Mike Lawson & Friends - Evidence Concerning Apparitions
In a career that has spanned over two decades, singer/songwriter Mike Lawson has developed a cult following while performing with members of legendary acts like Jefferson Airplane, Fleetwood Mac, and The Grateful Dead just to name a few. His new album shows the wisdom he has accumulated over the years. Examining everything from science and religion to spirituality and mortality, Mike and his distinguished guests have created a collection of classic covers and originals that feels both vintage and vital to the modern world.
The first original song on the album is the rambling bluegrass inspired ‘Breaking Down.’ Mike’s forlorn voice is clearly more than a little indebted to Jerry Garcia, but his gift for storytelling is distinctly individual. A furious fiddle solo from Mike Cleveland highlights this tragic tale of lost love.
Mike shows a little more levity on the piano led blues number ‘A Beautiful Harmony.’ “Hey, wow, we got the here and now, it’s a beautiful harmony,” he sings, as if determined to find reason for celebration despite the catastrophic state of the world.
The artists Mike chooses to cover offer a hint at the origins of his eclectic sound. Songs by under appreciated cosmic country pioneers like Michael Nesmith and Lee Hazelwood sit side by side with household names like ‘The Thrill is Gone’ and ‘Wild Horses. That’s Mike Lawson in a nutshell. Cryptic and poetic while still retaining undeniable pop sensibilities.
‘Evidence Concerning Apparitions’ certainly isn’t the type of record that will be topping the Billboard charts anytime soon, but it may very well introduce a certain type of open minded fan to their new favorite artist. As proven by the closing nine minute opus ‘Like a Road Leading Home,’ Mike Lawson & Friends are capable of blending every element of American music into an awe inspiring sound.