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“Taking a line sometime trod by Etta, Janis, and Shemekia, Gracie Curran has a powerhouse vocal that drives a high pulse and drains the emotional bucket dry. She and her band have only been together three years but it appears they causing quite a stir Stateside. Releasing this debut album while in Memphis though, was a blues-cultured wise move and it is being recognised as quite a debut! The high temperature mix of the electric guitar forward line, funky backdrop and ballsy vocal from the boss lady gives the whole package an innovative vibrancy; think Black Crowes..." That means it is the clever and intuitive distance her singing stays away from all the instrumental action, yet remains immersed in the same story. Stand out versions of this can be seen in..." Rock A Hard Place, but there really isn't a deviant number here; even the obligatory six minute pained slow blues, here it is Weight Of Her World, has an intensity that deserves a triumphant reception.”
“The CD consists of a comfortable nine songs, all located in the soul blues pattern. The beginning is a blues gitaarlick before the winds of Roomful Of Blues bets and the rocking jump blues "One With The Rain" follows. "Take You With Me" is a sensitive ballad, beautifully sung by Gracie. In this issue, it is clear that they have a lot to her voice. She has a large range, plays with volume, sharp turn and then go back to a muffled hoarseness. The rest of the songs move between the firmer blue work and sensitive soul ballads. My favorite songs are "Rock & A Hard Place", which starts quietly and gradually builds up more and more, the swinging "Can not Getta" and the dark and lyrical "With Friends Like These". The fact that the horn of Roomful Of Blues and keyboardist Bruce Bears (Duke Robillard) do it is proof that this is a promising band. And on the CD, this is also fine transferred. A nice debut of this great band, who even once have come and present to us”
“Just got home and cranked up Gracie Curran & the High Falutin' Band. Killer grooves, stellar guitar playing and amazing singing, what else could you want? I love it.”
"Quite a stunning effort for their initial release. Elements of soul, blues, gospel and funk coalesce to create a moving and heartfelt experience that should no doubt lead to a successful and ever-growing career. All the pieces fit…well-crafted band-originals, razor-sharp production and skilled musicianship all giving a rock-solid foundation to the powerhouse that is Gracie Curran. Talent as seen here deserves to be heard. With the right exposure this band should have no trouble in attaining the success that they truly deserve."
"Occasionally a vocalist comes along with such a presence that they command everyones undivided attention. Such is the case with Bostons Gracie Curran. There is nothing subtle in her booming big mama voice. Her band and the addition of a horn section match the soulful energy of her voice, hanging in and driving her along on their musical excursion. They captured the hearts and ears of Beantown by winning The Boston Blues Challenge in 2012, which propelled them to record this, their debut CD. A stinging guitar intro courtesy of Tom Carroll leads right into the first burst of Gracies pipes on the RB-meets-blues-rock meets honkin horn section goodness... The interplay of the rhythm guitar against the horns are breath taking..."
“Can I get an AMEN! Gracie Curran and her mates, The High Falutin' Band have been touring around New England and up and down the East Coast for a couple years now. They've shared the limelight with some notable luminaries including Shemekia Copeland,Toni Lynn Washington and Sugar Blue and took home the prize as Boston's Best Blues Band in 2012. Their debut album, Proof of Love, tears open your chest and breathes into your soul with a baptism of raw power and emotion. A five-alarm stew of blues, gospel and soul that burns in your gut like the first time you heard Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man." Pass the cool water, please.”
“Over the years since the initial introduction I have harassed and harangued Gracie Curran, waiting for her first release. Curran’s repeated refrain had always been “be patient” or “it’ll happen when it is meant to happen” or other what I considered useless tautologies. I never really understood that within the ball of energy and the constant life of the party mentality Curran is also a strong musician/business woman. It took just one complete spin of Proof of Love for that epiphany. ...when listening to “Even with the Rain” it is hard not to hear Curran pay homage to Koko Taylor or other Chicago greats without regurgitating their material."”
“GRACIE CURRAN & THE HIGH FALUTIN’ BAND Proof of Love 9 tracks Gracie is one of the best blues divas on the local scene today and this cd allows her to strut her stuff behind her fine band. And the result, mixed and mastered by blues harp legend Rosy Rosenblatt (D.K.’s Full House) is a great example of why our local blues scene is one of the best around. Listen to: “Can’t Getta,” “Take You With Me,” “Even With The Rain,” and “Been All Over” (with Rosy’s great harp) to hear her country-blues sound at it’s best. The sweet and sad twang of “Take You With Me” should be heard on country radio stations everywhere. It’s always cool when blues royalty makes a cameo. Keyboardist extraordinaire Bruce Bears, from Duke Robillard’s band joins in here too. I also really like when the horns are employed in her music; their brassy additions always are short and sweet and greatly add to the total package. Whether torching an Americana ballad or pouring her heart ou”
"Along with a stunningly soulful voice, Curran’s trademark is her infectious, whoop-it-up enthusiasm." "Proof of Love possesses equal parts throwback soul and roadhouse swagger: “Weight of Her World” echoes Tupelo Honey-era Van Morrison, while “Jack and Mary Jane” is a straight-up rocker, and the sultry “With Friends Like These” is down- low blues worthy of Janis Joplin." "it’s fitting that Curran and her band received the first pressing of the record in late January while preparing to take the stage in Memphis, Tenn., for the International Blues Challenge. It was a moment that glowed like the throwback microphone Curran sings into most nights. After representing the Boston Blues Society in the competition, Curran and her band gigged their way up the Mid-Atlantic. Every show became a CD release party, with the biggest one coming in front of a hometown crowd at sold-out Johnny D’s Uptown Club in Somerville."
“The Boston Blues Society would also like to congratulate both Erin Harpe and Rosy Rosenblatt for winning the solo/duo portion of the Boston Blues Society Blues Challenge and Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band for winning the band portion of the competition. Both acts have earned the right to compete in Memphis at the IBC in February of 2013. Stay tuned for fundraiser information”
“We finally caught Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band last weekend at Mari’s Place in Quincy, and as WATD DJ Peter Black had assured us for a long time, the lady can really belt out the blues. Her backing band is also extremely tight and versatile, so catch them next time they’re in the area.”