When you are looking for a rich deep alto voice to lay on top of some very groove heavy music this is the lady to do it. Not only will she present you with that smoke tinged alto voice, but she will drop some incendiary, tasty, fiery piano riffs on the tune as well. Her music sticks to that blues, R&B and Rock intersection that borders that genre we call roots. On this disc she either wrote or co-wrote eleven of the twelve songs, and many of them carry a pretty heavy message of taking responsibility for your actions. There are songs about sexual preferences, about Jack Kerouac's road adventures, about pulling your own weight and doing what is the correct and humane thing to do. She covers a lot of ground in this disc, and does it without cutting it short or pulling any punches. That she can cover this area of territory and do it in a comprehensive manner gives you an idea of the width of her talent. One of the outstanding tunes on the disc is Freedom Day, in which her voice propels the song into the solos of Colin Linden's electric Dobro which takes us right back to her voice. Linden adds his tasty licks on both Dobro and guitar throughout the disc. Kelly includes a song, Emerald City that has references to "Dorothy" and Kansas, which is where she was born (in Kansas City) and still makes Lawrence her home. It is this background of Kansas City blues and jazz that is at the core of, and infiltrates most all of her music. If you haven't caught her live this is one of those performers that is far stronger in person than on the disc and her band is rock solid.
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