After winning the Blues Foundation Award for Best Self-Produced CD at the 2010 International Blues Challenge, the Laurie Morvan Band lit up the stage in their very own half-hour TV special, which continues to air nationwide on the Big Ten Network.
The band's successful coast to coast touring includes performances at festivals, city events and clubs throughout the USA and Canada, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and later in 2012 their first European Tour. The LMB made their first big splash on the national blues scene at the 2008 International Blues Challenge, where they were a Top 10 Finalist in the live band competition, while simultaneously their CD, Cures What Ails Ya, was a Top 5 Finalist for the Best Self-Produced CD Award. They are the only band in IBC history to reach both finals at a single competition. Other accolades include twice being named the House of Blues Radio Hour “Blues Breaker” artist of the week, a B.B. King’s Bluesville “Picks to Click”, and winning the Blues Festival Guides’ 2008 Blues Artist on the Rise Award.
The band’s latest release, Breathe Deep, follows the lead of their award winning previous releases. “Scary good. Get out of the business good. Why everyone doesn’t know about this woman or her rocking blues band is beyond me.” - Bill Scheft, head writer for the David Letterman show. “Morvan is a stellar guitar player with consummate phrasing and respect for both the music and the spaces between the notes. She is one of the rising stars in the blues guitar world and anyone who wants to hear the future of blues guitar should pick up one of her CDs and check her out.” - Blues Blast “Guitarist Laurie Morvan and crew make a strong case for more awards to fill their trophy case. With Morvan’s muscular, yet lyrical, guitar lines leading the charge…” - Blues Source Laurie Morvan’s unique, fiery guitar style has been highlighted in feature articles in the world’s top guitar magazines. “Morvan singes the strings with fast, clean chicken pickin’, reaches heights of lyrical ecstasy through liquid bends, and kicks the rhythm in the pocket with propulsive comping” (Guitar Player). “Fearless and fresh...Morvan plays with plenty of imagination” (Vintage Guitar). “Stunning California axe slinger...exhilarating electric blues guitar style” (Modern Guitars). So much more than just a wailin’ guitar slinger, Laurie is a charismatic performer whose stage presence is both powerful and inviting. Her songwriting has a fresh perspective, and her in-between-song banter alternates between inspirational and flat out hilarious. Audiences feel a genuine connection with her and she enjoys spending time with them after shows signing autographs, talking, and posing for photos. Laurie Morvan Band concerts feature the beautiful harmonies of Laurie and backup singer Lisa Grubbs, as well as dueling solos between Laurie, keyboardist Tom Salyers and bassist Pat Morvan. Drummer Kevin Murillo drives this high-octane train. They are a tight-knit unit who love performing and recording CDs together. Their fun-loving enthusiasm leaps right off the stage…and it’s contagious! In short, the Laurie Morvan Band plays red hot blues rock that feeds your soul!