“The Frailty of Humans – Lawrence County This is the first album release under the new band name from who once were DH Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show.
This album takes a big shift in the musical direction of this bunch of guys and gals from the Bagthorpe Delta. There’s not a washboard in sight! Instead, the band have gone for a earthy, true-grit Americana sound with electric guitar an full tremolo mode and plenty of mountain-style fiddle.
The songs are carried with great care by drum (Bob Carlisle) and bass (Pete Heron) who provide a secure and gripping rhythm in every track.
Although obviously inspired by the Americana and alt-country sound, Lawrence County write songs about England (except for Bye Bye Americae which is definitely about America!).
They use Americana as a vehicle for telling stories about North Nottinghamshire, and the album is rich with local folklore.
12 of the 13 songs are original, with traditional English folk song Lucy Wan receiving a complete Lawrence County make-over – hard core folkies will no doubt be upset with this! The rest of the songs take us on a journey full of highs and lows, mixing rocking country tracks (They’re All There, I Don’t Sing County Anymore), with lonesome, pitiful ballads (Lights Go Out, By The Briar).
The fiddle and accordion are delivered skilfully by talented multi-instrumentalist Martin Gallimore. Lawrence County frontmen and songwriters Al Rate and Bill Kerry III are joined by local lasses Charlotte Pynegar and Marianne ‘Maz’ Clarke, who provide a contrast of backing vocals ranging from sweet and pure to proper gritty country. Lawrence County were lucky enough to have some incredible session players contribute to this album, namely Kristen Horner on cello, and George French on Trumpet.
These really add to the class of the tracks that they play on. Local music has never been so rich with talent, and this album is a ‘must listen’ to give us even more love for what the best of Nottingham has to offer.”
Lawrence County feature often on our radio station pushing Original music