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Lawrence Lebo Biography


WINNER BEST BLUES SINGER  

- LA WEEKLY-BEST OF LA 2014


"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. She isn't rich. She isn't privileged. She isn't related to anyone famous. She's been a teenage bride and she's been a single mother. She's never had the help of an established record label or an agent. She does it all on her own and she stays in the game by relying on her talent.


If you’re looking for a promoter, publicist, or a well-funded label to tell you whether to like LAWRENCE LEBO, look no further then her track record. LAWRENCE LEBO HAS ALWAYS RELIED ON THE STRENGTH OF HER MUSIC.


LAWRENCE LEBO was a successful self-releasing artist long before any artist dared consider doing such a thing!  Long before everyone had a computer and access to the internet Ms. LEBO released her debut EP from the kitchen of her tiny rent-control apartment, using just a typewriter and her Roledex!!


ON THE STRENGTH OF HER MUSIC, that EP titled “Lawrence Lebo and her Little Big Band: DON’T CALL HER LARRY (Vol. 1)” garnered national and international airplay, press, and landed Ms. LEBO a feature on NPR’s WEEKEND EDITION SHOW.


In a career that has lasted over a couple of decades, LAWRENCE has followed up with 4 additional successful self-releases. On the heals of this success she brings her latest CD release. By request, and hand picked just for Blues lovers; THE BEST OF DON’T CALL HER LARRY: Blues Mix


Hailing form Southern California, singer/songwriter/composer LAWRENCE LEBO is an artist who is enthralled with and dedicated to American Blues & Roots Music. Her journey began with her critically acclaimed debut Ep titled “LAWRENCE LEBO and her LITTLE BIG BAND:DON‘T CALL HER LARRY ”. With the release of her first collection, LEBO interpreted eclectic 30’s and 40’s Big Band Blues, using the vehicle of an eight piece “Little Big Band” surprisingly comprised of traditional bluegrass instrumentation, creating a hybrid of Americana Blues/Jazz/Roots, with vocals extraordinaire! Ace banjoist PAT CLOUD’S  Charlie Parker influenced banjo work is not to be missed. The Ep was recorded live to 2 track and originally mastered to vinyl at 45rpm. It was later re-released on CD as "DON'T CALL HER LARRY, VOL. 1".


The success of her first endeavor sparked her second release"DON'T CALL HER LARRY, VOL. 2",  This time LEBO reinterprets her songbook with an acoustic quartet captured in a live setting, comprised of vocals, guitar, bass and violin. The CD includes new tunes that showcase LAWRENCE’S songwriting and arranging talents along with her powerful vocals. LEBO swings, scats and moans her way through both originally penned compositions, and originally arranged classics that run the gamut from rocking electric blues, acoustic swing, to contemporary jazz.


In “DON’T CALL HER LARRY, VOL. 3 : AMERICAN ROOTS”  Ms. LEBO continues to explore the depths of American Blues & Roots music, reinterpreting her songbook in a duet setting, featuring herself and bassist DENNY CROY (Doug MacLeod, Brian Setzer Orchestra). Stripped down to an organic setting, the stellar vocalist creates vivid imagery with her texturally diverse vocal styling. In an age where singers are manipulated with technology and slick production, LEBO goes bar-room-raw, minimal, and shows us exactly what she can do. In addition, LEBO has penned new works. They are American Roots hybrids of acoustic jazz/blues, western swing, and a heart wrenching folk tribute to the sudden loss of her dearly loved yellow Labrador Retriever, titled “Rose, Rose”. Notables contributing on the CD are PHIL PARLAPIANO (John Prine, Lowen & Navarro, Dave Koz) on accordion, and MIKE ACOSTA  (Brian Setzer Orchestra) on saxes.  


On LAWRENCE's fourth release, the title track "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, BABY" is a classic Rhythm & Blues masterpiece that is sure to become the standard at everyone's anniversary celebration. The song is penned in honor of LEBO's 25th Wedding Anniversary to musical partner, husband/bassist DENNY CROY, on Halloween, October 31, 2011. "Yeah, you still look good to me... In love I'll always be.... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY", croons LAWRENCE. Her deeply heartfelt lyrics are sure to resonate with listeners everywhere. DENNY CROY (Doug MacLeod, Brian Setzer Orchestra) joins LEBO on bass, as does SOUTHLAND BLUES award winning harmonica and Hammond B-3 player LARRY "BIG HOUSE" DAVID (Keb'Mo, Bo Diddley, Roy Gaines),  guitarist TONY MANDRACCHIA (Edgar Winter, Mitch Ryder), and STEVE MUGALIAN (James Harmon, Rick Holmstrom, Lucinda Williams), on drums. On the "B" side of this CD single release is LEBO's "STOP SHOUTING YOUR BUSINESS". This second-line swamp blues party song comes with its own social message. "Don't get on your cell .... holler and yell ... spreading your business like it's something to sell" tells LEBO! The accordion work of CARL BYRON (Bo Diddley, Thelma Jones) helps give the tune its Louisiana flavor.


Ms. LEBO has worked long and hard at developing her craft. In addition to her more than 25 years experience as an accomplished vocalist, band leader and songwriter, LAWRENCE was driven to expand her education. In the 1980s, she had attended the vocal program at Grove School of Music in Los Angeles, California. With this educational background, a steady performance schedule and raising family, she returned to traditional academia in 2000, earning an Associate of Arts degree in music at Santa Monica College, and then transferring to UCLA to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree."An education at UCLA was not something I could afford,” says LEBO.  But hard worked paid off. She received two of UCLA’s highest honors, including a Regents Scholar and a Gold Shield Alumni Scholar, that covered her entire tuition. LAWRENCE proudly notes, however, “The best part of my experience at UCLA was getting to study Duke Ellington under Professor Kenny Burrell. It just doesn't get any better than that!” In the summer of 2005, LAWRENCE graduated from UCLA with Latin Honors and became the first in her family to graduate from higher education! Currently she teaches a Blues singing techniques workshop at world famous McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. LAWRENCE is listed as a Blues educator with THE BLUES FOUNDATION.


Ms. LEBO can be found performing at events, festivals, night clubs and exclusive private parties. She can be found on the world wide web at www.lawrencelebo.com For Booking Information or Press Kit contact On The Air Records at (818) 708-9565 or email at: lawrencelebo@lawrencelebo.com.