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. Much in the tradition of The Blasters and The Paladins, her musical style is “American Music”, combining elements of traditional country, 50’s rhythm & blues, rockabilly and swing.
The second album from Miss Laurie Ann & The SaddleTones, entitled Ease My Mind, showcases her American Music influences. Produced by legendary guitarist and songwriter Dave Gonzalez of The Paladins and The Hacienda Brothers, the album covers a wide range of roots styles including country, swing, rockabilly and the blues. 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, 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.
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. Along the way they have shared the stage with artists such as Wanda Jackson, Reckless Kelly, Dale Watson, Dave Gonzalez, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Nikki Hill, Moot Davis and others.