Featured Spotlight Artist: Karen Lawrence & Blue By Nature
Blues Revue magazine review: Live at the Lake- "Live recordings can be a great thing, capturing all the power of a tight band without studio tricks, ..Live at the Lake by Blue By Nature is such a package. gritty, realistic...." blues bites by Ed Ivey
"The Blues is in My Way" produced by Rick Dufay&Fred Hostetler
"Blue to the Bone" produced by Jack Douglas,R.Dufay&F.Hostetler
"Live at the Lake" (dbl-CD) produced by Jack Douglas
"Hard Daze" produced by Fred Hostetler & Karen Lawrence.
*"Live at the Lake" featured on House of Blues Live Concert website. '98
*"Blue to the Bone" featured as Bluesbreaker on House of Blues Radio Hour '97
*Performed with the Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation Revue, Art Beat of the Blues Festival w/John Lee Hooker, Anaheim Celebrity Theater with Taj Mahal, with Tower of Power, Robben Ford, Coco Montoya & John Lee Hooker at the Doheny State Beach Blues Festival. Other appearances include the Texas Blues Festival, Pomona Blues Festival, China Lake Music Festival, Ladies Sing the Blues Tour, House of Blues-LA, B.B.Kings-LA. '98
*Karen Lawrence named "Best Blues Performer Female" by L.A. JazzScene (2/97)
*Blue By Nature twice featured band on ABC radio’s flagship station-
KLOS ‘local licks’ and "best of the best" show.
--Stand-outs...Karen Lawrence, whose Joplinesque vocals and energy brought the crowd to its feet. Rich DelGrosso, Blues Revue
--Led by dynamo lead vocalist Karen Lawrence, Blue By Nature is at their soul- stirring best...Live at the Lake. House of Blues New Media
--Tina Turner and Janis Joplin are names that readily sprang to mind...in Karen Lawrence the band has a charismatic singer whose voice not only matches the power and intensity of the aforementioned superstars, but one whose roots are even more firmly entrenched in the blues. BLUEPRINT (British Blues Society)
--When I first heard these guys play, they blew me right out of the water. The combination of Karen Lawrence's smoky vocals and the guitar pyrotechnics ...truly makes this band live up to its name, Blue By Nature. Dan "Elwood Blues" Aykroyd, House of Blues Radio Hour
--One of the finest groups of musicians I've heard in years. But
perhaps it's best if you get off your duff and hear Blue By Nature
for yourself. Get the CD Blue To The Bone... then find out where
--Nothing comes between Blue By Nature and its feeling for the blues. Live they take the lead vocalist/guitarist combination to heights rivaling that of the Jagger/Richards Stewart/Wood heyday of blues-based rock-n-roll. Paul III, The Music Paper-NYC
--If talent was a crime, Blue By Nature would be serving a life sentence. Tom Farrell, Music Connection
--A range of
influences, but the band is true blue.
--Having raved about the
beautiful Ms Lawrence, don't get the impression that "Blue By
Nature" is merely a showcase for her mercurial talents, because this
band oozes class, from the driving rhythm section of Hostetler
(rhythm guitar and organ), Charlie Diaz (bass) and Dan Potruch
(drums) to the explosive talents of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick
Dufay, whose intimidating guitar licks prowl across each track with
the barely restrained menace of a caged tiger, proving the perfect
foil for Ms Lawrence's often wild and uninhibited vocals.