Brenda Nelson-Strauss of Black Grooves wrote ” Featuring a mix of classic and contemporary songs, Just a Mortal Man has broad appeal, effortlessly crossing genres but with a definite Nashville sound. The album is a fine showcase for Lawson’s vocal abilities, which after 40 years are still above and beyond the range of most mortal men” Full Review Here
The Jerry Lawson Legacy project explores the history of Jerry Lawson and the legendary Persuasions in chronological order as explained in candid biographical commentary by Jerry and special guest host and Persuasions aficionado Julie Lawson. It is being produced by Lawson Productions and Drew Verbis. Jerry is being recorded and filmed going through his entire catalog chronologically. That’s 25 plus albums and individual projects including collaborations with other artists. Drew also created and hosts Blues America and the Lawsons have given Drew exclusive broadcasting rights. We hope you will take a moment and like Drew’s Facebook page and leave a comment. Jerry and Drew would enjoy hearing from you.
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Sam Gazdziak of Country Universe wrote ” The album is a soul record, though there are more than enough elements to make it fit comfortably in the country music world, or at least within the endearingly fuzzy borders of Americana. Just a Mortal Man is one of the year’s best releases. On a quieter song like Paul Simon’s “Peace Like a River” Lawson’s voice dips down to a murmur, adding vocal nuances to the lyrics the way a master painter works a canvas.
full review here
Host John Semper Jr. of Experience Talks speaks with Jerry: You Can Listen Here John is an Emmy-nominated writer, story-editor, and producer with thirty years of experience in the entertainment industry, focusing primarily on animation and children’s television. His many credits include producer/story editor/writer of the Fox animated TV series, “Spider-Man,” and the PBS animated pre-school series, “Jay Jay the Jet Plane;” writer of the English language scripts for the Hayao Miyazaki feature films, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Laputa: Castle in the Sky;” and writer of the Warner Bros. live-action feature film, “Class Act.”
“Just a Mortal Man is a master class in basic human emotions in all their complexity and inscrutability. With The Persuasions, Jerry Lawson made many great recordings, but Just a Mortal Man is his finest hour… a great stylist with an infallible instinct for the essence of every song he sings.” – David McGee, Deep Roots Magazine.
“This collection of tunes serves notice that Jerry Lawson deserves mention in any conversation about great singers in American history.”
Dave Stallard did a Q&A with Jerry this month – read the full thing here.
The Tennessean published photos from Jerry’s CD Release show at Nashville’s Station Inn on June 5th 2015. Click here to view the gallery.
Jesse interviews Jerry about his tribute CD to Frank Zappa titled Frankly A Cappella The Persuasions Sing Zappa– Listen Here
The reviews are rolling in – here are a few of our favorites. Click to visit the publication/read more!
A note from Jerry about the song: “It’s rockin’! ‘Never Been to Memphis’ is my first country song with a band. I really get a kick out of it. I love the energy of it. I love the story it tells and I can’t wait to perform it live and see the audience reaction. Alan Brace really put his heart into writing it and I hope my delivery gives it the feeling Alan intended.”