"Lebo remains of this country's greatest living blues singers ..." - LA WEEKLY
"Lawrence possesses one of the better female blues voices out there today."
- BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE
Blues, Roots and a little jazz, LAWRENCE LEBO is one hot original mix of the traditional American musical pallet! Intellectually curious and stubbornly original, LEBO strives to explore American Blues & Roots music and develop her art in ways that defy categorization.
Available for live music performance at events, festivals, concerts, night clubs and private parties. CD's available for purchase.
Ms. Lebo also teaches private voice, ukulele and beginning piano lessons. In addition, she teaches toddler music classes at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Bring her toddler music classes to your venue!
Awarded "BEST BLUES SINGER"-LA WEEKLY BEST OF LA 2014
UCLA Alumni Association
The Grammy's (The Recording Academy)
The Blues Foundation
By Falling James/LA WEEKLY
There are a lot of fine blues divas belting it out today, but there's no one quite like Lawrence Lebo. For one thing, the L.A. singer writes most of her own songs, which sound seamless next to the occasional classic covers she pulls out of her deep bag of tricks. For another thing, she's not a slavish revivalist who's satisfied to merely relive the past. "Lawrence's Working Girl Blues," from her excellent 2010 album, Don't Call Her Larry, Volume 3: American Roots (On the Air Records), is a wise and cheeky answer song to Three 6 Mafia's infamous "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," as Lebo, refreshingly, sings from a prostitute's point of view instead of a pimp's. She reveals her sentimental and romantic side in her charming new single, "Happy Anniversary, Baby," a valentine to her bassist-husband, Denny Croy, that celebrates their quarter century of marriage. At tonight's show at McCabe's (where Lebo works as a blues instructor), the singer will be joined by Croy, guitarist Tony Mandracchia and accordionist Phil Parlapiano. For part of the show, she and Croy will perform a few intimate tunes as a duo. Whether she's backed by a full band or croons in smaller settings, Lebo is a masterful song stylist, infusing her bluesy lamentations with a sassy sense of swing and a playfully jazzy sophistication.
AMERICAN BLUES SCENE MAGAZINE
It is always refreshing to hear something different when experiencing the joy that is blues. Just finished listening to The Best of Don’t Call Her Larry Blues Mix by Lawrence Lebo (On The Air Records). Hailing from California, Ms. Lebo is deeply involved with the blues. For over 25 years, she has written and sung blues. She has been (and still is) a band leader, and is currently listed as a Blues Educator with The Blues Foundation, teaching vocal technique workshops at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California.
A great vocal will often lift a song to new heights, becoming an instrument all its own. Think of Peggy Lee, Dina Washington, Lena Horne, Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin, and Etta James. A great vocal will make a song. So it is with Lawrence Lebo. Her music is a combination of roots, blues, and swing styles, and is very reminiscent of cabaret/supper club style presentation of years past. What is different here, is that this music is not dated, stodgy, or uninspired. This music is subtle, classy, and evokes emotion.
The Best of Don’t Call Her Larry Blues Mix is a collection of songs from Lebo’s previous three CDs, Don’t Call Her Larry, volumes 1-3. If you have never experienced Ms. Lebo, this is a great way to start. While the whole album is excellent, there are standout tracks.
“(I’m Your) Christmas Present, Baby!” features some sweet, old school blues guitar by Nick Kirgo, a great vocal, and strong backing from Denny Croy on upright bass, and Kenny Sara on drums. “It’s Not The First Time” (Vol. 2) also features some nice guitar (Nick Kirgo), and great back-beat support from the band, including a jamming horn section. Players on this track are: Denny Croy – upright bass, Kenny Sara – drums, Bob Sandman – sax, David Strother – violin, and John Nau – Hammond organ.
“Please Don’t Dog Me” (Vol. 1) is a slow smoker. This track features an upright bass line backed with guitar, banjo, violin, and mandolin, all woven together for a texture that is magnificent. On this track Ms. Lebo is backed by: John Wamsley – guitar, Denny Croy – upright bass, Dave Hopper – drums, Pat Cloud – banjo, Bob Applebum – mandolin, and on violin, Dennis Fetchet and Miriam Mayer.
“Blue Line Blues” (Vol. 2) has a good swing beat with delicious jazzy blues guitar comping and chording from Cheryl Saunders, and the finessed upright bass playing of Denny Croy. Also contributing to this stellar track is the spot-on soulful violin of David Strother, and a beautiful vocal by Ms. Lebo.
“On Time” (Vol. 3) is simple, luscious blues, consisting of a killer vocal by Ms. Lebo, and only the accompaniment of her husband, Denny Croy, on the upright bass. There are not many vocalists that could pull this off and do it so well.
This album is at once subtle, classy, well executed, and well played. It is a cut above. Perhaps the best thing about The Best of Don’t Call Her Larry Blues Mix is that it is a whole lot of fun.
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