (May 2004):

Baltimore-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Lawrence Lanahan leans toward intricately finger-picked melodies of a country-blues flavor, and it lends his self-titled debut CD EP a backwoods expanse.

Peter Bate, Americana UK (May 2004):

"6 out of 10" -- Debut solo release from Baltimore singer-songwriter Lawrence Lanahan, also guitarist for local band Juicebox, their sound described as "jazz/funk/improv" - three words guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of this reviewer. Thankfully no such horrors lay in wait on this six track mini album of acoustic folk pop. If it's comparisons you're after then vocally (particularly "Great Hall" and the wonderful "Weddings and Engagements") - Mason Jennings is as close as anything and how can that ever be a bad thing? In just over 25 minutes Lawrence Lanahan delivers enough melodic and lyrical invention to suggest that a full-length album will be well worthy of investigation.

J Max G, WMUC 88.1 FM, University of Maryland:

A DIY release of pleasant indie pop from Baltimore, which features some folky finger pickin' and country twang in the guitars & some clever lyrics. A fine release that deserves some airplay.

Common Grounds, Arlington, VA (May 2004):

...Baltimore's Lawrence Lanahan, an acoustic performer of intricately picked guitar work and melodious, thoughtful songs.

Greg Yost, Music Monthly (November 2003):

Even though Lanahan is also a member of the jazz/funk band Juicebox, he proves that his range is not limited to those areas. From the pretty instrumental "Blackfish Creek" to the quirky folk of "Weddings and Engagements," Lanahan impresses at every turn. With a voice and vocal delivery similar to indie folk artist Mason Jennings, he offers a unique sound to the local scene.

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