What some critics are saying about “Rise of the Fall”


“‘Rise Of The Fall’ shows a talent that’s on the ascent”.. (Tom Wilk/ICON Magazine)
“Although recorded in New Orleans by a grateful transplant to the Crescent City, Lynn Drury’s Rise of the Fall occupies a space closer to Tom Petty than Alan Toussaint. She’s a remarkable songwriter in a rock vein—with side trips into balladry and country rock—drawing from a rich palette in the studio that includes cello and violin along with organ and saxophone. Drury’s occasional 12-string guitar playing summons ghosts of Petty and his ’60s roots. Singing in a rugged rootsy voice, she puts across her tough yet sensitive lyrics on the vagaries of love.” (David Luhrssen/Shepherd Express)
“intimate emotive collection of songs influenced heavily by her roots…’NOLAmericana,’ a marriage of ’80s sounds, old-time country, rhythm and blues and New Orleans groove…an album that is at once diverse, outspoken, steady and true.” (Holly Hobbs/Gambit)

“Drury’s got a refreshing earthliness to her voice that gives her songs warmth while her backing band of New Orleans all-stars adds a shot of slinky Tabasco sauce to the otherwise Schlitz-fueled twang…Each song feels like a nugget of hard-earned wisdom…’Rise Of The Fall’ further cements Drury’s place in the firmament of New Orleans songwriters — no frills but with an attention to artistry and craft.” (Rachel Cholst/No Depression)

4****”With a sleepy-headed vocal delivery out of the Lucinda Williams school, NOLA-based singer/songwriter Lynn Drury serves up a soulful, ballad-heavy set with stick-with-you choruses dropped throughout. Cases-in-point include the simmering leadoff rocker- ‘Lifetime Of Living’, a country charmer- ‘Cold Feet’ and the melodically haunting ‘11:11‘.  Strings show up now and again; the moody character of  ’11’ is underlined by a compelling and very unexpected chart sounding straight out of the Jeff Lynne playbook”. (Duane Verh/Roots Music Report)


“Lynn just put out a new CD, Rise of the Fall, which takes listeners on a journey, with a female John Prine feel.” (Jim Clark/The Lee County Courier)

“Drury’s songs are beyond category, touching everything from classic folk singer-songwriter to county, soul, and roots rock…’Cold Feet’ should be a country hit for somebody if not Drury herself…” (John Swenson/OffBeat)

“This singer/songwriter from Nawlins via Miss’ippi has come up with the album Lucinda Williams fans have been hoping for.  Without being a copycat, Drury has her own sound but she does a great job of following in and filling some mighty big footsteps.  Simply a right on set throughout.” (Chris Spector/Midwest Record)

4**** ‘Favorite songs include the organ-drenched, string-augmented, tempo-shifting opener ‘Lifetime Of Living,’ the sad, profound ‘Taking All Good People Away,”’ the 12-string powered ‘Anniversary’ and too many others to mention. Fans of ‘NOLAmericana’ (Lynn’s word) will thoroughly enjoy this CD.” (Ricky Flake/Sun Herald)

“mixes folk, country, blues, soul, rock and pop elements to create her own appealing and engaging sound…And she is a damn good songwriter, her songs speaking to us honestly and directly…One of my favorites is ‘Water Your Words.’ It’s a beautiful song, slow and moving, yet oddly catchy, and with an excellent vocal performance. ‘We’ve always been good/At riding that fence/Between black and white/So don’t make me choose/Between this life and you.’ Arsène DeLay provides backing vocals on this track. This song dug into my brain, made itself a home there, where it is certainly welcome. I love this one more each time I listen to it.” (Michael Doherty’s Music Log)

“A Mississippi native, Lynn Drury has carved out a place for herself within the New Orleans music community as an Americana singer-songwriter drawing on country, folk and local rhythms and grooves. Her new, eighth album is ‘Rise of the Fall.’ On it, she and bandleader Rene Coman, bassist of the Iguanas, craft a dozen songs marked by her burnished voice and intimate arrangements.” (Keith Spera/New Orleans Advocate)

Rise of the Fall, TOP 5 in Goldmine Mag –

5 great CDs include Texas Blues, Alt-Blues, Rockabilly, Hokum and NOLAmericana

      Texas blues is its own sub-genre apart from Chicago blues or Mississippi Delta blues. Stalwart practitioners of such include Gatemouth Brown, Johnny Winter, Albert Collins, Lightnin’ Hopkins, ZZ Top, T-Bone Walker, Blind Lemon Jefferson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Fab T-Bird Jimmie Vaughan’s son, Tyrone Vaughan, is a hot-shot guitarist out of Austin whose first guitar was given to him by his uncle, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He’s now joined forces with singer Malford Milligan in the Milligan-Vaughan Project or MVP (Mark One Records).
Their originals swing with the kind of dynamic instrumental interplay inherent in this strain of the blues. Milligan is one of those big-voiced singers who emphatically and consistently gets his points across in a no-holds-barred style of all-out abandon. They do Buddy Guy’s “Leave My Girl Alone,” Les McCann’s jazzed-up “Compared To What,” Freddy King’s “Palace Of The King” and the Reverend James Cleveland’s holy-soaked “Two Wings.” Seemingly, there ain’t nothin’ this duo can’t do. It’s a hot debut complete with a rampaging band of bass, drums, keyboards, second guitar and back-up vocals for window dressing but it’s their show…and they make the most of it.


  Is the self-released, self-produced Love You To Life by Lara Hope and the Ark Tones the most fun CD of the year? Just might be! This wild’n’wooly quartet from the Hudson Valley in upper New York state can lay claim to furthering that hiccupping rockabilly style as fronted by the hot’n’fast Hope who transcends those roots to include bop, rock, soul, country and gospel. I hear she’s dynamite live so folks in Harrisburg Pennsylvania better get ready for their show there on November 25. In the meantime, everybody can latch on to this Love… because when they do Jack White’s earthy “Hotel Yorba” and Sister Wynona Carr’s heaven-raising “’Til The Well Runs Dry” (with a smirk), alongside such exceptional originals as “Dr. Bartender,” “Working Man’s Tools” or my favorite, “Fast, Cheap, Or Well Done,” you will no doubt have a new favorite band.


   The only question is why has it taken multi-talented Michael Dinallo 30 years to finally come out with a debut? And couldn’t he have added a few more tunes?Crooked Road Songs is, in a word, spectacular. It’s soulful, bluesy to the hilt, filled with folksy reverence for his forebears and contains some spectacular vocals courtesy of soul shouter Barrence Whitfield and Boston bar-band hero Tim Gearan. Dinallo has arranged, produced, written and added some pretty damn nifty electric guitar and mandolin on six sterling tracks, three with full band, three acoustically intimate. Muddy Waters did Big Bill Broonzy’s “Lonesome Road Blues” in 1959. Is it sacrilegious to say I like Dinallo’s version better? Ditto for Lead Belly’s “In The Pines.” Dinallo’s originals reek of late-night honky-tonk floozies and bare-bones front-porch Appalachia. The man knows how to put a record together. He’s done so producing Eddie Floyd on Stax and the Charlie Rich tribute album last year, both projects brimming with ideas, alacrity and total joyousness. Rock on, dude. I’m a fan.


    “Hokum” is a very specialized brand of blues with the accent on fun. Racy fun. Double entendres abound, dirty meanings hidden in plain sight. Lil Johnson, for instance, recorded her “Meat Balls” in 1937 and it had nothing to do with dinner. Butterbeans and Susie go back even further with their “I Want A Hot Dog For My Roll.” Disparaged by critics but loved by the public, hokum blues music has survived the test of time. Enter Chris “Bad News” Barnes with an all-star assemblage of talent on songs like “Let Me Play With Your Poodle” (and you just know he ain’t talkin’ ‘bout a damn dog), “It’s Tight Like That,” “You Can’t Get Enough Of That Stuff,” “Somebody Been Using That Thing,” “Let Me Pat That Thing,” “Caught Him Doing It” and eight more hilarious, soulful examples of Hokum Blues (VizzTone Label Group). The Father Of The Blues himself, WC Handy [1873-1958], knew “you gotta hook ‘em with the hokum” before they’d listen seriously. Barnes is a comedian singer, a former television writer who knows how to deliver. Plus, with a cast that includes musicians from the Conan O’Brien Show, The Fab Faux, the Saturday Night Live Band, Bette Midler and Jimmy Rogers, you just know the music is El Supremo.


     NOLAmericana is the term New Orleans singer-songwriter Lynn Drury uses to describe her earthy roots music. Rise Of The Fall (CSB Roxy Music) is her self-produced national debut after eight local efforts. Inspired vocally by Lucinda Williams, the Gulf Coast native tapped Iguanas bassist Rene Coman to help her in the studio while she played acoustic guitar, tambourine and clarinet besides warbling her originals in a decidedly unique, soulful, alt.rock kinda way. The songs are complex slices of life made sumptuous and elegantly listenable with use of slide, 12-string, bass, electric guitar, drums, sax, cello, violin and Hammond B-3.
“So what good is the rain? It don’t wash away the pain,” she laments at one point. Compositionally inspired by John Prine (who isn’t?), her characters face existential crises at every turn like the guy who can’t remember his “Anniversary” or the gal who ponders her fate every night around “11:11.” The alt-rock inspiration comes from The Smiths (maybe because she worked with their producer John Porter on her 2014 Come To My House.) Her alternative credentials were originally cemented when she worked with Jimbo Mathus of Squirrel Nut Zippers as producer for her 2006 All You Need.
After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, she relocated to Tennessee during Hurricane Katrina before moving abroad for a few years and returning to the States in 2009, settling in New Orleans, Louisiana, thus the NOLAmericana tag. Her 2011 Sugar On The Floor had the legendary Ivan Neville on board. He knew how cool she is. Now we all do.

Chickie Wah Wah Friday! 9.22.17


On the Rise: Lynn Drury returns with new album

The songwriter releases Rise of the Fall at Chickie Wah Wah
Friday Sept. 22.

Lynn Drury didn’t pick up a guitar or start writing music until her mid-20s, but when she did, the songs poured out. With Rise of the Fall, her eighth studio album out Sept. 29 via CSB Roxy Music, Drury was at the helm for the first time, doing her own production (along with co-production from Rene Coman, bassist with the New Orleans Latin-rock band The Iguanas) and offering a more intimate emotive collection of songs influenced heavily by her roots.

Drury was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and grew up on a 500-acre farm in Carriere, Mississippi, an hour from New Orleans. She spent her childhood riding horses competitively, participating in 4-H shows, singing with her family in church and listening to stories about an aunt who played guitar.

“My first horse show was at age 5,” Drury says. “My dad was very competitive and very serious about it. I grew up immersed in that and being on the farm and in country music. My dad and my mom weren’t musical, really, but they loved music — the old Merle (Haggard) and Willie (Nelson) and Hank (Williams), and, of course, Elvis.”

After Hurricane Katrina, Drury made playing music a full-time career. In 2011, she released Sugar on the Floor, recorded with Ivan Neville, Alex McMurray, Tommy Malone and others. Her 2014 album Come to My House was produced by Grammy-winner John Porter. Her love of The Smiths informed a lot of her past songwriting, and Drury honed a sound she dubbed “NOLAmericana,” a marriage of ’80s sounds, old-time country, rhythm and blues and New Orleans groove.

But Drury didn’t think the sound of her albums matched her intent.

“I think I’m only now beginning to intimate the musical vision that I’ve been trying to get on every album,” she says. “I always felt like it wasn’t really what I had in my head. With (Rise of the Fall), being able to be in charge of production, I think this is the closest I’ve gotten so far. I always wanted some rawness, just honest, authentic, emotional music. Less polished, more intimate. I think I’m finally starting to get there.”

Drury’s synergy with her band helped. Guitarist Chris Adkins, saxophonist Derek Huston, cellist Jack Craft, violinist Sam Craft, Jake Gold on the Hammond B3 organ and a host of others perform on an album that is at once diverse, outspoken, steady and true. The wealth of instruments used in the recording was a bonus, allowing Drury and Coman to draw out classical string section climaxes, as in “11:11,” and New Orleans horns and rhythm in “I Need You.” Intricate harmonies mark the title track, “Rise of the Fall,” while the lovely “Water Your Words” is a standout track.

“‘Water Your Words’ was the catalyst for getting in the studio in the first place,” Drury says. “It’s a heavy song, especially with what’s going on with everything racially these days, and everything that’s going on in rural places, and in New Orleans.  And musically, it really sounds to me like being back in the country as a child, which is exactly what I was hoping for.”