Marshall Lawrence | Where's The Party

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Where's The Party

by Marshall Lawrence

A fierce brew of blues, rock, funk and soul-- a wild ride he calls "acid blues". Fueled by his unwaivering dedication to the blues and his instinctive need to wail, Marshall is setting the blues on fire. Come on in and enjoy the ride.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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1. Key To The Highway
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2. I'll Play The Blues For You
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3. Pour Me Another
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4. How Many More Years
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5. Snatch It Back And Hold It
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6. But I Forgive You Blues
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7. There's Something On Your Mind
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8. Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do
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9. I Just Want To Make Love To You
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10. Hey Brother
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Album Notes
A driving force has emerged on the Canadian blues scene.
Marshall Lawrence, "The Doctor of the Blues" is taking traditional blues styles and infusing them with a raw, fiery energy. Marshall's adrenaline-driven sound is a fierce combination of funk, rock and soul: a wild ride he calls "acid blues". His CD entitled "Where's The Party?" is a testament to this sound-- it is a recording where Marshall pays homage to the great veterans of the blues, but anchors it all down with his wailing, energetic style. It is an album for traditional blues enthusiasts who seek electrifying performances and an enigmatic blues experience.

Live, Marshall soars high, delivering the classics as well as original compositions that have audiences up and dancing in a Mississippi minute. Marshall rocks the blues in a genuinely singular style fuelled by his passionate and intense approach. A true original, Marshall Lawrence is sure to make a significant contribution to the Canadian blues scene by introducing a new era of modern blues performance.

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B. Henry

The Roots of the Blues
Marshall has done his homework.
This CD is a perfect example of "True Blues". Melodic, smooth and well defined. This is what I expect when the word "blues" is tossed out. This is not your usual top 40 attempt at a blues song. This is the real deal. The horns, backup singers and his surprise addition of the mandolin all make this project a gem. The notes flow, the singing raw and true to the form. Just plain and simple blues. Not the usual playing notes for the sake of playing. I had seen Marshall play many years back in my town. At the time he played a couple of songs that blew me away. He was, and still is one of the fastest guitarists I have seen. Look out! You never know what this guy will throw out.
If you own it, enjoy. If you have not ordered it yet? Wake up, smell the BBQ and order one ASAP.
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J. Friesen

Marshall Lawrence makes all the right moves!
Marshall Lawrence is one the best of the newer generation of Canadian blues guitarists. Based in Edmonton, he performs a potent mix of traditional blues and his own “acid blues” sound. This stylistic merger has more than proven itself on Marshall’s debut CD release, Where’s the Party?

Joining Marshall for these Homestead sessions were "Marvelous" Marvin Yakoweshen on tenor saxophone; The Marshettes (Angela Lee Mandric & Angie MacKenzie) on backing vocals; Peter Dykes on bass and vocals; and Kelly Pikula on drums. The effort was produced, engineered and mixed by the multiple award-winning producer Barry Allen.

The general theme of Where’s the Party? is firmly rooted around good times, but the blues is the blues, so you’ll also find songs about lost loves and being “done wrong”. The result is a feel good disc perfect for cranking loud, and balanced by some traditional low down blues.

Lawrence opens the album with the Big Bill Broonzy classic, “Key to the Highway”, and the pleasant surprise here is his unique blues mandolin playing, as well as some strong supporting vocals. Next, Marshall cranks out “I’ll Play the Blues for You”, a minor scale rocker that features his hot guitar tones. The ripping continues with the Lawrence-penned “Pour Me Another”. A quintessential party tune, the song is highlighted by some commanding soloing that demonstrates Marshall’s killer vibrato. A forceful rendition of Chester Burnett’s “How Many More Years” is one of the strongest tracks on the CD. The solo section opens up with 60s-influenced rawness, hinting at the true roots of Marshall’s “acid blues” sound. Kick yer shoes off for “Snatch It Back and Hold It”, the Junior Wells Chicago blues classic that jumps off the CD next! The pace is furious—almost amphetamine driven—with Marshall leading the way with some raucous fretboard fun. “But I Forgive You Blues”, “There’s Something On Your Mind”, and “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do” make up the laidback portion of the disc, and this is where the strength of the band really shines through. The rhythm section is solid and powerful, providing an excellent foundation for Marvin and Marshall to stretch out. The disc closes with a driving cover of Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want to Make Love to You”, and Marshall’s own “Hey Brother”, a heavy “acid blues” tune, complete with a Jimi-inspired, wah-wah drenched guitar solo and raw, wailing vocals.

Where’s the Party? is a captivating collection of blues that capitalizes on Lawrence at his prime with the genre. On his debut release, Marshall Lawrence makes all the right moves. Make sure you check this one out!
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J. Friesen

Marshall Lawrence performs a potent mix of traditional blues and his own "acid b
Marshall Lawrence is one the best of the newer generation of Canadian blues guitarists. Based in Edmonton, he performs a potent mix of traditional blues and his own "acid blues" sound. This stylistic merger has more than proven itself on Marshall's debut CD release, Where's the Party?

Joining Marshall for these Homestead sessions were "Marvelous" Marvin Yakoweshen on tenor saxophone; The Marshettes (Angela Lee Mandric & Angie
MacKenzie) on backing vocals; Peter Dykes on bass and vocals; and Kelly Pikula on drums. The effort was produced, engineered and mixed by the multiple award-winning producer Barry Allen.

The general theme of Where's the Party? is firmly rooted around good times, but the blues is the blues, so you'll also find songs about lost loves and being "done wrong". The result is a feel good disc perfect for cranking loud, and balanced by some traditional low down blues.

Lawrence opens the album with the Big Bill Broonzy classic, "Key to the Highway", and the pleasant surprise here is his unique blues mandolin playing, as well as some strong supporting vocals. Next, Marshall cranks out "I'll Play the Blues for You", a minor scale rocker that features his hot guitar tones. The ripping continues with the Lawrence-penned "Pour Me Another". A quintessential party tune, the song is highlighted by some commanding soloing that demonstrates Marshall's killer vibrato. A forceful rendition of Chester Burnett's "How Many More Years" is one of the strongest tracks on the CD. The solo section opens up with 60s-influenced rawness, hinting at the true roots of Marshall's "acid blues" sound. Kick yer shoes off for "Snatch It Back and Hold It", the Junior Wells Chicago blues classic that jumps off the CD next! The pace is furious--almost amphetamine driven--with Marshall leading the way with some raucous fretboard fun. "But I Forgive You Blues", "There's Something On Your Mind", and "Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do" make up the laidback portion of the disc, and this is where the strength of the band really shines through. The rhythm section is solid and powerful, providing an excellent foundation for Marvin and Marshall to stretch out. The disc closes with a driving cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You", and Marshall's own "Hey Brother", a heavy "acid blues" tune, complete with a Jimi-inspired, wah-wah drenched guitar solo and raw, wailing vocals.

Where's the Party? is a captivating collection of blues that capitalizes on Lawrence at his prime with the genre. On his debut release, Marshall Lawrence makes all the right moves. Make sure you check this one out!
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H. Armstrong

Mandolin is Key
Personally my favorite track is Key to the Highway. Love that blues mandolin Marshall! Keep kickin it up.
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Richard Amery Kenora Daily Miner and News

Cool blues from the north
Coming down to you from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the self professed doctor of the blues, Marshall Lawrence is out for a good time on his new debut CD, Where’s the Party?
Lawrence kicks the party into gear with a sizzling mandolin powered take on blues classic Key to the Highway. This unique angle makes the CD immediately worth every penny, it is just unfortunate the mandolin is scarce to be found on the rest of the CD. While it would be interesting to hear how the good doctor incorporates mandolin into some of his renditions of other blues classics and two originals, Lawrence provides plenty of high powered guitar soloing and gravelly blues vocals. Plus he adds a killer horn section to add a little jazz into the mix.
He also has one of the best drinking songs I have heard in a while, Pour Me Another. And ’Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do, one of the few slower tempo tracks on the Cd, is good enough to justify any hangover.
Where’s the Party? is and excellent listen all the way through.
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