Bio & Pics

One doesn’t typically think of Irvington, New Jersey as a source for roots songwriters. But when your Daddy raised you on a steady diet of Hank Williams records along with various swing and blues artists of the time, and your Mama played steel guitar, it gets in your blood fast. Miss Laurie Ann started writing songs at an early age and has developed an extensive collection of tight, well-crafted songs that tell stories of love, come and gone. Much in the tradition of The Blasters and The Paladins, her musical style is “American Music”, combining elements of traditional country, rockabilly, and 50’s rhythm & blues.

The second album from Miss Laurie Ann & The SaddleTones, Ease My Mind, showcases her American Music influences. Produced by legendary guitarist and songwriter Dave Gonzalez of The Paladins and The Hacienda Brothers, the album covers a wide range of roots styles including country, swing, rockabilly and the blues. The album was recorded and mixed all analog utilizing vintage recording equipment. It was recorded live in a “big room” setting to capture that vibe so prevalent in the recordings of the 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s.

Miss Laurie Ann has been performing with her band, The SaddleTones, for many years now. They continue to perform at honky-tonks, theaters, festivals and other events along the east coast. Along the way the band has shared the stage with various artists including Rock & Roll Hall of fame member Wanda Jackson, The Blasters, Reckless Kelly, Dale Watson, Wayne Hancock, Dave Gonzalez, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Nikki Hill and others. In addition, Miss Laurie Ann performed on the fabled Continental Club stage in Austin Texas as part of a Loretta Lynn tribute that included singers such as Kelly Willis, Marcia Ball and Rosie Flores.

The current band lineup features Rockabilly Hall of Fame member Quentin Jones on guitar. Quentin has been featured in Guitar Player magazine and is sponsored by Gretsch Guitars. In addition, we have Ralph Leon Miller on piano, accordion and fiddle, Pat Redding on bass and Steve Brown on drums.