It's difficult to tell sometimes how interested singer/guitarists are in their guitars. Not with Colorado's Laurie Dameron. Just about every picture you see of her is with one (or more!) guitars, and a quick listen to her CD Utah Dreams, reveals a love for the instrument. Dameron's classical folk, blues and other blended musical forms rely on her acoustic guitar for their character and sonic beauty. The CD does feature a number of quality guest musicians, but Dameron performs all of the acoustic guitar work and 90% of the electric lead work, which is top-notch. Her vocals are also perfectly tailored for the music -- her lyrical style incorporates humor as well as touches on more serious topics. The CD itself was inspired by the stunning beauty of Utah's colorful deserts, canyons and mountains.
Starting at age four on the piano, Laurie was self taught on the guitar and became proficient by age eight. From then on she was performing for any audience she could find. While attending Adams State College, Laurie attained a minor in music. She toured with ASC Big Band Jazz Ensemble, twice participating in the Annual Greeley Jazz Festival where she impressed jazz virtuoso Johnny Smith enough to receive free lessons. During this time Laurie created the ASC Open Stage and as an emcee she developed a unique rapport with her audience and fellow performers. This gave her plenty of solo time as well as collaborating with others and played a role in formation of her first band.
Dameron is planning to get the word out about her new CD via the Internet and through a number of live performances scheduled for 2001.
P.O. Box 407
Niwot, CO 80544
Web site: www.lauriedameron.us