The only woman to make it to the Top 10 in the Blues Foundation's Best Self-Produced CD Contest in 2007, Laurie "Waddy" Mitchell is finally living her dream of bringing the old sounds of Beale St. and Bourbon St. back to the public. Her debut CD, OL'SOUL, has been embraced by radio stations across the country and both oceans. Blues Revue Mag. and Big City Blues Mag. have both written rave reviews on this CD. Waddy recently won Honorable Mention in the International Songwriting Contest in the blues category. Her love of Besse Smith brought her to the studio after years of performing for friends. Her voice doesn't match the face, and many can't believe she is the one on the CD but hearing is believing. Wm. Lee Ellis said she is the oldest soul he knows, hence the title. Waddy believes it is time for the old sound to come back, and she is doing her best to put it back in front of the public again.
Jim Dickinson / Tony Thomas - piano
Wm. Lee Ellis / Jack Holder - guitar & dobro
Tom Lonardo - drums
Jim Spake - clarinet
Sam Shoupe - bass
Lyn Jones - harp
OL' SOUL - released April 2006
Being played: WRFG - Atlanta, Hambone's Blues Rumshack - England, WWOZ - New Orleans, WRTB FM - Rockford,Il., WMRW - Vermont, WRBG - Delware, Radio Holstebro - Denmark, Sat. Night Blues Party - Stockton,Mo., Rootstime - Belgium, KPFT - Houston, WMPG - Portland,Ma., WEGR 103 - Memphis, WQOX 88.5 FM - Memphis, WEVL 89.9 FM - Memphis, STAR FM - Tasmania,Australia and radio in Japan
Empty Bed Blues
Send Me to the 'lectric Chair
How Long, How Long Blues
What 'cha Gonna Do?
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
See If I Care
Put A Sock In It
It's Been A Long, Long Time Blues
Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
Sets would be approximately 45 min.