(More Gems from Jerry Coming Soon)
JUST A MORTAL MAN
While guest musicians like Jim Lauderdale and The McCrary Sisters also make appearances on Just a Mortal Man, the album is about Jerry, singing with a sweet and smoky voice that’s only grown richer throughout his 71 years.
JERRY LAWSON & TALK OF THE TOWN
The CD features 20 stunning tracks (recorded on good ol’ warm analog) an hour of amazing music and a 20 page booklet of extensive liner notes including comments from Jerry and a special tribute to The Persuasions.
When Frank Zappa and his wife Gail heard The Persuasions singing over the phone they flew them to L.A and signed them to Frank’s label, Straight Records. This is their first album. It’s partly live and part studio recording. It’s raw & unpolished.
STREET CORNER SYMPHONY
Street Corner Symphony is an awesome a cappella release, a soaring assembly of songs that slide across the time-line, evoking the 1950s and the 1970s with equal ease, commercial R&B and the most devout gospel music, and even the commercial pop and singer/songwriter influences surrounding them (“Medley,” which includes “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” and “You’ve Got a Friend”). Their “Tempts Jam” will dazzle any Motown devotee, freely mixing the group’s songs in what is much more of a musical stew than a formal medley, and their version of “People Get Ready” is a fascinating “recomposition” of the Curtis Mayfield/Impressions classic.
FRANKLY A CAPPELLA – PERSUASIONS SING ZAPPA
In a work of absurdist inspiration worthy of its subject,
a cappella heroes the Persuasions offer up a surprisingly soulful collection of. . .that’s right, Frank Zappa, who inked them to their first album deal in 1969.
PERSUASIONS – LIVE AT MCCABE’S
19 wonderful songs! Five have never appeared on a Persuasions release before. Over 70 minutes of music and joy. Fold-out eco-wallet, photo spread, booklet. The Persuasions’ only live nightclub album.
LIVE IN THE WHISPERING GALLERY
Grand Central Station, built in 1913 is the largest train station in the world The “whispering gallery” is located on the Grand Central Terminal dining concourse The acoustics of the low ceramic arches can cause a whisper to sound like a shout!
The Persuasions beloved baritone, Herbert “Toubo” Rhoad passed away while on tour. Toubo was very shy but there was one song he enjoyed singing lead on. It was Ray Charles’ “You Don’t Know Me” But they never recorded Toubo singing it, so here we have Jerry singing it for him and in memory of him.
ON THE GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP
After more than three decades of spreading the gospel of
A Cappella, The Persuasions recorded their first album for children. Though it’s aimed primarily at the little ones, it’s hard not to enjoy it no matter your age.
PERSUASIONS OF THE DEAD- (Double Disk)
Here it is—the legendary Grateful Dead Persuasions sessions—back in print, remixed, remastered, with extra tracks! The Persuasions, giants of Brooklyn streetcorner a cappella and The Grateful Dead, together.
YOU’RE ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
Here it is 13 songs performed as only the Persuasions can. Sounding solemn, sassy and even bluesy at times. FYI- Track 4, “The Jesus Song” was written by Jerry.
TALK OF THE TOWN – SILENT NIGHT
This gentle, understated rendition would be a perfectly good candidate for “definitive.” Hear JL/TOTT sing “Silent Night,” and rediscover the loveliness of a too-familiar Christmas classic. Maybe it’s because…they mean it.