Greg Laswell **All Ages Matinee**
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401
Doors 11:00 AM / Show 12:00 PM
This event is all ages
“If you're going through heartbreak, and you can write a song, it's a wonderful win-win - because it takes your mind off the heartbreak, and you get to vent.” – Nikki Sixx
GREG LASWELL’S EVERYONE THINKS I DODGED A BULLET…CONSIDERED.
Okay, so what? Here’s another album about heartbreak. Or heartache.
But isn’t the worry that when each of us stares down heartbreak/ache (we all do) – we just want so desperately to know that as many as possible are just as miserable as we are? Misery doesn’t just need company – it needs a very specific sort of kinship. And it needs someone who can profoundly articulate it – not just rhyme a few words about some inconsiderate asshole.
It’s not important to reveal the specific catalyst for Greg Laswell’s latest record, Everyone Thinks I Dodged a Bullet – but rather to focus anew on what makes him one of the most uncompromising songwriters of these modern times. You may recognize a bit of Leonard Cohen in his tormented baritone. You might think of Tom Waits when you sense how deep down in the gut these songs come from.
But if there is a quality that still and ever marks out Laswell’s writing, it is an ability to use words like unrepentant paper cuts. Should you be at the receiving end, perhaps you might not at first feel the sting; but it will burn like hell later.
Imagine the coldness of being the subject of such biting vitriol as, “I'm gonna be lazy when I write about you.” Imagine that you mean so much nothing to someone you once meant the world to.
And how would you process the sting of, “What are you going to do when gravity gets to you?” Meanness, after all, is sometimes utterly justified – and in Greg Laswell’s world, no punches are pulled for the sake of possible hurt feelings.
But if you feel the same as does he, the words feel like little (or maybe enormous) triumphs. His pen is mighty – especially when it’s aimed at the heart. And the songs urge you to join in pushing the point in deeper.
The music lends powerful atmospheric gravitas to the words. It soars with tortured majesty (“Lifetime Ago”), it haunts so ever beautifully (“Out of Line”), and it aches with a piercing sadness (“Play That One Again”).
Popmatters called his work, “Haunting, genuine and surprisingly uplifting.” Filter described his songs as “Punches to the gut.” And Blurt said of his music that it’s both “majestic and meditative.”
On the title track Laswell matter-of-factly confesses, “Everyone thinks I dodged a bullet / But I think I shot the gun.” Loaded words, for an album loaded with open wounds.
Recent American Idol Top 24 Contestant, Jenna Renae, is an up and coming country singer-songwriter with the gift of storytelling through music. At the age of 15, she began writing and performing her original music. In 2011 she released her debut album, Wishing, featuring 13 originals. After a couple of years performing locally, Jenna had the opportunity to appear on America’s Got Talent where she received three yeses from the judges and three standing ovations from the audience, advancing to the Judge Cuts round. The exposure from America’s Got Talent opened the door for Jenna to audition for American Idol. Her consistent and emotional performances earned her a spot in the Top 24 of the last season of American Idol.
Jenna recently relocated to Nashville where she is writing and recording a new project entitled “Broke(n)” with Emmy-award winning songwriter and producer, Trey Bruce. The EP will showcase the many diverse and dynamic sides of Jenna Renae as both a singer and a songwriter. “Broke(n) is really my story – full of happiness, heartbreak, and everything in between. I have poured myself into every word I wrote and can’t wait for you to share in my journey.”