comfortable playing full-tilt rock as well as introspective ballads.
She's the whole package."
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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.
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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 7 nominations in four different
BMA categories, was a semi-finalist in the legendary WBCN Rock
'n' Roll Rumble (1997) and showcased twice as a finalist in
the now-defunct Acoustic Underground Competition (1991, 1992).
In the very crowded Boston singer-songwriter scene, Geltman won
the Levi Strauss-Lilith Fair Emerging Talent Search, earning
her a spot on the 1998 Lilith Fair Tour. Laurie was often called upon to open for
some of the biggest acts coming through Boston, from legends like
Joe Cocker to rising stars like Susan Tedeschi.
the road, Laurie Geltman has been making a name for herself as well,
touring both solo and with the band. What new audiences often notice
first is her guitar playing. Baltimore-born 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 healthy disrespect for boundaries:
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..."
contain the lyrical meatiness of folk with a musical jolt of rock,
a potent blend."
- The Patriot Ledger
words: "I like knowing I have a large palette to choose from
if I want, but what I write and perform is basically rock music.
My definition of 'rock' encompasses attitude and energy as much
as volume or instrumentation. It's all music and music is about
Shortly after settling into LA in 2004, Geltman got back in the studio to record a six-song rock/pop EP/CD with fellow guitar junkie and Letters to Cleo's Michael Eisenstein producing. Recorded with such notable players as drummer Fred Eltringham (The Wallflowers, The Dixie Chicks, K.D. Lang), keyboardist Peter Adams (Michael Penn and Juliana Hatfield) and Eisenstein and LTC's lead singer Kay Hanley lending some backing vocals, it includes the song "Milwaukee" which was chosen as a finalist in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition.
The resulting EP, Up From Down, released under the band name LAYNE finds Laurie indulging in a punchier pop-rock feel while the songs are left bare enough to showcase her raw emotion and soul.
The current live version of LAYNE features Aaron Tap on Guitar and vocals, Jamie Vavra on Drums, Geltman on Guitar and vocals and Eisenstein on Bass and vocals.
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
Her early recordings
were for the experimental rock group Vasco Da Gama. When VDG disbanded
in the early 90's, Geltman and former bandmate Daniel Kellar had
already begun playing-out with various rhythm sections under Geltman's
own name. Although Kellar no longer performs with Geltman, his innovative
violin sound can be heard on almost all of Geltman's recordings.
album, Departure (1992), won enthusiastic praise from
critics and fans alike. It was named on several critics' Top 10
lists--a rare feat for a cassette release--and thrust Laurie into
the local music spotlight. In the same year, her contribution ("Sway")
to the Rolling Stones tribute album Boston Gets Stoned
was consistently singled-out as a highlight. The songs were selected
by the Stone's producer Jimmy Miller.
began a new phase for the band with the addition of former Del Fuegos
and Big Dipper drummer Woody Giessmann and former Letters
to Cleo bassist Brian Karp. 1995 also saw the release of
a two-song 7" single ("Bobby Called From Texas"/"Paris")
to college and AAA stations nationwide. "Paris" was used
as one of the lead radio tracks on This Is Boston...Not Austin
Vol. 2, a CD compilation produced by Eastern Front Records and
Black Wolf Records. In 1996, The TAB voted Laurie's band
one of The Top 10 Best Unsigned Bands in Boston.
released her CD No Power Steering
in 1997 on her own label (RBP) to critical acclaim. Some of the
guests on No Power Steering include 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.
Records then re-released her CD nationally in 1998. 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. The band set out on two tours that year, playing
clubs, making in-store and radio appearances, and steadily building
their audience beyond the Northeast. Also in 1998, Geltman gained
more industry exposure by performing at the Nashville eXtravaganza,
Boston's Nemo and NYC's CMJ music conferences.
the right people hear No Power Steering by one of Boston's
best kept secrets, Laurie Geltman, we're confident that the perilous
jump from the fringes of obscurity to the national limelight will
be one of the easiest jumps Geltman will ever have to makeshe's
-CMJ New Music Report
1999, with her confidence as a band leader and electric guitarist
intact, Geltman rediscovered her power on the acoustic guitar while
touring and working on new songs for the next CD. Geltman embarked
on a successful solo tour of the West Coast and Alaska, opening
for more folk oriented performers like Catie Curtis, Cliff Eberhardt
and Cheryl Wheeler. Her song "Ghost in The House"
is included on the compilation Respond (Signature
Sounds) benefiting Respond, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated
to assisting victims of domestic violence. Respond
was named the number one album of 1999 by the editor-in-chief
of Billboard Magazine.
has shared the stage with such acts as Sarah McLachlan, Morphine,
Eric Burdon, Aimee Mann, Freedy Johnston, Joe Cocker, Emmylou Harris,
Patty Griffin, Marshall Crenshaw, Letters to Cleo, Mary Lou Lord,
Leon Russell, Jonatha Brooke, Derek Trucks Band, Amy Rigby, The
Push Stars, Chris Whitley, Rick Danko, Old 97's, Dan Zanes, Jen
Trynin, Susan Tedeschi, and many more.
Geltman's 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
Pictures (RBP) was recorded in 1999 at the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. The CD is enhanced with a six
minute film chronicling the night, also viewable on YouTube. The disc features a dozen guest
musicians including Jimmy Ryan (Catie Curtis), Jim Fitting (The The, Treat Her Right) and Mike Rivard (The Story).