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"Gracie Curran and the High Falutin' Band Were Pure Joy at Darwins Blues Club" Examiner.com      
 

"Gracie Curran brouht her High-Falutin' Band to Darwin'sStaruday night, and what a time we all had!

First of all, Gracie can sing! She has a powerful blues voice and that in itself is a wonderful thing. She also has a great band. But more than that, there is Gracie herself. She's a curvy woman with a big personality. As the guy sitting next to us yelled to me, "She could have her own stand-up act and you can quote me on that!" (He said I could also quote him on "Hell Yeah!")

I agree completely. Curran seems to be effortlessly funny. She is completely natural on stage. And she can move! She was in constant motion, shaking her hips and throwing her hands in the air, turning around to face the window and dance for the people on the front porch, expressing pure joy with her whole body. She also talked to the packed room as though she were entertaining friends in her living room, asking if her mascara was running and if the people at the front table were going to finish their food, talking directly to the audience and making eye contact.

Of course, to be a blues professional you have to be able to sell a song, and Curran can do that. You need a great backuup band, and she has that. But you need to be able to connect to the audience most of all, and Curran seems to do that as easily as she breathes.

Make sure you don't miss Gracie Curran and the High-Falutin' Band when you have the chance to see them. And check out her website for her brand-new band t-shirts and debut album!"

Rhetta Akamatsu 8/24/15

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

(progdawg@hotmail.com)

I'd never heard of Gracie Curran, but Vizztone founder Richard Rosenblatt sent out a video that first, before I clicked on it, seemed amusing as hell, Gracie appearing nothing so much as a woman you'd catch in the kitchen in The Sopranos or the Godfather series, making spahetti and canoli for the Mob. However, when I fired up the vid…HOLY CHRIST! No wonder Rich was knocked head over heels by her. What a voice! A complete natural, something not easily found, Gracie takes command of not just the band, not just the stage, but the whole house right from the minute she starts in, sheer confidence and talent oozing out seductively. Here's that vid, so's ya knows what I'm talkin' about:

 

Of course, as you just glommed, this particular gig featured another Vizztone powerhouse, Peter Parcek, tearing it up on guitar—though, as you'll find once you lay an ear to the Proof of Love CD, Tom Carroll, the band's mainman axehandler, can stand right beside him, ferocious when the dogs are let loose (and especially in live gigs), graceful in balladry, and ever blue. Gracie, however, deftly slides right into pure soul with enviable fluidity—and I'm not speaking of the blue-eyed variety a la Phil Collins but 100% straight from the bone marrow SOUL. The horns in the session boost that element tremendously; Take You with Me a prime example.

Speaking of Rosenblatt, I don't know if readers are aware, but he has long-term street cred not just as a properly bohemian label exec in several successful enterprises but also as a respected harp player, having resided in the Billy Colwell Band (previously the Colwell-Winfield Band, a rather prized single LP issuing thencefrom but sans Rosenblatt's presence), T. Blade & the Esquires, and others while recording with Sunnyland Slim and performing with John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin and a host of others. He plays here as well, on Been All Over, and then engineered, mixed, and co-produced the release. I suspect he also had a hand in the arrangements 'cause the ambience of the entire CD is smokily letter perfect and 70s down 'n dirty.

I often mention past-days blues chanteuses like Marge Raymond (Flame), Maggie Bell (Stone the Crows, Midnight Flyer), and Genya Ravan (Ten Wheel Drive) because they had unique presences, especially in those days, but never quite leapt over the barricades, gooo-ooo-oood but not among the great, and few female singers are treading their path (you can include Bonnie Bramlett as another sister in the genre), but Gracie Curran might just be the one to revive that small almost lost slice if damnably infernal exposure venues turn the right way and give her a break. God knows she deserves it, and God knows the crits are already lining up and lauding her in line with Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi, but the devil's in the details, so let me add one more thing: after four years of playing to packed houses all over the country, this is their debut release, though you won't believe me when you hear it.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2014, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
"Just got home and cranked up Gracie Curran & the High Falutin' Band. Killer grooves, stellar guitar playing and amazing singing, what else could you want? I love it."
- John Bohlinger Premier Guitar Magazine
The reviews are pouring in for "Proof of Love"!

Check Em Out HERE!!!

The Noise
Review by AJ Wachtel
Boston, MA


http://thenoise-boston.com/2013/03/cd-reviews-10/


 
The Hippo Press
Review by Michael Witthaus
Manchester, NH
 
BostonBlues.com
Review by Georgetown Fats
 

From Spain- La Hora Del Blues

From Boston comes Gracie Curran who enlights us with her aggressive voice, filling us with her magical energy along a a bright, solid well-structured album. Curran and her band complete a recording with nine songs inspired in the music of Etta James and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. They also reflect their love for old school gospel, soul, blues and rhythm and blues. The High Falutin' Band cleverly support the rich and voluptuous voice of Gracie Curran. They band musicians are Tom Carroll guitar, Derek Bergman drums, Geoff Murfitt bass, Bruce Bears, Hammond, together with a powerful horn section with only two musicians, Mark Earley, alto and baritone sax and Doug Woolverton trumpet, besides the special collaboration of engineer and record co-producer Richard Rosenblatt on harmonica. A wildly catching cd for those of you who want to go into the band material, who present an exquisite tasty debut album.
VERY GOOD.

With a voice the caliber of Gracie’s, she’s bound to elicit comparisons to Etta James and Irma Thomas, and deservedly so.  Produced by Gracie and Richard Rosenblatt, these nine original cuts have a deeply-soulful groove that not only accommodates her outstanding vocal prowess, but the supporting cast as well.

She kicks off with some serious testifyin’, holding her head up thru the hardest of times, “Even With The Rain pourin’ down on me!”  That theme of a daily struggle just to keep your head above water is the story of “Can’t Getta,” with a highly-danceable groove.

We had several favorites, too.  Finding that one true love plays out in the soft, sexy ballad, “Take You With Me,” augmented by the Stax-like horn section. Gracie gets down and dirty with the story of lookin’ for love everywhere, “from Clarksdale to Tennessee,” entitled “Been All Over,” with a fiery solo from Tom Carroll and harp from Richard Rosenblatt.  And, sometimes no matter how hard you try, love still goes South.  when it does, Gracie finds it easy to give in to those universal painkillers, “Jack And MaryJane.’

The IBC’s have been the first step in successful careers in the blues for several artists, and Gracie Curran seems poised for a huge breakthrough.  Best of luck to Gracie and the High Falutin Band with “Proof Of Love” in the upcoming BMA’s!!  Until next time…  Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

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