October 23 2015

StrongWriter On the Radio: (Episode 55) “Laura Pursell – A Tale Of Two Fires”

“Laura Pursell – A Tale Of Two Fires”
featuring the song “I Wanna Look Good For My Man”

I hope you heard part one of my conversation with Laura Pursell and her dad Bill Pursell.  If you missed it, you can listen to it right here.  So what are the two fires?  I got to hear from Bill’s perspective the “baptism of fire” that his daughter Laura went through when she first hit the big stage almost twenty years ago.  But Mr. Pursell also shared his recollections of Johnny Cash, specifically the time Bill played piano on “Ring Of Fire” in 1963.  And speaking of that year, I learned why his top ten instrumental “Our Winter Love” set a trend in recorded music.  Laura chimed in as much her weakened voice allowed, but to hear them together is priceless!  Please enjoy!   ~ 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.

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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

I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)

February 21 2012


John Carter Cash

By Piero Pretto

John Carter Cash, Grammy award winning producer and only child of Johnny Cash and June Carter, was the latest guest to take part in a very personal and inspiring workshop hosted by singer and songwriter Kasey Lansdale last Saturday afternoon.

His message to those in attendance: “Find out where your joy lies.”

“What I beg of ya’ll is to be open-minded. To find out where that path is.” he said.
He started off the workshop by sharing some of his early struggles in life. “Although I was 30, I was still an apprentice in the family business,” he said. “I was trying to figure out exactly who I was, where I was headed.” He noted that it was hard to find himself when he lived in the shadow of his very successful parents for so long.

His struggle to find himself ended when he landed in the studio with his father for the first time.
“When I began to work in the realm of the recording studio, a light came on. This is what I love. This is where I love to work. This is what I love to do.”

Read the full article at THE PINE LOG

Photo source:  New Jersey Stage