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Show Review from East Coast Blues News

PHEW! Time flies when you're having fun!  And that's what we're doing so far in 2016! Take a minute to check out this awesome review of a show we played at one of our favorite venues, The Alley in Sanford Florida.  Many thanks to R. Keith Lambert for the nice article and the awesome photos!

The Lauren Mitchell Band
Date: February 6, 2016
Venue: The Alley, Sanford, FL

For quite a few years I have learned to rely on my instincts. On a uncommonly cold and rainy night in Central Florida, I could have easily stayed inside and not ventured out, but my gut told me I should go and see someone I had not had the pleasure of hearing performing live. So I got in the car with a good friend and headed to one of my favorite venues; The Alley in Sanford (Home of the Blues in Central Florida). Of course I had done my due diligence in checking out her website,videos, articles, etc. But just like the old Marvin Gaye song; Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing. . . Well that real thing is Lauren Mitchell, and if you are aware that Soul and Blues music is a great combination, you will appreciate what Lauren Mitchell is all about, and that is: Soulful Blues. Immediately after a couple songs in her first set, I was hearing Aretha Franklin, Etta James, overtones of Sam Cooke and Ray Charles, all making themselves manifest in her voice! On the stage, the Ohio native who calls Sarasota her home is very comfortable. She has an exceptional command of it, as a bandleader. Lauren's sultry voice is the key to her success. She has "The Gift" keyboardist Michael "The Professor"Hensley explained. A veteran musician himself, the expression on his face said it all when he talked eloquently about the broad range of her voice. The Professor humbly acknowledged it has been a privilege to share the stage with her. Sitting in this night on guitar was a force in his own right - Chris K. Royal from the Tampa Bay area. An expert and versatile guitarist, he shredded the frets on solos several times during the set and added rhythms that complemented each song.  The beat was kept smooth and steady with fill -ins and shuffles by drummer Marvel Carraway.

However, it was Lauren who was the focal point of the night. She leaves every drop of herself on the stage. She makes each song her own whether they are covers or her own compositions. She connects with the audience and sings with emotions that go deep inside. So glad I listened to my gut and went to her show. It won't be the last. Once again I had my trusty Nikon in tow, so was able to capture some of the raw emotion of Lauren's performance.

- R. Keith Lambert

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