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Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Gracie Curran
& the High Falutin' Band

New CD available now at and CDbaby
Digital album and tracks available at Amazon and iTunes

Friends, fans, and blues lovers —

    I'm particularly proud to introduce you to Gracie Curran and her band! I had the distinct pleasure of working with Gracie on this debut release, of witnessing her growth and emergence as a powerful and unique vocalist and songwriter, and feeling the tremendous positive spirit and deep soulfulness she brings to the music.

    We began the sessions by having Gracie sing along with the band in a sort of makeshift isolation booth in the corner of my little studio, but that just didn't work — before long we were recording her live with the band, singing and dancing in the middle of the room, hand-holding a big RE20 microphone (about the size of a large can of Foster's beer, and the weight of a medium-sized salami) and infusing the band and the songs with her remarkable energy. 

    From the beginning Gracie was set on creating a big sound, augmenting her tight quartet — Gracie, Tom Carrol (guitar), Geoff Murfitt (bass) and Derek John Bergman (drums) — with Bruce Bears (Duke Robillard Band) on keyboards and Roomful's Mark Earley (sax) and Doug Woolverton (trumpet) on horns. The moment the band kicks in on the opening track, "Even With the Rain," it's obvious this is a absolute powerhouse of an album.  She even let me blow some over-the-top harmonica on her grinding slow blues "Been All Over," which was a real treat.

Gracie Curran & the High Falutin' Band
Proof of Love
Click the cover to preview the whole album!

“Their debut album, Proof of Love, tears open your chest and breathes into your soul with a baptism of raw power and emotion. A five-alarm stew of blues, gospel and soul that burns in your gut like the first time you heard Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man." Pass the cool water, please."
- Bill Hurley,  Alternate Root Magazine

“Occasionally a vocalist comes along with such a presence that they command everyone’s undivided attention. Such is the case with Boston’s Gracie Curran. There is nothing subtle in her booming big mama voice. Her band and the addition of a horn section match the soulful energy of her voice, hanging in and driving her along on their musical excursion. Elements of soul, blues, gospel and funk coalesce to create a moving and heartfelt experience that should no doubt lead to a successful and ever-growing career. All the pieces fit; well-crafted band-originals, razor-sharp production and skilled musicianship all giving a rock-solid foundation to the powerhouse that is Gracie Curran.  Talent as seen here deserves to be heard. With the right exposure this band should have no trouble in attaining the success that they truly deserve. "
- Greg Szalony,  Blues Blast Magazine

Click to see Gracie perform "Rock And A Hard Place" with special guest Peter Parcek!

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