â€œLong, Long Time Cominâ€™â€ and â€œ Home Grownâ€
All songs written and performed by Bob Lawder
Bob Lawder was born in St. Louis Missouri, USA on October 6, 1951. Early on as a child he was introduced to the entertainment world by his mother Juanita. First in the area of tap dance at Sherman Park on the North side of St. Louis and later piano lessons. When Bob entered grade school he studied piano and began playing bass violin in the school orchestra. Bob switched from bass violin to cello by grade 4 and continued to play cello throughout his high school years.
By the time Bob reached junior high, Plymouth Jr. High in Webster Groves Missouri, he was exposed to the British Invasion (The Beatles) and musical endeavors began to change. Bobâ€™s first exposure to the â€œrock and roll/rhythm and bluesâ€ world was rooted in local bands he played in and heard in St. Louis. Some of the bands Bob was in were: The Vegas, The Public Service/Public Service Blues Band, Mr. Gas, East, The Good Feelinâ€™ and Marcel Strong and the Apostles. This early experience was rich with 60â€™s rock from The Kingsmen, The Animals, The Drifters, The Yardbirds and Strawberry Alarm Clock all the way to Jimi Hendrix, The Temptations, Sam and Dave, B.B. King, Albert King, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan. Bob played and was exposed to many musical styles in his early years and it comes through in his music today.
Bobâ€™s first solo release, â€œ Long, Long Time Cominâ€™ â€, is a roller coaster ride of musical styles that incorporate of all these early influences including more contemporary influences like The Texas Tornadoes and his love for the early minstrel blues of artists like Mississippi John Hurt. The blues/rhythm and blues is represented by album cuts: â€œItâ€™s Badâ€œ, â€œHypercaloric Nightmareâ€ and â€œRead My Mindâ€œ. Minstrel Blues influence is found in album cuts: â€œChickabeeâ€ and â€œSweet Little Baby of Mineâ€œ. Elements of Folk Music are found in the cuts â€œLay Me Downâ€ and â€œWonâ€™t Get Up Earlyâ€œ. Tex/Mex influences are heard in the cuts â€œBorderlineâ€ and â€œWhen the Morning Comesâ€œ. Finally, the early exposure to classical music and multi-cultural influences are heard in the instrumental cuts â€œMedicine Manâ€œ, â€œPriya Jitâ€ and â€œAfricaâ€œ.
Bobâ€™s second release: â€œHome Grownâ€ is a gumbo of musical styles too. His contribution to the Country Music genre can be heard in â€œNeed Some Honeyâ€ and â€œLong Gone Yesterdayâ€œ. Motown Ballads are well represented in: â€œLookinâ€™ For Loveâ€, â€œLate One Eveninâ€™â€, â€œThings Are Fallinâ€™â€ and â€œMemories of Youâ€. A touch of Zydeco is found in â€œLong, Gone, Long, Goneâ€. Folk ballads are represented in â€œLooks Like Rainâ€ and â€œThe Way Things Used To Beâ€ (a tune that retells the infamous Lindberg Kidnapping in a contemporary Folk fashion). Alternative Pop is strong in â€œMy Obcessionâ€ (yes we opted for the unique spelling with a â€œcâ€ which imbeds the notion of one whoâ€˜s obsessed and crazy all at the same time). A bit of Jazz can be heard in â€œSatisfaction Guaranteedâ€ and finally â€œ Minstrel Blues in the story of love, lovinâ€™ and revenge in the tune â€œAnnie Maeâ€.
So if your musical pallet is narrow and unyielding, youâ€™re probably not gonna be a big Bob Lawder fan. But if you enjoy things that are different and unique, youâ€™ll surely find some tunes on this album that youâ€™ll enjoy.
My suggestion is buy the music, sit back, kick your shoes off and listen to Bobâ€™s albums â€œLong Long Time Cominâ€™â€ and â€œHome Grownâ€ from the first cut to the last. They will be great additions to your musical library.
Thankyou for your interest in the music of Bob Lawder.
Much Love and Peace for the World,
Mudd Pubby Music and Bob Lawder
Short Description for Bob Lawder
Bob Lawder: a multi-faceted artist in tune with his roots of blues/rhythm and blues who is truly influenced by music from all over the worldâ€¦â€¦â€¦..a world music musician and songwriter
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1. IT'S BAD
3. LAY ME DOWN
4. HYPERCALORIC NIGHTMARE
5. WON'T GET UP EARLY
6. MEDICINE MAN
8. WHEN THE MORNING COMES
9. SWEET LITTLE BABY OF MINE
10. READ MY MIND
11. PRIYA JIT