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One doesn’t typically think of Irvington New Jersey as a source for traditional country song-writers. But when your Daddy raised you on a steady diet of Hank Williams records along with various swing and blues artists of the time, and your Momma played steel guitar, it’s gets in your blood fast. Miss Laurie Ann started writing songs at an early age and has developed an extensive collection of tight, well crafted songs that tell stories of love, come and gone. Her music evokes the era of Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells and Wanda Jackson. She refers to her style of music as “rock-boppin country“. It’s firmly based in the roots of country music with just enough rockin-rhythm to keep ya swingin. Miss Laurie Ann has been performing with her band, The SaddleTones, for several years now. They continue to perform at honky-tonks, theaters, festivals and many other events along the east coast.
The second album from Miss Laurie Ann & The SaddleTones, entitled Ease My Mind, carries on the
“rock-boppin country” tradition established on her first. Produced by legendary guitarist and songwriter Dave Gonzalez of The Paladins and The Hacienda Brothers, and recorded at the studio of Bill Hunt, owner of Cow Island Music, the album covers a wide range of roots styles including country, swing, rockabilly and the blues. The single from the record, “Big Rig,” is a honky-tonk truck driving number written from the perspective of a trucker’s wife.
The album was recorded and mixed all analog utilizing vintage recording equipment and techniques such as a RCA 44BX ribbon microphone, Otari MX70 8-track recorder, Altec and Studer pre-amps, EMT model 140 plate reverb, and tape-to-tape slapback echo. It was recorded live in a “big room” setting to capture that vibe so prevalent in the recordings of the 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s.