Reviews

"Smokey” is certainly a good place to start when describing Laura Tate’s vocals.  Ther is a sensual quality to her voice that could make the “Alphabet Song” adult fare. Reflections on Blues, Chicken Wilson, October 2022

From her velvety vocals, to the spell binding rhythm and percussion, to the mystical horn chords, to the graceful piano leads, everything about this performance was masterfully done. Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro, SLF Music Magazine. October 2022

By playing with the subtleties and nuances of the sounds born in Cescent City, Laura Tate takes us into a tasty musical universe. BluesAgain.com, Le blues dan tous ses estats, October 2022

A large group of musicians, among which Teresa James, Billy Watts, Paulie Cerra or Darrell Leonard stand out, help to clothe and give presence to the delicate voice of Laura Tate in an album full of subtleties, fantasies and careful details, developed with great care. and lots of love. La Hora del Blues (Spain) Review, October 2022

It's my opinion that with the emotion she puts into it and the vocal range she showcases on it, that Laura's rendition of the Percy Sledge's hit "It Tears me Up" (D. Oldham & D. Pennington) is her best vocal performance on the disc. With the number of replays I gave it, I'm taking the liberty of adding it to the one sheet's "note to radio" section as one that is well worthy of spins. Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com, September 2022

Blues-E-News recently did “5 Quick Questions” with 2021 Independent Blues Awards Nominee, Laura Tate. Blues E-News, August 25, 2021

She’s a remarkable singer with a striking voice, pure tone and relaxed delivery as her band of top LA area musicians swing effortlessly behind her.  The end result is an uplifting, feel-good, artistically superior album. The Rock Doctor, John Kereiff

There are several, if not many, female vocalists/musicians playing today.  All are very good.  Laura Tate is a cut above.  A natural blues/jazz voice that will raise the hairs on your arm. Blues Highway, April 25, 2021

If we can apply the Beetlejuice occasion of saying a name three times to make someone appear, let’s go “Laura Tate, Laura Tate, Laura Tate.” Damn. It didn’t work. At least we’ve got the next best thing, a CD called Laura Tate Live From El Paso.  Professor Johnny P's Juke Joint, April 13, 2021

Big Top Hat from Live at El Paso album by  Laura Tate A hot, hot song from a hot  album about bad love and other mistakes. Recorded in the perfect acoustics of McKelligan Canyon natural amphitheater  in the hills  around El Paso, this song will keep you moving and the whole album will do the same.  IndiePulse Music, Hot Half Dozen, April 13, 2021

When we meet characters of the depth of Laura Tate we are very pleased to be able to present their qualities, which in this case are not exclusively limited to the pure artistic sphere, but are also expressed in actions of concrete solidarity: grown up in a family that I 'has encouraged since childhood to follow her artistic passions, Laura has developed a talent both in the theater and then as a singer. She from Dallas, where she grew up, she then gained experiences in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, as a theater actress, to then arrive on television on programs with a large following. She has worked in several music videos supporting musicians ranging from Phil Collins to Gloria Estefan, from Megadeth to Cheap Trick, a remarkable flexibility, which only in the last decade has led her to undertake a solo room from which she is receiving constant recognition. This live recorded in El Paso, the city where she lives, on the border between Texas and New Mexico, is a great way to get to know her characteristics, bright and clean voice emerges from the initial "No Place to Hide", thanks to those Latin American flavors that are immediately pleasing to listen. The presence of wind instruments is a driving factor, as we see in the following "I'll Find Someone Who Will", in which the Texan sound is decidedly more present: on the other hand the band that accompanies it is of the highest level so interventions on the sax by Joe Sublett or by Lee Thornburg on the trombone and Darrell Leonard on the trumpet give that particular touch that captivates the listener. They are still the protagonists in the new night club version of 'The Boys Are Back in Town', the famous Thin Lizzy hit offered here with a decidedly interesting verve. Laura tackles the blues canons in the best way, passing from the lazy cadence of "I Need a Man" to the enthralling "Hittin 'On Nothing" with the same confidence, which we also find in the excellent "Nobody Gets Hurt", which it seems to move in the swampy stretches of the great river while keeping the rudder firmly in place. His stylistic elegance emerges among the jazzy tints of "Can't Say No", where even the guitarist Doug Hamblin and the pianist Jeff Paris show their qualities, which we also find in evidence in the syncopated rhythm of "What A Way To Go ”the Tate offers here and in the sophisticated slow“ Cowboy Jazz ”a couple of captivating interpretations of the compositional talent of Mel Harker, an author particularly appreciated by her (present here in two other tracks). The disc ends with the freshness of “Big Top Hat”, a boogie that exudes Texas in every passage, finally leaving with the soulful flavors of “If That Ain't Love”. As initially mentioned Laura is very involved in various voluntary organizations and has received particular acknowledgments from Presidents Bush and Obama, even the proceeds of this concert were in fact donated to one of these bodies, one more reason to appreciate and support a work done with great professionally and commitment. Il Blues, No. 157, March 2021, pg 35, Luca Zaninello