Love Laura & the Bomb
A Mood of Tradition and Imagery - Where has traditional American music gone? Is it lost in the noise and mainstreams of talentless icons? Are the moods of snowy mountains, railroad tracks, people on American Main Streets drinking coffee in a diner looking out a window, deep in thought or, a quiet walk through a snowy path in a Northeast forest, remembering a past love, disappearing from the music of today? The soulful themes have a refreshing renaissance upon hearing "Love, Laura and the Bomb", the new album from Luke Mitchem. After listening to the masterpiece several times, historic emotions have re-surfaced in me laced with the imagery of winter, love, love lost and any town America. Fiddles swell behind up-beat acoustic guitar and smiling lyrics like; "I was born in a house down on Main Street and 'till this day, that's where my daddy sleeps!". Haunting songs with solemn moods like "...love...", which starts out with the sound of a man walking through snow, and "Weeping Willow Tree", which traces the memory of a loss lost tragically, are beautifully intertwined on Luke's third album release in the past 18 months. The musical arrangements include a variety of harmonicas, pianos, guitars, violins, cellos, drums and Luke's trademark male/female harmonies throughout the album. Folk singers, new and old, would be proud of this artists' expanding musical vision. In short, the album is a 'must have' for those willing to truly listen to memories and images in shades of; silent hills, winter railroads, the sea and lost loves.