Amy Hagemeier version of Richie Lawrence's cover for WATER

Well, shoot howdy shucks. Lawrence’s voice is so gentle and insistent that it kind of makes me feel high just hearing it… it’s mellow and bright like the yellow sun in springtime, never intrusive but impossible to ignore once you notice it. Lawrence has mastered the ability to take roots Americana in its most August lazy and yet make it seem fresh, like a young gal/guy in a gingham dress who has never felt a hand in that part of their britches before. It’s impossible not to compare this to Jason Heath’s recent album, solely because this one is so much better–unlike Heath, Lawrence’s slow and steady approach means he never wears out his welcome, and even the accordion he uses sounds like a genius addition instead of like kitchen sink excessiveness. The album starts off being country/western and suddenly becomes Tin Pan Alley poetry in the vein of early Oingo Boingo/Tom Waits. It’s strange and wonderful. I get sickened by things like this because they remind me of how my fast-paced L.A. lifestyle means a misery of missed shows and underappreciated amazements.

-D. M. Collins

Water - Richie Lawrence

Richie Lawrence was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma when Eisenhower was president.
He grew up as a townie and farm boy and spent so many summers on the grassland of the family farm. But Lawrence was quite early in the musical palette submerged and taught himself to play piano at the home 1917 Steinway. He also appropriated the craft of songwriting and to his latest album ‘Water’ thirteen tracks penned together.Essential for life, of course, water, hence the title. And like this definition the album drifts quietly. The poetic lyrics Richie flawlessly strewn with delicious piano arrangements. The simplicity prevails clear and the songs unfold slowly but unexpectedly a simplistic whole. ‘Pirate Kitty’ even has a German tango rhythm. Laconic and humorous, it does not always boring. Like the rocking ‘Call Me Back’ and his two-chord vamp. Here the piano works brilliantly redeemed by a glistening guitar of Paul Lacques. ‘Fields Where They Lay “immediately telling Celtic protest song. But the buoyant mood in the Cajun influenced ‘Marry Me’ is ultimately the puppets dancing. Together with his band The Other Half Of the Yolos and his wife Katie Thomas Lawrence Richie will tour extensively to promote this album indeed. Richie Lawrence you will learn how to play and drink ‘Water’ or the big Montains.Check it out!

– Philip Verhaeghe