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Showing posts with label J.T. Lauritsen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label J.T. Lauritsen. Show all posts

Friday, May 25, 2018

Hunter Records artist: J.T. Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters - Blue Eyed Soul Volume I - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blue Eyed Soul Volume I, by J.T. Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters and it's very cool. Opening with R&B track, Anything I Can Do, J.T. shows just how smooth he can be on lead vocal backed by Ian Frederick Johannessen and Arnfinn Torrisen on rhythm guitar, Morten Nordskaug on bass, John Grimsby on drums, Paul Wagnburg on B3 Jens Petter Antonsen on trumpet and trombone and a nice guitar intro by Dave Fields. Stay With Me All The Time is a classic with a super melody and really nice balance. On Allen Toussaint's Nothing Takes The Place Of You, J.T. really shines with his soulful lead vocal with Borge-Are S. Halvorsen on sax, Deanna Bogart on backing vocals and nice solo guitar work by Mike Zito. Excellent! Funky blues number, You Got Me Down has a great bass line compliments Nordskaug and the clean cowbell work of Grimsby is not at all lost. Guitar solos by Johannessen and Torrisen give the track that stinging edge but this track is all J.T. and his vocal. Very nice. Wrapping the release is a Mike Zito ballad, Sweet On Me, with a country blues feel. Vocal blending between J.T. and Nordskaug are tight, the accordion work of J.T. is soothing and unexpected and the sweet sax work of Jimmy Carpenter closes this solid release.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bald-Headed Woman - J.T. Lauritsen

Jan Tore Lauritsen - Vocals, accordion (JT for short) is 42 years old living in Lillestrom, Norway. He began playing at the early age of 6 and pretty much immediately got interested in the Blues and related music after first hearing BB King, blues pianist Charles Brown and the legendary Ray Charles.

JT had his first paying gig at the age of 14, which resulted in a steady flow of jobs for him on the organ - an instrument he stayed with for many years. J.T. was searching for his own style on the instrument when he had to admit that a B3 Hammond organ was too heavy to drag around from gig to gig - so he compromised by taking up the accordion. Eventually, his blues harp began accompanying him wherever he went and became a new sound in J.T.'s music. Since 1989, both accordion and blues harp have been his trademark instruments