with loss, combating cynicism, and the questions raised when transitioning
into adult-hood are major themes of the CD No Power Steering.
The songs deal with the various choices one faces, including ultimately
taking responsibility for one's own life. In the song "Growing
Down," Geltman asks, "Are you grabbing that horse up by
the reins or watching the race from the grandstand?" Rather
than attempt resolution, Laurie says, "most of the songs put
the person squarely in the thick of it, as opposed to coming out
1997 on her own label (RBP) to critical acclaim and re-realeased
nationally by Eastern Front Records in 1998, No Power Steering
revolved around the core band of Woody Giessmann (drums),
Brian Karp (bass), Daniel Kellar (violin) and Geltman
on electric guitar and vocals. Guests included Jim Gambino
(Swinging Steaks) on organ and piano, A&M recording artist Patty
Griffin on backing vocals and Rich Gilbert (Zulu's, Uncle
Tupelo, Frank Black) on pedal steel.
The CD garnered
extensive airplay with over 230 adds and close to 40 stations in
heavy rotation in markets as diverse as Berkeley, San Antonio, Cleveland
and Anchorage. No Power Steering was nominated for Debut
Album Of The Year and for Outstanding Song/Songwriter for "Growing
Down" in the 1998 Kahlua Boston Music Awards.
"Drenched in ringing guitars, Hammond B3 organ and violin,
Boston-based Laurie Geltman's debut CD is a roots-rock winner. The
ex-Vasco Da Gama singer deploys elements of rock, folk, country
and punk with panache on 'No Power Steering,' tying them all together
with well-honed hooks and a voice that's tender and corrosive by
turns. And Geltman proves herself to be a first-rate guitarist and
lyricist as well. Backed by former members of Letters to Cleo and
the Del Fuegos, Geltman has made an album that should catapult her
from well-kept local secret to national talent. 'No Power Steering'
shows it's a well-earned promotion."
is a tried-and-true rocknroller
playing full-tilt rock as well as introspective acoustic ballads.
She's the whole package: good hooks, lovely melodies, smart lyrics,
and a subtle vocal style."
style that mixes equal parts grit and revelation. Listeners will
hang on her words, but they'll also move to her music."
-San Antonio Express-News
Power Steering is a jewel in what sometimes seems to be a sea of
contemporary music banality."
guitarist...probing lyrics...Geltman has a confident, engaging and
radio-ready voice...this is a talent to be reckoned with."
-The Boston Tab
guitar work...Geltman's impassioned rootsy rock works well with
her insightful lyrics, which deftly spin the tales of real-world
-San Jose Metro Newspapers
perception as a songwriter...A stunning debut CD.
-The Union Leader
has a versatile and matured command of the songwriting process.
(She) naturally accomodates each song's disposition with her pliable
voice....With a fertile roots-rock foundation always near or at
the fore, her songs at times sound folky, country-ish, even punk-ish
("I Got Somethin' On You"), while her close, personal
attachments to the songs' subjects is always evident.
has got what it takes to make it."
-The Album Network
disc is testament to the fact that Laurie Geltman is destined for
bigger and better things. There's an honesty and maturity to these
songs that you don't often encounter in today's music. Laurie is
that rare breed who can sing, play and write songs that stick with
you and make you think..."
powerhouse performer capable of easing into an earthy ballad or
belting out a fiery rocker, Laurie is a reflective writer who draws
you in with her vivid images of life ...Her songs, guitar, &
vocals get you moving & keep you thinking - this CD does 'It'
-"CrossTracks", WCUW, Worcester
many writers who work in a roots/folkish vein, she shows a consistent
knack for pop hooks."
-The Boston Phoenix
are some nifty lyrical moments that snag your attention like a shirt
on a barbed-wire fence."
songs are all-knowing tales of life's naked underbelly as it's not
quite dragging on the ground...not quite scraping bottom, but almost.
No Power Steering is so honest, you can take Geltman's word for
-North Shore Magazine
possessing the strong song writing instincts of a folk artist, Geltman
is without a doubt a rock and roller..."
-Blink, Nashville's Music Magazine
Power Steering is the work of a sophisticated composer. The melodic
landscape is panoramic, and Geltmans timeless music is filled
with nuance and texture."
-New England Music Scrapbook
Power Steering] is a strong, richly textured and stylistically
-The Lowell Sun
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