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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"!

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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.

The Boston Herald

The Boston Herald the day after the 2013 Boston Freedom Rally

The Boston Herald the day after the 2013 Boston Freedom Rally

Gracie Curran & The High Falutin' Band 
Nominated for a 2013 Jimi Award for Best Debut Album for "Proof of Love"

Gracie Curran & The High Falutin' Band Nominated for a 2013 Jimi Award for Best Debut Album for "Proof of Love"

From Greece- Blues.gr

Interview with Gracie Curran, a Bostonian singer who have made quite an impression on the music scene Posted by Michalis Limnios BLUES @ GREECE on September 2, 2013 at 9:24pm View Blog "There is so much honesty in Blues & Soul. It’s about sharing the things that sit deep in your soul. It’s unfiltered." Gracie Curran: Proof that the soulful sound is alive Listed as the #12 Best Boston Band among local royalty like the Dropkick Murphy's and Ronnie Earl, and added to the list of the Top 30 Roots/Soul Acts along with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Alabama Shakes, and to the Top 30 Vocalists with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones and more by Alternate Root Magazine, Gracie Curran & The High Falutin' Band have made quite an impression on the music scene. Its only been shore three years since Curran, the 28 year old vocal powerhouse joined forces with Bassist Geoff Murfitt and Guitarist Tommy Carroll, the band has already earned respect among fans and musicians alike, sharing the stage with such lumanaries as Shemekia Copeland, Nick Moss, Roomful of Blues, Sugar Blue, Sax Gordon, Mike Welch, Tom Holland and regularly appearing with guitar prodigy Lydia Warren. Drummer Derek Bergman took over drumming duties for the High Falutin' Band and they began to write and record their first album wokring with veteran producer Richard Rosenblatt, Roomful of Blues Horn Players Mark Earley & Doug Woolverton, and key player Bruce Bears. In 2012, Gracie & company won the Boston Blues Challenge and embarked on their second East Coast Tour, playing to packed houses in NYC, Philly, Washington DC, and highlighted by an appearance at the 2013 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, TN and it was there in Memphis that the band offically released their debut album "Proof of Love". Interview by Michael Limnios How do you describe your sound and progress, what characterize High Falutin' Band’s philosophy? We have a lot of different influences- and I think you can hear it in our sound. We started out as a blues band but have really embraced soul, funk, jazz, rock and gospel elements. More than anything we are trying to express a feeling with our music rather than achieve a sound. We just want to make you feel something. What do you learn about yourself from the Blues and Soul music what does the blues mean to you? There is so much honesty in Blues & Soul. It’s about sharing the things that sit deep in your soul. It’s unfiltered. It’s as honest as you can be with yourself and that's a very powerful thing. I think it’s because of that honesty, that this kind of music is very healing and therapeutic. The best advice I got came in my first year of playing out live. It was to "turn around and face the audience". Photos by Kathleen Marucci What experiences in your life make you a GOOD MUSICIAN and SONGWRITER? I think honesty is the most important part of being a good musician and songwriter. It almost seems like the more personal a song or piece of music is, the more people identify with it. In terms of experiences, it just living life fully in the moment. Making decisions with your heart and truly surrendering to feeling. Following my heart has taken me all over the world, has allowed me to love and to know the hurt of letting go. It inspires all the music that I write. Which is the most interesting period in your life? Which was the best and worst moment of your career? There was a moment at our CD Release Party. We were playing, the crowd dancing, cheering and singing our words back to us. The most jovial loving vibe was encapsulating the room, like time stopped. I finally took a moment and exhaled, and smiled mid song. The album was done, we were fresh off the heals of a successful tour, we made it. All the work, all the sacrifices, the financial stress and emotion reliving the songs that made up this album, it was all suddenly and finally worth it. That was the best moment. Someone actually caught that exact moment in a picture. Overall, this year has been bittersweet. On top of writing, recording, touring, and the joy of accomplishing all we have this year musically, the band has gone through a lot personally- with health issues and life issues that would seemingly make music wane in its importance in the grand scheme of things. Those were some of the worst. But I think that's its strengthened us as a family- and the music side of things helped us get through the very real life side of things. After this year we are better musicians, better friends, and better able to handle whatever the coming years have in store for us. "We are truly blessed here in Boston! We have some of the most amazing blues musicians right here at home." Photo By Nate Dow, CD Release Party at Lunar Notes Why did you think that the Blues and Soul music continues to generate such a devoted following? I can listen to all kinds of music- but then I turn on Ray Charles, or hear the first vocal line of Sugar on the Floor by Etta, or the first guitar riff in Gravity, and it just gets me- it makes me weak in the knees. I just connect to it. The way Blues & Soul feels like its physically squeezing your soul- you can't help but want more. To be consumed by feeling, again. To be lost in it. The fans are amazingly loyal and supportive. It’s like there is an understanding, an unspoken agreement- musicians give part of themselves away in their music, in the honesty and vulnerability of it, and the fans take care of that. They identify with it and connect to it, and return the favor with their support and encouragement. After shows, fans will approach me and tell me their story- what they've been through. It’s the ultimate reciprocation of trust. The loneliness that someone could experience in going through a trying situation, is immediately gone when you can hear a song and realize someone else has been through that very same thing. There's closeness in that relationship. Do you remember anything funny from the recording and show time with The High Falutin' Band? We recorded our album with Richard Rosenblatt- he's worked with Susan Tedeschi and just about every amazing blues musician you can think of. He has a great studio and we were joined at our sessions by his dog, a west highland terrier, named Dexter. He was our assistant engineer, if you will. During recording, in an airtight recording studio, Dexter would pass gas. I didn't want to draw attention to it (that would be rude?!) but it was hard not to note the odor wafting throughout the room. I spent a lot of time in those sessions praying that no one else in the room thought it was me. I could have pointed out it was the dog, but my father used to use that line and no one ever believed him. The unpredictability of a live show also lends itself to some comprising situations. A couple years back we did a festival, and about 5 minutes prior to the show the zipper on my dress broke. A couple of our very faithful High falutin' fans grabbed some duct tape, taped me up and sent me on my way. The whole show was a was riding of the possibility of a very serious wardrobe malfunction that thankfully never happened! Never a dull moment! "My hope for the future of music, and specifically this genre, is that it continues to grow and prosper; that with each generation, there is an appreciation for the history of the blues, and roots music and that they embrace it." What’s the best jam you ever played in? What are some of the most memorable gigs you've had? We have been lucky enough to jam with some pretty amazing musicians, but one of the best jams I have ever been a part of was in Memphis, TN this past February during the International Blues Challenge. Brandon Santini and His Band are friends of ours, and the house band at the infamous Blues Hall on Beale Street. Brandon and our bass player Paul were in a band together for a time, and it was through Brandon that Paul and I met. Brandon was kind enough to invite us up to play with his band, including the awe inspiring Jeff Jensen on guitar. I feel like every live show should feel like that. Between the vibe of the legendary Blues Hall, the amazing musicians we were sharing the stage with, and the awesome crowd, it was just a remarkable experience that I will never forget. We got to recreate that magical night just last week as Brandon and His Band, on tour, played one of our favorite venues here in Boston. We really are lucky that we are part of such a great community of musicians in the blues that support each other so wholeheartedly. It's through those jams, playing with other musicians, that we are able to learn and grow and gain inspiration. I'm very grateful for those experiences. Which memory from Shemekia Copeland, Roomful of Blues, Sugar Blue, Mike Welch, and Tom Holland makes you smile? All of them! I have some great memories.. Opening for Shemekia was a special night for us. It was the first time we had opened for a big act. For me personally, as a singer, to open for a singer that has had such a profound affect on me, was very validating. She was so encouraging and very sweet! The guys from Roomful have been great to us. We were honored to have Doug Woolverton (trumpet) and Mark Earley (bari, sax) join us on our album. Mark wrote the arrangements for Proof of Love and the first time I had heard them on our song "Take You With Me", I cried. Mark and Doug perfectly captured the emotion and feel of our music. They're brilliant. I will forever be grateful that they agreed to work with rookies like us! Phil Pemberton, their lead singer, has been really great to me and has taken on a sort of big brotherly role. If I have questions, want to hear good music, or a dirty joke, I can go to Phil. Having someone to give me advice- that has been there and done that is invaluable. We played a show with them back in May and it was a lot of fun. Monster Mike Welch has been a tremendous source of inspiration for our guitarist Tommy. He really admires and loves Mike's feel and has a tremendous amount of respect for him. They met while Tom was at Berklee and have played together a bit. Having Mike Welch around, to play with and learn from is really special. We're really excited to play some upcoming festivals with him and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones! Tom Holland is my "blues god father". I met Tom during my first trip to Chicago. Aside from being James Cotton's right hand (left handed) man, he also fronts his own band the Shuffle Kings and invited me to sit in with them. We have been good friends ever since and always have a blast when we hang out. He's another one that I can always go to with questions and for guidance; and I love hearing his stories of the great Chicago Blues musicians, and he's played with EVERYONE! He's very supportive and is kind enough to invite us out to shows when him and Cotton are passing through town. It's like getting to see how it's done. He's giving me a front row education... it doesn't get better than that. Which meetings have been the most important experiences for you? What is the best advice ever given you? The best advice I got came in my first year of playing out live. It was to "turn around and face the audience". I still have trouble with that one though; I just love watching the band play... Overall, meeting with Sharon Jones was pretty significant; it made big impression on me. The first time I had seen Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings was at the House of Blues in Boston. I had managed to sneak back stage to get a picture and meet Sharon. I caught her after she was getting off the stage. She was soaked in sweat and had left NOTHING out there. The show was an experience, the band perfectly tight and grooving, and Sharon, conducting them, playing the band like an instrument. There is an honesty and conviction in her performances that's like nothing I've ever seen. She gets off stage, is toweling down, and stops to say hello, gives me a big hug, and before the woman can even get a drink of water; offers to take a picture with me, and another when she thinks the first isn't good enough. I thanked her and quickly left, floating on cloud nine, and went back to my seat. A few minutes later I see Sharon appear in the crowd, still smiling, still with that infectious energy. She stood there for what seemed like hours, taking pictures, hugging every last fan that came out to see her. It was remarkable. From her live show, to her music, to her fans, Sharon Jones gives every last drop of her energy and love and being, to everything she does, and everyone she meets. That had such a profound affect on me. I realized that night, that I have to give this, my music, my dreams, my relationships, everything I have to even be worthy of the opportunity. Unless I do it with same passion that Sharon does, I don't deserve to step foot on a stage. That was a turning point for me... What do you miss most nowadays from the music of past? Do you believe in the existence of real Soul Blues nowadays? I would hear my parents listening to Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin or Carly Simon- the first CDs they gave me were The Beatles and Rod Stewart, and we would sing Dusty Springfield and Peggy Lee songs or church music. It was much different from the music most of my friends were listening to in school, stuff like Britney Spears and N'Sync. Popular music lacked an authenticity for me. I had to work to seek out good music, and often it was going back and discovering the music that influenced bands like The Beatles. That's how I found out about and fell in love with the blues and soul. Growing up in the age of the internet- I was always able to find music that really moved me. It was the best of both worlds. I could hit a record store and thumb through old doo-wop records, or I could download Billie Holiday songs or youtube Big Mama Thornton. I had to seek it out. Older music does tend to have a "vibe-i-ness" to it. A warmth, a tangibility that can't be reproduced with things like auto tune or digital editing. But there is certainly still real Blues & Soul out there today and really great artists that create and attain that vibe. Sharon Jones is proof. Shemekia Copeland is proof. Lydia Warren is proof. It might not be found necessarily going through crates of vinyl... maybe clicks on Youtube or Pandora, or via Facebook or blogging sites, but its out there! (and then I usually find it on vinyl too!) Looking for it is the best part of the journey. I especially love getting mix Cd's from friends of music I haven't heard yet! "The way Blues & Soul feels like its physically squeezing your soul- you can't help but want more. To be consumed by feeling, again. To be lost in it." What are your hopes and fears for the future of music? My hope for the future of music, and specifically this genre, is that it continues to grow and prosper; that with each generation, there is an appreciation for the history of the blues, and roots music and that they embrace it. My fear is that the next generation won't know the greatness of Sister Rosetta Tharpe or Albert King or those who were the foundation for pretty much everything. Make an account of the case of the blues in Boston. What are the differences from the other local scenes? We are truly blessed here in Boston! We have some of the most amazing blues musicians right here at home. The idea that we can go out on a random Tuesday night and see or play with Ronnie Earl, Toni Lynn Washington, Peter Parcek, Mike Welch or Sax Gordon is pretty awesome.. Being local to world class players like Bruce Bears, who has plays keys for Duke Robillard and Toni Lynn Washington among others, and the guys from Roomful- to be in a position to see them play, sit in with them and eventually be in a position to get to work with them on the album is something I am truly grateful for. Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really wanna go for a whole day..? I was born in 1984, the same year Big Mama Thornton died. Sometimes I feel like I've missed so much. I would love to go back in time and see Etta, or Billie, or Janis, or Miss Willie Mae live in their prime. I have such a connection to these women- their voices helped me find my voice, my place in the world. As much as you can get from a recording or video, there is whole added element involved in a live performance. An energy that transfers from a musician to an audience member. If I could go back in time, I'd want to be in the audience to see those ladies sing. I can only imagine how magical it must have been. Gracie Curran 

The Blues Blast Magazine

Gracie Curran & The High Falutin Band -
Proof Of Love Vizzable Music
Time-46:19
www.graciecurran.com


Occasionally a vocalist comes along with such a presence that they command everyones undivided attention. Such is the case with Bostons 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. They captured the hearts and ears of Beantown by winning The Boston Blues Challenge in 2012, which propelled them to record this, their debut CD. A stinging guitar intro courtesy of Tom Carroll leads right into the first burst of Gracies pipes on the RB-meets-blues-rock meets honkin horn section goodness of Even With The Rain. Take You With Me is a take charge pledge of love. The calming effects of Jack Daniels and the evil weed are touted in the funky and muscular horn-driven Jack MaryJane. The interplay of the rhythm guitar against the horns are breath taking on this number. Her strong voice grounds the forceful and soulful ballad that is Rock A Hard Place. The crying guitar solo puts the icing on the cake. Cant Getta is a seamless heap of musical energy. Co-producer Richard Rosenblatts sturdy harmonica chops and a string-bending guitar solo energize the hard-rocking blues of Been All Over. Faithful love is portrayed on the slow simmering Weight Of The World...He has the weight of her world on his shoulders. A timeless sentiment is explored on With Friends Like These, where Gracies gem of a voice plays off of the mournful trumpet of Doug Woolverton, all over a bed of Hammond organ. Quite a stunning effort for their initial release. 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 fitwell-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. Reviewer Greg Bluesdog Szalony hails from the New Jersey Delta.

Blues Matters- United Kingdom

GRACIE CURRAN & THE HIGH FALUTIN BAND
Proof Of Love

Taking a line sometime trod by Etta, Janis, and Shemekia, Gracie Curran has a powerhouse vocal that drives a high pulse and drains the emotional bucket dry. She and her band have only been together three years but it appears they causing quite a stir Stateside, notably in their base of Boston and on the East Coast. Releasing this debut album while in Memphis though, was a blues-cultured wise move and it is being recognised as quite a debut! The high temperature mix of the electric guitar forward line, funky backdrop and ballsy vocal from the boss lady gives the whole package an innovative vibrancy; think Black Crowes meet Northsyde on a blues playing field. That means it is the clever and intuitive distance her singing stays away from all the instrumental action, yet remains immersed in the same story. Stand out versions of this can be seen in Jack MaryJane and Rock A Hard Place, but there really isnt a deviant number here; even the obligatory six minute pained slow blues, here it is Weight Of Her World, has an intensity that justifies the triumphant reception. Gareth Hayes

From the Netherlands!

Review From Maxazine in The Netherlands!
Gracie Curran & The High falutin 'Band - Proof Of Love

One of the 'hottest acts' from Boston and surroundings Gracie Curran & The High falutin' Band. Gracie Curran is a 28-year-old singer, who learned to sing in church. In 2009 she formed the High falutin 'Band, which now consists of guitarist Tommy Carroll, bassist Paul Chase and drummer Derek John Bergman. After winning the Boston Blues Challenge and participation in the International Blues Challenge is now their first album "Proof Of Love" in the store.

The CD consists of a comfortable nine songs, all located in the soul blues pattern. The beginning is a bluesgitaarlick before the winds of Roomful Of Blues bets and the rocking jump blues "One With The Rain" follows. "Take You With Me" is a sensitive ballad, beautifully sung by Gracie. In this issue, it is clear that they have a lot to her voice. She has a large range, plays with volume, sharp turn and then go back to a muffled hoarseness. The rest of the songs move between the firmer blue work and sensitive soul ballads. My favorite songs are "Rock & A Hard Place", which starts quietly and gradually builds up more and more, the swinging "Can not Getta" and the dark and lyrical "With Friends Like These".

The fact that the horn of Roomful Of Blues and keyboardist Bruce Bears (Duke Robillard) do it is proof that this is a promising band. And on the CD, this is also fine transferred. A nice debut of this great band, who even once have come and present to us

Review in Alternate Root

From Alternate Root Magazine:

"Can I get an AMEN! Gracie Curran and her mates, The High Falutin' Band have been touring around New England and up and down the East Coast for a couple years now. They've shared the limelight with some notable luminaries including Shemekia Copeland,Toni Lynn Washington and Sugar Blue and took home the prize as Boston's Best Blues Band in 2012. 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."

Soulful Glow by Michael Witthaus Hippo Press

Soulful glow
Gracie Curran and the High Falutin' Band make first Manchester visit
By Michael Witthaus music@hippopress.com
3/21/2013


I know the sun will come out eventually, sings Gracie Curran on Even With the Rain, which kicks off Proof of Love, the debut CD from Curran and her High Falutin Band. The songs bruised optimism reflects struggling to make the record a reality nights with no heat, two years of work scrapped and rewritten when a new drummer joined, skin-of-the-teeth financing and other small nightmares. The singer believes living the blues ultimately paid off. I think it ended up making the album better, Curran said by telephone recently.

The trials, tribulations and suffering made me appreciate it even more. Everythings looking up from here. Thus, its fitting that Curran and her band received the first pressing of the record in late January while preparing to take the stage in Memphis, Tenn., for the International Blues Challenge. It was a moment that glowed like the throwback microphone Curran sings into most nights. After representing the Boston Blues Society in the competition, Curran and her band gigged their way up the Mid-Atlantic. Every show became a CD release party, with the biggest one coming in front of a hometown crowd at sold-out Johnny Ds Uptown Club in Somerville.

Along with a stunningly soulful voice, Currans trademark is her infectious, whoop-it-up enthusiasm. When shes not in the middle of a crowd call and response, shes frequently pushing guitarist Tommy Carroll to higher heights with a shout of Cmon, Tommy, do it! He doesnt play behind his head or with his teeth, but at least one time a night hell do something that shocks me, something that Ive never heard, said Curran. So it just started with me egging him on. I want to hear it and he accomplishes it. Hes flawless and he carries the emotion and the riff.

Currans influences include Billie Holiday I wholeheartedly believe that listening to her can slow down time and Sharon Jones, whose Dap Kings albums have a vibiness that sounds like they were made 50 years ago. She grew up on gospel and rock, singing in a church choir directed by her mother and listening to her fathers Allman Brothers records. As a result, Proof of Love possesses equal parts throwback soul and roadhouse swagger: Weight of Her World echoes Tupelo Honey-era Van Morrison, while Jack and Mary Jane is a straight-up rocker, and the sultry With Friends Like These is down- low blues worthy of Janis Joplin.

When shes not playing with her band, Curran spends a lot of time in the audience, which often leads to her being on stage. Sitting in on separate occasions with Peter Parcek and Mr. Nick His Dirty Tricks led to Currans March 22 gig at Strange Brew Tavern. Its an awesome crowd, Im really looking forward to it, she said. We were dying to get in, especially to be included with those acts that play there all the time. Shes appeared with big names like Shemekia Copeland and Monster Mike Welch; Welch returned the favor by sitting in with the High Falutin Band, as did Lydia Warren and Sax Gordon.

I love live music, so a lot of times Im out to see people and they call me up, Curran said. Were so lucky in New England that we can go out and see these players any night of the week, so I do. I take advantage of it. Its great when you can find a pocket and just move with it. The music community supports and inspires Curran. You want to give people the feeling you get when you see them. If Monster Mike Welch can play a minor 7 that makes me weak in the knees, I want to give that feeling to the audience, you know?

THE NOISE- Review by AJ Wachtel

GRACIE CURRAN & THE HIGH FALUTIN BAND
Proof of Love
9 tracks


Gracie is one of the best blues divas on the local scene today and this cd allows her to strut her stuff behind her fine band. And the result, mixed and mastered by blues harp legend Rosy Rosenblatt (D.K.s Full House) is a great example of why our local blues scene is one of the best around. Listen to: Cant Getta, Take You With Me, Even With The Rain, and Been All Over (with Rosys great harp) to hear her country-blues sound at its best. The sweet and sad twang of Take You With Me should be heard on country radio stations everywhere. Its always cool when blues royalty makes a cameo. Keyboardist extraordinaire Bruce Bears, from Duke Robillards band joins in here too. I also really like when the horns are employed in her music; their brassy additions always are short and sweet and greatly add to the total package. Whether torching an Americana ballad or pouring her heart out in a romp, the nice guitar work of Tom Carroll, the good bass of Geoff Murfitt and solid pounding of Derek Bergman on drums mix well with Gracies great vocals for a real treat. Check it out. (A.J. Wachtel)

 

Boston Blues Society Review- Georgetown Fats

Gracie Curran and The High Falutin Band
Proof of Love
Self Published
By Georgetown Fats
April 2013


First impressions can often be misleading. While attending the final live performance of Blind Billy The Spectacles several years ago at a bar in Beverly, it was hard not to notice the girl in the audience that was feelin the music rather than just listening to it all. It was my first chance to witness Gracie Curran in a live musical setting. In a room of wooden and rigid dancers Gracie seemed to be consuming the music deep into her soul and just going with the moment. I immediately suspected Gracie had consumed a few too many adult ice cubes to create this reaction. After a brief formal introduction by Blind Billy Mitchell in between sets and before she sat in for a few tunes with The Spectacles I had a chat with Curran; it was easy to see while Gracie is a bit off in the best way possible it wasnt the ingested chemicals creating this ball of energy, it was the music. And once that first note was sung it was clear Gracies had a natural ability to blend high energy and youthful exuberance with an old musical soul well beyond her years. Over the years since the initial introduction I have harassed and harangued Gracie Curran, waiting for her first release. Currans repeated refrain had always been be patient or itll happen when it is meant to happen or other what I considered useless tautologies. I never really understood that within the ball of energy and the constant life of the party mentality Curran is also a strong musician/business woman. It took just one complete spin of Proof of Love for that epiphany. From the opening strains of Even with the Rain, which starts with a brief vamp from guitarist and co-collaborator Tommy Carroll, even before the ROOMFUL OF BLUES horn section kicks in their parts, it is clear there is something different and something good going on with Proof of Love. Rather than being satisfied with churning out other measured and tired cover songs, Curran and company are more than happy to do the disk their own way. In a track co-written by drummer Derek John Bergman, when listening to Even with the Rain it is hard not to hear Curran pay homage to Koko Taylor or other Chicago greats without regurgitating their material. On Jack MaryJane, co-written by guitarist Tommy Carroll and supplemented by scorching baritone sax line from Mark Earley, Curran and the band bring the groove down to a nasty but still up-tempo groove while Curran howls about two of her favorite food groups. While the logos theme of Jack MaryJane has been done before by many other, most notably Muddy Waters Champagne and Reefer, by pushing the metronome, Gracie The High Falutin Band still create an outstanding original by understanding the delineation between inspired and ripping off a previous cover song. Probably my favorite tune on Proof of Love has to be the somewhat dark With Friends Like These. Co-written with Geoff Mr. Fabulous Murfitt, unless youve lived within a monastery or under a rock for large swaths of time, it is hard not to identify those friends who continue to cause more trouble than they are worth in the grand scheme of things. There is an awful to like on Proof of Love, but there is also an awful lot to like from Gracie Curran The High Falutin Band live. Just make sure to bring your dancing shoes and keep hydrated as you're sure to get a cardio workout on the dance floor.

Patriot Ledger

Jay N. Miller, Patriot Ledger 11/11/2011

We finally caught Gracie Curran & the High Falutin Band last weekend at Maris Place in Quincy, and as WATD DJ Peter Black had assured us for a long time, the lady can really belt out the blues. Her backing band is also extremely tight and versatile, so catch them next time theyre in the area. ... Read more: http://www.patriotledger.com/entertainment/x76459603/MUSIC-SCENE-Dave-Alvins-music-packs-a-punch#ixzz1dZ9oQWba

Boston Blues Society Review of the 777 sampla

GRACIE CURRAN THE HIGH FALUTIN’ BAND 777 Sampla Self Release Review by Georgetown Fats I will be honest; the opportunity to review Gracie Curran The High Falutin’ Band’s 777 Sampla created concern and trepidation. Through work with the Boston Blues Society I have had the opportunity to meet quite a few characters on both the local and national level after they have come off the stage. It has always been about hearing the music first and then getting to know the musician after-the-fact. This formula has hopefully allowed me to keep some objectivity. Leave it to Gracie to blow the status quo up, leaving nothing but rubble in the wake, and then to call it all a party. While the story of my introduction to Gracie Curran will remain legend, I will say that Gracie keeps both her music and her personality real and genuine. Curran combines a musically old soul with the recklessness of her chronological age, creating a dichotomy of just being “a little off” in the best possible way. She takes these same quirks on stage, which combine for a great live show. While other vocalists attempt to take a scripted routine to the stage in order to put on a show that will advance their musical careers, Curran is the same person both on and off the stage. This girl can sing and entertain with the best of them. The concern with offering a review of the 777 Sampla is that having outside influences on Gracie Curran The High Falutin’ Band’s sound would taint their existing sound. Thankfully, this initial concern is unfounded. Produced, engineered and mixed by Ron Levy and Richard Rosenblatt, these two veterans of the Boston music scene merely polish the diamond rather than attempt to sand off the jagged edges. Backed by Tommy Carroll on guitar, Ross Liberti on drums and Geoff “Mr. Fabulous” Murfitt on bass, the 777 Sampla is a three-song EP of Curran/Carroll originals offering a tease of what to expect on Gracie Curran The High Falutin’ Band’s first full length release. “Can’t Getta” offers a humorous take on Curran’s own assessment of some personal flaws. Upon multiple reviews of the track, it is hard not to identify with some of Curran’s time management issues, as well as groove along to both the power and restraint of The High Falutin’ Band. On “Rock A Hard Place,” The High Falutin’ Band slows it down for a burning and churning track about relationships and Curran’s confidence to push back when a relationship turns sour. With Richard “Rosy” Rosenblatt and Barrett Anderson making guest appearances on “Any Moment Now,” Gracie Curran The High Falutin’ Band lay down a refreshingly convincing down-home country blues track mixing both contemporary airplay ability with the knowledge that blues is far more than a I-IV-V chord progression. For those who can’t wait for Gracie Curran The High Falutin’ Band’s full length release, be sure to check out www.thehighfalutinband.com/ for their live dates. Reliable gossip states that copies of the 777 Sampla are available at their live performances."

Georgetown Fat's 10 Shots

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SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010 10 Shots with Gracie B Curran When people with a respected musical opinion tell me to check out another artist, I am usually all ears. Im fortunate to have a strong connection of friends and mentors who know enough not to waste my time... Thats how I met Gracie B Curran. After hearing great things from all of the right people about Gracie B, by chance I had a chance to see hear her sitting in with Blind Billy The Spectacles. Having ripped through an outstanding rendition of Kansas City, Gracie B came back out into the audience to have a few beers with the disassembled masses.... In between Pabst pints, Gracie B said all of the right things about music, I was awful fortunate to have such a strong musical network of musicians....only then did I let her know I was the man behind the wayfarers... In between rehearsals for their upcoming gig at Mari's Place ( www.marisplace.com) in Quincy Mass on Saturday, June 12th ( 9PM to 2AM) Gracie B had a chance to step up to the bar and do Ten Shots.... As always with Ten Shots this is the artist in their own words... Georgetown Fats - Tell me about how you got your start in music? Gracie B - My mom was the choir director at our church. There was always music in our house, I've always love to sing. My dad and I would stay up real late; sit at the kitchen table and he'd tell me about seeing Janis Joplin, or Bob Dylan back in the day down the cape... seeing the obvious effect it had on him- made me want be that singer that dad's tell their daughters about. And the first time I sang with a live band, I knew I was ruined for anything else... Georgetown Fats - In addition to singing, I hear you have also begun tooting away at a blues harp? How is it going for you? Gracie B - I'll be honest its not sounding too great. Horrible actually. But check back in with me after my lesson with Blind Billy. Perhaps after Ill suck a bit less. Or more, maybe thats the problem, I don't suck hard enough? oooh man... GF - So do you play any other instruments? Gracie - I was recently inspired to buy a Hammond M3. We'll see how that goes after I get to know her a bit better. Unfortunately my lack of coordination, awkwardness, and clumsiness may it difficult for me to play an instrument. I'm still working on being able to sing and tambo at the same time... I'm working on it though! GF - Tell me about some of your musical inspirations, are they all blues artists? Gracie - I just feel blues differently then most other genres of music. I grew up with the Beatles, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, and Janis Joplin- but when I heard Ray Charles' I Got a Woman the first time, I knew I was in love with the blues and soul, and I couldn't get enough- Then, I think it was going to record stores that made me dig deeper- I love the sound of vinyl. In a way just the medium alone led me to get an education and discover more blues and soul artists and albums. People would give me mix CDs (which is the best gift ever)- and just talking to other musicians, what they like, what they think you should check out... then you hear Robert Johnson and Son House along the journey- its so simple but so honestly emotive. You take the influence and inspiration that comes from whatever gives you that feeling, and then you do your best to relay that emotion and feeling yourself- I love everything from Etta, to the Black Keys and something I particularly appreciated about Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings was that they specifically recorded on equipment that would give them a certain timelessness. You listen to the album and you wouldn't think it was recorded recently. The band is just smokin'... GF - What is the hardest part for you with the business aspect of music? Gracie - At the moment its really the desire to play original music. The blues and soul are so much about emotion, it just feels inauthentic to do covers or covers of covers. And at the same time, its a lot of fun to play tunes that everyone knows and sings along to. I guess just finding the balance between satisfying the crowd and being satisfied creatively and hopefully one day that will be with originals and not Mustang Sally. GF - Do you have any musical horror/funny stories you would like to share? Please feel free to emit any names of any guilty or clueless parties. Gracie -We filled in last minute for a gig at Copperfields in Boston. It was a Thursday night in September. Two people came out to see our band that night. One guy was hammered, insisting he was a gypsy who very much enjoyed gyrating in my face (one leg on the stage even, a lot of thrusting). The other was intently watching us intently from the bar, sipping his Pabst Blue Ribbon and shooting Jack. When it came time to work the crowd at the end of the show, it was either talk to the gypsy or the guy at the bar in the High On Fire T Shirt. I chose the guy at the bar, we started talking and we've been dating for three years now. When we fight I remind him that I could have picked the gypsy. GF - How long have you been working with The High Falutin Band, and how did you meet the guys? Gracie - Me and the High Falutin' fellas have been playing together now for a few months. I met Geoff Murfitt about four years back, he's a sick sick bass player but he's also just a good time, super laid back. I've known Tommy for a while now too and still I think Ive only seen probably 17% of what he can do so Im looking forward to seeing the other 83%. (is that right? math wise?). As a singer its easy to get sucked into a situation where you play with different players every night, whatever lineup you can grab. This is an attempt to make something that can grow and evolve into something good and its own. These are great guys and great musicians; I'm learning a lot, we have fun, play well together and Im looking forward to seeing where it goes. GF - Are there any plans to take The High Falutin Band into the studio anytime soon? Gracie - I hope so. I was laid off in February from my day job right after I started playing with Geoff and Tom. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason so I just decided to kick the writing up a few notches and throw all my focus into music. I'm hoping we can introduce more and more original tunes as we go. So I guess by 2015-ish we'll be playing all our own stuff. Ha. GF - If memory serves me correct, youre hosting an open mic on Tuesdays. What locale, and how has the turnout been? Gracie - I hosted an open mic in Back Bay for a while. Like a hundred Berklee kids every week- it was pretty fucking entertaining but pretty intense. The vibe at the My House Lounge on Tuesday nights is much different. Very relaxed and chill. Its right outside of Quincy center and it doesn't cost $12 for a Jack and coke so Im a happy camper. We've had a great crowd - I think the best part of an open mic is you never know what someone is going to pull outta of their back pocket. Like the Susan Boyle effect. You just never know who in the crowd will get up and blow you away. GF - A Janis Joplin cocktail is made with Southern Comfort, Sprite, and has a salted rim. Walk me through how someone would make themselves a Gracie Curran cocktail. Gracie - I'd have to say Root beer and Jack Daniels in a frosty mug. With a Prilosec chaser. Now thats badass! GF - What magazine or publication will it be to run a story about you which will let you know youve made it? Gracie - Time Magazine. They don't mess around and I like their music reviews. If you're in there, you must be pretty legit. Obviously if you make it into Rolling Stone, things are probably going pretty well. High Times would just be a nice big soap box to stand on. Granted I'm pretty jazzed about this 10 Shots article :) I think the first time I hear myself on the radio is when Ill feel like I really succeeded or even playing the main stage at the House of Blues- We'll see. GF - Van Halen used to request bowls of MMs with the brown MMs plucked out, Dustin Diamond wont let comedy clubs mention he was Screech when promoting his comedy routine, what amusing thing is or will be in your contract rider? Gracie - I don't really dig the diva-ness of all that, I'm easy. I like all MM's equally. Georgetown Fats - Is it possible to fly by the seat of your pants if youre not wearing pants? Gracie Curran - Being Pantless is wonderful, and in itself makes you feel like you are flying- If you see me in a skirt its purely for the breeze... Thanks again to Gracie B for being such a good sport, and for having the chops and willingness to get a little weird. For more info on Gracie B The High Falutin Band check them out at; http://www.myspace.com/graciebmusic POSTED BY BOSTON BLUES, BREWS AND BBQ BLOG AT 8:17 PM

Music On the Couch

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www.blogtalkradio.com/musiconthecouch/2010/10/12/damon-fowler-grace-curran-sit-on-the-couch

From Boston, MA comes 26-year old Gracie Curran and her High Falutin' Band. We talked to Gracie about her start in the business. How she recently joined up with her current band and their quest to win the Boston Blues Society entry into the 2011 IBC competition.