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“Ms. LEBO took complete control of the stage. She was a comfortable performer who
worked her audience well, often times offering humorous as well as educational explanations
for her choices. She had style, spunk and charisma. This was a thoroughly enjoyable
Versatile LAWRENCE LEBO can accommodate almost any size venue. Ms. LEBO’S songbook can be performed by a three piece of guitar, bass and vocal, on up to an eight piece large ensemble. Currently Ms. LEBO is touring in support of her new release THE BEST OF DON’T CALL HER LARRY:BLUES MIX.
Ms. LEBO is a consummate performer, an entertainer who takes her audiences on a journey from laughter to tears with her animated narratives. LA WEEKLY raves “ 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.”
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Release date Sept. 28, 2012
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Don't Call Her Larry, Volume 3: American Roots
There is always room at the top for great blues. In the jungle of music out there,
with all the monkeys and elephants closing in on you, it can be refreshing to have
a blues bird sing in your ear. Lawrence Lebo is such a bird, and she can sing in
my ear whenever she wants to.
"Don't Call Her Larry, Volume 3" completes the blues trilogy Ms. Lebo has been working
on with style. A brilliant collection for young and old, the songs evoke the past
masters while inspiring the next wave of blues greats to follow suit. Easily the
best album in the genre I have heard this year.
With equal parts Etta James and Bonnie Raitt, Lawrence Lebo's voice is made for the ages. She would have packed them in 60 years ago at the most happening spots out there, and her style should translate into quick chart dominance today.
Lawrence Lebo is on top of the world with no plans to go elsewhere. Give yourself the gift of her voice with her latest album tonight. I'd never call her Larry, but I will call her an instant classic.
Lawrence is listed as a Blues educator with 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-
Live Music: Lawrence Lebo and Doug MacLeod at McCabe’s Guitar Shop
JAN. 14, 2012
Last week, McCabe’s Guitar Shop delivered the goods in style, as usual, with a show that featured three of their resident instructors: vocalist Lawrence Lebo, bassist Denny Croy, and guitarist Doug MacLeod. Lebo and her combo went on first, MacLeod finished the evening, and Croy backed both of them.
Lebo’s instrumentation was noteworthy — vocals, standup bass, guitar (Tony Mandracchia), and accordion (Phil Parlapiano). With no drums, the subdued percussive end of the sound came from the bass and guitar strings’ attack. The accordion weaved uniquely in, out, and around the arrangements, providing a matrix yet leaving a lot of space to hear the subtleties of each song. It was easy to experience the nuances and to catch the flavor of every part of the band. The rhythm and tone of Lawrence’s voice over Denny’s bass was the sound’s core, while the guitar and accordion added a whole lot of color to the mix..
As soon as she had descended the stairs to the stage, Lawrence wondered aloud if
anyone had ever fallen while making the walk. Not much later she removed her high-
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December 10, 2012
Some people are blessed, it’s that simple. When you hear one note of BB King’s guitar, you know it’s him. The same thing goes for Lawrence Lebo, a woman blessed with not just a great voice, high toned and beautiful, but with a sense of musicality that is definitely one of a kind.
On her new CD, The best of Don’t Call Her Larry, Blues Mix, both the voice and the musicality are in full effect. She has a way of phrasing a line that could never be anyone else, her voice sliding into and out of notes in a way that’s amazingly blue, microtonal in the way that people like Muddy Waters were, it’s properly spine tingling, and she wisely eschews undue flash. She delivers a song directly, there’s no mistaking the meaning or the emotion, it’s patently not false or buried in cod emotional trills and riffs. She’s chosen her songs carefully, the covers are ones she connects with fully and the originals, well they don’t suffer by comparison, being easily equivalent in quality.
It’s not just the singers performance that stands out on this recording. Ms Lebo has surrounded herself with a band as talented and original as herself. The first two tracks are fairly typical Chicago style electric blues, expertly played and exciting. From that point things take a sharp left into the unusual, percussion goes out the window, acoustic instrumentation takes over, with stand up bass, mandolin, accordion and violin providing a sparse but varied backing to Lawrence’s voice, leaving ample space around that central instrument and contributing emotional runs and solos as and when the song dictates. It’s all impressively ego free, and with it’s cool and intimate production the album could easily be recorded at a beatnik jazz venue.
All through the album are high-
This ‘Best Of’ selection is properly a best of, there is an expression: “All killer, no filler,” which is entirely appropriate here. I cannot recommend this record highly enough.
The Alternate Root Music Magazine
“Lawrence foregoes the voice’s potential to carry through as sultry and seductive, amping up the delivery with charges, punches and bites lighting fires that allows the natural smokiness in her tones to flash and fire.”
“The jazz phrasing and sophistication permeate the entire recording. Her attention to vocal technique adds a smart elegance to every track ....If you are a lover of singing as art, then you should “care” about this recording. And if you want to dive into some new and original work that adds to the great American Songbook, look no further.”
“In these days when even solid singers rely heavily on Auto-
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“Lawrence Lebo is a musical minimalist intent on framing American Roots music as its indivisible subatomic pieces, in the case of Volume 3 blues, jazz, folk and western swing. Her approach is deconstructive, an effort to strip away 50 years of interpretive veneer to expose the original genres in their most basic forms. One could cast her as a musical theologian formulating her systematic theology from the canon of American Music and not be far off of exactly how important.”
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