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Blues Intervention

by Marshall Lawrence

Acid Blues & Roots - delta-style Blues & Roots with a raw edge and an acid twist
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. So Long Rosalee
3:42 $0.99
2. Traveling Blues
2:39 $0.99
3. You're Gonna Find the Blues
3:21 $0.99
4. Lay Down My Sorrow
3:35 $0.99
5. If I Had A Nickel
3:52 $0.99
6. Your Woman Quit You
3:02 $0.99
7. Going Down To Louisiana
2:22 $0.99
8. Going To the River
1:59 $0.99
9. Detroit "Motor City" Blues
3:57 $0.99
10. Love Like Heroin
3:39 $0.99
11. Once Loved A Cowgirl
3:37 $0.99
12. Walking Blues
3:01 $0.99
13. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
2:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
“When it comes to building a solid foundation of Blues Music in Canada, there is a new cornerstone being laid and standing firmly on top of that stone is one of our truest Ambassador's of the Blues, Marshall Lawrence. For those that know Marshall, they know that he eats, breathes, lives, and loves the blues, and now with his newest release, "Blues Intervention", everyone else will be well aware of that too.” … John Vermilyea – Blues Underground Network

"... It's still delta-style country blues, but new. In fact, I think Lawrence is following in the footsteps of some very important artists like Bernie Pearl and Corey Harris and Taj Mahal in the way that he is at once historical musicologist and contemporary interpreter...." The Sunday Night Blues Project

When spring looks like it is going to stick and stay on the prairies, what comes with it is almost a feeling of salvation for those of us who plodded through another long winter. As calendar pages flip to the last weekend of April, many fine roots music practitioners and fans descend on a charming place slightly off the beaten path. The place is East Coulee, Alberta and the East Coulee Spring Festival announces the arrival of everything that isn't snow or bone chilling winds blowing across everything east of the Rocky Mountains. Arriving in East Coulee is like being transported back to 1958. An old hotel, an old schoolhouse and store fronts from another era stand a few hundred metres from a lazy and beautiful river.

On this late April day bluesman Marshall Lawrence brought his brand of acoustic blues to East Coulee. With resonator guitar in hand, perched on a stool with one leg resting comfortably on a vintage suitcase, Lawrence dug into a batch of new original tunes, many of which are tied to decade's old Delta grooves, yet sewn to his lyrics embracing timeless themes. It was a memorable evening, in a year that had been remarkably memorable for Marshall Lawrence. The singer-songwriter, interpreter and performer had, a few months earlier, received the nod from the national blues community through being nominated for a prestigious and national Maple Blues Award. This nomination pushed this hard working and passionate musician’s profile up a couple of plateaus, and deservedly so.

Lawrence had also been working hard in the studio with two of his respected peers, harmonica player Sherman Doucette and onetime B.B. King bassist Russell Jackson. At those Edmonton recording sessions Lawrence captured his best recorded performances to date, which is what you are listening to now. Assisted by award-winning engineer Barry Allen, Lawrence found his comfort zone and dispensed his acoustic blues with conviction, and a voice that is distinctly his own. The four participants also produced a disc with fine dynamics where the instrumental interplay was given room to breath.

While listening to this disc, picture an old, character school house in a magical prairie hamlet, and an attentive audience soaking up the sounds of a prairie bluesman who for an hour or so owns the stage, and that all involved are loving this traditional sound that is announcing a new beginning.



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Attila Horváth

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„With the raw and dynamic guitar play and the adrenalin-guided voice, Marshall incorporates other music styles’ (rock, soul and funky) elements to his performance, that the main lane, the blues isn’t impaired at all."
"The blues king of the maple leaf country belongs to the narrow group of those musicians, who know, how to renew the traditional Delta blues through infinite enthusiasm, fresh energy and new ideas." (Blues van -

Lucid Culture

Guitarist Marshall Lawrence’s new album Blues Intervention is blues with a Canadian accent. And it’s completely authentic – that applies to the blues as much as the accent. Like it or not, the blues, like any other style of music, keeps evolving: this is one fun, captivating example of where a talented contemporary artist can take a hundred-year-old style without cutting it off at the roots. Lawrence winkingly calls himself “The Doctor of the Blues,” since he actually is one: his alter ego is a professional psychologist. He keeps it simple and acoustic here, occasionally spicing the songs with mandolin or banjo, alongside his collaborators Sherman “Tank” Doucette on harmonica and former B.B. King sideman Russell Jackson on doghouse bass. Lawrence mixes up his originals with a diverse collection of classics. Lawrence’s take on the blues is brisk, an upbeat, houseparty style with deadpan, bright-eyed, bushytailed vocals that make every double entendre count. The opening track, So Long Rosalee sets the tone – Lawrence doesn’t try to be anybody but himself. In a world full of Clapton wannabes embarrassing themselves by doing what amounts to blackface, that’s genuinely refreshing.

As you might expect, the version of Traveling Blues here is a fast stomp, an amped-up take on the Tommy Johnson original and it’s great. Walking Blues is uncomplicatedly original – Lawrence puts his own stamp on it rather than trying to outdo Robert Johnson at fingerpicking. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad, along with an original, Going to the River mine a vintage Mississippi Sheiks string band vibe.

The rest of the album is originals. You’re Gonna Find the Blues works a bunch of standard lyrical tropes, Jackson playing simple, emphatic beats like Big Crawford did on those first classic Muddy Waters records. The down-and-out urban tale Lay Down My Sorrow and Detroit “Motor City” Blues – a party destination for as many Canadians as bored Detroiters who head for Windsor – are slow and mournful, enhanced by the harmonica. The best song on the album is a fast boogie, Once Loved a Cowgirl, with some sweet layers of guitar and a sly trick ending. There’s also a delta-style party anthem, Going Down to Louisiana; the clever woman-done-me-wrong blues If I Had a Nickel and a couple of tensely swinging resonator numbers. Put this in your collection alongside modern-day blues titans like Will Scott or Mamie Minch.

Cross posted from Lucid Culture