comfortable playing full-tilt rock as well as introspective ballads.
She's the whole package."
Known for electrifying
performances with her band, singer, songwriter and guitarist Laurie
Geltman has been placed in high esteem in both rock and acoustic
circles. Geltman's ability to cross over from out-and-out rocker
to acoustic songsmith has been a constant thread in her career.
In the vast musical landscape, Geltman can be described as a mix
of Neil Young combined with Lucinda Williams lyrical storytelling.
Add to that a strong allegiance to rock and roll and a healthy disrespect
for musical boundaries.
her music nationally, Laurie Geltman established herself in the
vibrant Boston music scene. A Boston Music Award winner for
Outstanding Female Vocalist (1998), Geltman has garnered
a total of seven nominations in four different BMA categories. In
a town crowded with promising singer-songwriters, she won the Levi
Strauss-Lilith Fair Emerging Talent Search, earning her a spot
on the 1998 Lilith Fair tour. Geltman and band were semi-finalist
in the legendary WBCN Rock 'n' Roll Rumble (1997), a rite
of passage for rock bands in Boston. While spending most of her
time on the road these days, she is still called upon to open for
some of the biggest acts coming through Boston, from legends like
Joe Cocker to rising stars like Susan Tedeschi.
and Boston-bred, Geltman began playing guitar and writing songs
at age seven. A self-proclaimed "guitar junkie," Laurie
was hooked early on to the sounds of her favorite players: Keith
Richards, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Jimmy Page and Robbie Robertson.
Respected for being "a top-flight guitarist" and a versatile
singer/songwriter, it is Geltman's songwriting that showcases her
diversity the most, and parallels her exploration of most musical
genres. Critics seem to appreciate Geltman's versatility:
deploys elements of rock, folk, country and punk with panache...tying
them altogether with well-honed hooks" -The Boston Herald
is off limits...Folk, funk, alternative, blues, jazz and good-old
rock and roll permeate..." -Northeast Performer
film and art history, and following a sojourn into street playing
in Paris, Laurie returned to Boston and earned a degree at Berklee
College of Music. A film-score major at Berklee, Geltman scored
director/writer Kaylyn Thornal's short film A Lot of
Green starring Kay Hanley (Letters To Cleo, Disney's
"10 Things I Hate About You"). Thornal used Laurie's song
"Payoff" as the title track of her critically acclaimed
music documentary Payoff in which Geltman, Jen Trynin
and Juliana Nash of Talking to Animals were the main subjects.
No Power Steering in
1997 on her own label (RBP) to critical acclaim. It was re-released
nationally in 1998 by now-defunct label Eastern Front Records. 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. Geltman received positive reviews
from around the country including Billboard, Album
Network and CMJ. Her song, Ghost in
the House, appeared on the Respond CD, a compilation
put together by a veritable whos-who of Bostons best
singer-songwriters to benefit Respond Inc., a Boston domestic violence
shelter. The editor of Billboard Magazine named Respond
the number one CD of 1999.
career has always been more about the journey than the destination,
it's no wonder her music took her around the world to Nepal in March,
2000. Geltman was invited by promoters of cultural events in Kathmandu
to perform a concert benefiting the Snow Lion Foundation,
an organization responsible for looking after the education, health
and social welfare of Tibetans living in exile in Nepal.
has shared the stage with such acts as Sarah McLachlan, Morphine,
Aimee Mann, Eric Burdon, Freedy Johnston, Joe Cocker, Emmylou Harris,
Patty Griffin, Marshall Crenshaw, Letters to Cleo, Mary Lou Lord,
Leon Russell, Jonatha Brooke, Derek Trucks Band, The Push Stars,
Chris Whitley, Rick Danko, The Bacon Bros., Old 97's, Leo Kottke,
Dan Zanes, Jen Trynin, and Susan Tedeschi.
Geltman's most recent CD is Motion
Pictures (RBP). Recorded at the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. and enhanced with a six
minute film chronicling the night, this live acoustic musical event really comes to life. The disc
features a dozen guest musicians including Jimmy Ryan
(Catie Curtis), Jim Fitting (The The, Treat Her Right) and
Mike Rivard (The Story).
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