Sassy songstress belts out the blues
Sassy songstress’’ Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band is bringing it all back home. Back in her hometown, Cafe Royale will again reverberate to Laura’s ballsy blues and steamy slow-burning ballads, with the bonus being boogie piano-man and Kiwi music icon Wayne Mason as the band’s resident ivory-tinkler.
First and foremost an entertainer, Wellington based Laura brings her own interpretations to the likes of Nina Simone, Koko Taylor, Etta James, and Bonnie Raitt along with a few helpings of Muddy Waters, BB King, and the honkytonk of Fats Domino, Dr John, and Professor Longhair.
‘‘Blues comes straight from the heart and that’s just how I like it,’’ Laura says.
‘‘It’s accessible, joyful, heart-felt music, and not only that it makes me want to move – what’s not to like?’’ Joining Laura and Wayne is pedal-free guitarist John O’Connor who has worked with, among others, Kiri Te Kanawa, Mark Williams, BB King, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.
In the deliberately ‘pulled back’ engine room, there’s George Barris on upright bass, who was a member of 1970s Kiwi band Highway, with Pete Cogswell on the ‘back porch’ skins.
According to Laura, the mix brings out a warm vocal-lead sound that ‘‘just swings’’.
Laura Collins fronts Wellington’s Back Porch Blues Band.