Band/Artist: Laurie J Potter
Label: Laurie J Potter Music
Release Date: May 1, 2019
Minnesota’s “Twin Cities” artist Laurie J Potter releases “Fame” a concept album that chronicles the rise and fall of music artists we have lost to drugs, alcohol and suicide. The album comes with a twist by telling the story through the eyes of the artists.
Influences for the album:
Poe, Amy Winehouse, Nirvana, U2, The Beatles
Be Careful What You Wish For
Laurie J Potter – vocals, guitars, keys
Tony Axtell – bass
Greg Schutte – drums
2- Under Tow
4- Be Careful What You Wish For
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Laurie J Potter is an American musician/songwriter whose dark, acoustically tinged pop/rock songs dare to tell “the untold” story. Both lyrics and music are emotional and intense.
The year 2019 will mark the release of Laurie’s new concept album “Fame” which imparts the story of musicians we have lost to drugs, alcohol and suicide. Potter provides insights on being a music artist as well as an addict. This unique view is expressed through Potter’s signature dark tone and lyrics drawing listeners in with her strong melodies, low flowing vocals and harmonies.
This is Potter’s third album, and although it has a “rock tinge” it keeps in step with her usual musical style; one that selects and blends the genres that best tell the story.
The album “cuts no corners” on musical quality. Lending his talents on bass guitar is Tony Axtell. Axtell is an accomplished musician/producer who has played with many popular celebrity acts. Axtell was also the long time lead sound engineer for Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Giving the album additional groove is drummer Greg Schutte who also has performed with many music greats. Schutte has played with Grammy award winning percussionist Mickey Hart of the “Grateful Dead,” award winner Giovanni Hidalgo and singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham.
Potter, Schutte and Axtell complement each other perfectly creating music that gives a genuine, truthful feel, carrying the listener into the world of our “lost artists.”
The songwriting’s great falling alternatively between the smooth jazzy inflections of Joni Mitchell and some of PJ Harvey’s more angular work. And there’s plenty of unexpected time changes and interesting passages making it an intriguing and rewarding listen.
(Get Ready to Rock, UK)
“Laurie has a unique world view, and a great ear for melody and the knack of being a great lyricist all of which combines to make a great album.”