October 14 2015

StrongWriter On the Radio: (Episode 54) “Laura Pursell – Father Daughter Day In the Last Dance Hall Left In L.A.”

“Laura Pursell – Father Daughter Day In the Last Dance Hall Left In L.A.”
featuring the song “The Very Last Dance Hall Left In L.A.”

Personally, I never had the experience of a “take your daughter to work day,” but my featured guest appreciates that pleasure quite periodically.  Singer Laura Pursell recently took her famous musician dad Bill Pursell to work with her, and together they created an elegant musical project, an album called The Very Last Dance Hall Left In L.A.  And it’s not the first time; the two have worked on four previous albums over the past decade or so! I had such an enjoyable time getting to know these two wonderful people, and I invite you to savor the back-and-forth dialogue between this father/daughter team.  It is really quite special.  Stories, advice, music.  It’s all here times two, so enjoy the show!  ~ Dean

Featured Guest:   Laura Pursell

(with special guest Bill Pursell)

Laura Pursell is at home singing with a solo guitar or a 32-piece orchestra. What started out as coffee house gig with a jazz duo on Santa Monica Boulevard in 1997 rapidly progressed into a series of concerts, benefits and appearances culminating in a show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville with her father, pianist Bill Pursell. In 2001, she had the honor of singing for Betty and President Gerald Ford in Palm Springs.

After studying songwriting with Harriet Shock and Jai Josefs, she began working with British songwriter/composer Chris Cutler, shaping demos for other songwriters. Realizing they had hit upon a unique writing and production style, a blend of British rock and jazz, they wrote and produced their own song, “Found.” Over the years, Laura has recorded and performed with some of the greatest and accomplished jazz musicians on the West Coast, including Earl Palmer, Ron Anthony, Barry Zweig, Ron Eschete, Doug MacDonald and countless others.

Bill Pursell wrote 8 out of 10 arrangements of their new album The Very Last Dance Hall Left In L.A. and played piano on all 10 tracks. The rich orchestration, recorded by Nashville’s A-team players. Mr. Pursell is perhaps best known for his hit record “Our Winter Love,” but also played piano on many of Johnny Cash’s albums in the 1960s, and worked as a session musician and arranger for Patsy Cline, Johnny Paycheck, Hoover, Joan Baez, Eric Andersen, Scotty Moore, J.J. Cale, Willie Nelson, Dan Fogelberg, and others. In 1985, Pursell was named Composer of the Year by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association.

Visit Laura Pursell’s website:
www.LauraPursell.com

Special thanks to Laura Pursell for the use of her images and music.
© 2015 Laura Pursell – All Rights Reserved

Laura Pursell’s album
The Very Last Dance Hall Left in L.A.
is now available on iTunes!

Laura Pursell 001 Very Last Dance Hall cover

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DEAN OLSON is a songwriter and executive producer of the weekly radio show "StrongWriter On the Radio." The popular program airs Fridays on Amazing Men Of Power and Music Day (AWOP / Raven International Network)