Up the Road

Up the Road LP

1988  (vinyl only)

Sellin' Out
Four More Quarters
Rosetta Monroe
Handful of Love
As Long as I am Leaving You Behind
High and Free
Common Nouns
Crazy for You
Nobody Loves You When You're Blue
Up the Road
Feet Firmly on the Ground

    A New York (via Alabama) country rocker who reeks with authenticity, Eddy Lawrence writes rollicking odes to free livin', weepy ballads, and slices of lower middle class life. The songs themselves take as many twists and turns as a stretch of lonesome road, but they're presented in a straightforward and honest manner.  A Stones/Burrito Brothers influence shows up on the more rocking cuts, but the country-leaning tunes won't scare away the purists either.
    Most of all, this album succeeds because of Lawrence's ear for catchy phrases....There isn't a weak cut here, and the 12 tracks add up to make a very impressive album.

Jay Lustig
East Coast Rocker

The best way I can describe Eddy's music is to get you to imagine a combination John Prine and Ricky Scaggs (like Ricky, he's a multi-instrumentalist whose best instruments are mandolin and guitar). While his first album was a solo effort, he put together a pretty decent band for the second one, delving into bluegrass, straight country, and one flat-out rocker.

Jeff Robins

On Alabaman Eddy Lawrence's new Up the Road, a farmer folding fast is down to selling his daughter's old wedding dress -- "she only used it twice." The terrain is familiar, but the details are more than merely apt, and Lawrence, who started out a country rocker and sounds country this time out, remains at heart a folkie, even with a group heavy on pedal steel and mandolin and slide. You know he's talented when he can stray into Hank Williams Jr.'s territory on "High and Free" -- championing the dawgs and guns life over the wicked ways of the city -- and not bug you.

R. J. Smith
The Village Voice




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