Bertrand Laurence

Bertrand Laurence

 Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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At home in big festivals, theaters or clubs, my driving "Leo Kottke meets Keb'Mo" guitar style scored instrumentals & songs on TV shows like "Prison Breaks". Nominated twice, I also sing in English & French, and tell hilarious"bold faced true stories" of survival as an illegal French alien artist.

Biography

Currently working on my 5 th CD, I have been nominated for Best Instrumentalist and best Blues Act 2010.
My fans are very diversified and have somehow always included children even without trying. My positive, playful improvisational attitude as well as maybe a somewhat short attention span are to be thanked for that. This chemistry leads to a flowing variety. You have the blues guitar guys on one side, the sensitive Folk listener on the other, those who just want to be entertained by fast and flashy guitar fireworks or enjoying a good, funny life story. Creating a unique moment, in concert with that particular audience lead often to trash the set list and improvise just to see in how much trouble I can get out of. People know and feel it right away, they want you to succeed and the energy of the moment is raised. This is what I coach in my community theater, how to truly be in concert: How do light up and audience? Turn yourself on!!!
I was always fascinated by the power of acoustic blues and folk . My dad's Blues and Woodstock LP's taught me that acoustic players can be as powerful as electric ones like Jimi Hendrix. It has to do with intent and articulation, more than volume. I aim to convey that electrifying communication through very thoughtfully crafted, pure, beautiful acoustic tone. -All folks do respond to the human touch (no pick), fluidity, conversation- like phrasing , weather at the Montreal Jazz, Boston Blues, Lafayette International Festivals, or Boston Folk festivals. Once all these elements are in place, we all are truly in concert. The stage is where I feel happiest, it shows and it is contagious.

Lyrics

Tous les Jours, J'ai des Bleus( Every day I have the Blues)

Written By: Bertrand Laurence

En dégringolant d' mon vélo
J'me casse le nez contre un poteau
Et j'me rétame dans l'caniveau
Toute en finesse
En essayant d' choper mes sous
qui roulent vers la bouche d'égout
J’ dérape et j’me déboite un genou
Tout en finesse
J’me mord la langue comme ça bêtement
Écrasant l’pied d monsieur l’ agent
Tout en finesse
Une camionnette me rent’dedans
Un vol plané dans les poubelles
Mon arrivée est ponctuelle
J’me gave une tombée d’eau d’ vaisselle
Tout en finesse
Chorus:
Tous les jours, Tous les Jours, J’ai des Bleus (2X)
Des verts et des bien mûrs
Pourquoi moi, j’ en suis pas sûr,
En pleine poire à la queue-leu-leu
Oui tous les jours, j’ai des bleus
J’éternue sur un rugbyman
Qui m’choppe a deux mains les organes
Et m’catapulte sur’l macadam toute en finesse
J’me prends une portière dans l’oreille
Le rétroviseur dans l’oeil
Et le chauffeur me colle une baigne
Tout en finesse
J’me réfugie sur un toit,
J’m’ endore en r’gardant les étoiles
Je me réveille dix mét’ plus bas
Tout en finesse
Etalé sur un étalage
J’ me fait coffrer pour chapardage
Avec en rime un matraquage
Tout en finesse
Chorus/Solo

En trébuchant sur un caniche
J’m éclate le front sur une corniche
Et le chien me laboure les miches
Tout en finesse
Sur le chemin de l’hôpital
Je glisse dans un soupirail
Et me fracture l’occipital
Tout en finesse
Je m’rétabli sur le trottoir
Un haut talon m’larde la mâchoire
Un coup d’sabot m’file un cocard
Tout en finesse
Je vois finalement mon toubib
J’admets contempler le suicide
I’m'dit “Mon cher, c’est la fatigue”
Tout en finesse
Chorus.
En dégringolant d' mon vélo
J'me casse le nez contre un poteau
Et j'me rétame dans l'caniveau
Toute en finesse
En essayant d' choper mes sous
qui roulent vers la bouche d'égout
J’ dérape et j’me déboite un genou
Tout en finesse
J’me mord la langue comme ça bêtement
Écrasant l’pied d monsieur l’ agent
Tout en finesse
Une camionnette me rent’dedans
Un vol plané dans les poubelles
Mon arrivée est ponctuelle
J’me gave une tombée d’eau d’ vaisselle
Tout en finesse
Chorus:
Tous les jours, Tous les Jours, J’ai des Bleus (2X)
Des verts et des bien mûrs
Pourquoi moi, j’ en suis pas sûr,
En pleine poire à la queue-leu-leu
Oui tous les jours, j’ai des bleus
J’éternue sur un rugbyman
Qui m’choppe a deux mains les organes
Et m’catapulte sur’l macadam toute en finesse
J’me prends une portière dans l’oreille
Le rétroviseur dans l’oeil
Et le chauffeur me colle une baigne
Tout en finesse
J’me réfugie sur un toit,
J’m’ endore en r’gardant les étoiles
Je me réveille dix mét’ plus bas
Tout en finesse
Etalé sur un étalage
J’ me fait coffrer pour chapardage
Avec en rime un matraquage
Tout en finesse
Chorus/Solo

En trébuchant sur un caniche
J’m éclate le front sur une corniche
Et le chien me laboure les miches
Tout en finesse
Sur le chemin de l’hôpital
Je glisse dans un soupirail
Et me fracture l’occipital
Tout en finesse
Je m’rétabli sur le trottoir
Un haut talon m’larde la mâchoire
Un coup d’sabot m’file un cocard
Tout en finesse
Je vois finalement mon toubib
J’admets contempler le suicide
I’m'dit “Mon cher, c’est la fatigue”
Tout en finesse
Chorus.

Great Big Brains

Written By: Turner/Laurence

Man started out stupid and naked
Eating Bushes for food, it just did n't make it
Now after millions of years, just look where we are
Evolutionarily speaking, we’re the stars

We got great big brains
We got great big head for carrying case
We got great big brains
They got us out of the trees and into Outer space
Gave us disposable diapers, plastic knives
Hole in the Ozone and Barney merchandize
We got Great Big Brains
We get big ideas with our great big brains

We invented Religion, just to keep the riff-raff down
The Alphabet too, so we can write our sophisticated sounds
We bred the cow so we can eat our steaks,
Dominated women so they would bake our cakes
We gor edible panties, Inflatable shoes
We ‘ll never run out of a good excuse
For our Great Big Brains
The’re much better than the monkey that swings in the tree
They re much better than the dolphin’s who swims in the sea
The whale’ s is bigger, but she’s still dumb
Coz talk is cheap with no opposable thumb
We got Great Big Brains
No mammals can touch us with our Great Big Brains

Who called it the animal kingdom?
Don’t you know we’re the kings of the crop?
And God help anything that gets in our way
There’s no telling where we’ll stop
SOLO
We used to make war with only pointed sticks and rocks
Now we got nookoolar weapons
Now we got the problem knocked
We can cull the herd more efficiently
Give the gift that keeps on giving radio actively
So we poison the planet, So what do we care
We’ll find another planet somewhere out there
With our Great Big Brains
They give us power and money to screw that we like
We get to brag about our brilliance on the satellite
They give us re-runs of Lassie, national debt
Think of the wonderful things we have n’t thought about yet
With our Great Big Brains
We’re the next thing to God with our Great Big Brains
Move over Jehovah for our
Great Big Brains.

Instrumental

Written By: Bertrand Laurence

Great Big Brains

Written by: Turner/Laurence

Man started out stupid and naked
Eating Bushes for food, it just did n't make it
Now after millions of years, just look where we are
Evolutionarily speaking, we're the stars

We got great big brains
We got great big head for carrying case
We got great big brains
They got us out of the trees and into Outer space
Gave us disposable diapers, plastic knives
Hole in the Ozone and Barney merchandize
We got Great Big Brains
We get big ideas with our great big brains

We invented Religion, just to keep the riff-raff down
The Alphabet too, so we can write our sophisticated sounds
We bred the cow so we can eat our steaks,
Dominated women so they would bake our cakes
We gor edible panties, Inflatable shoes
We 'll never run out of a good excuse
For our Great Big Brains
The're much better than the monkey that swings in the tree
They re much better than the dolphin's who swims in the sea
The whale' s is bigger, but she's still dumb
Coz talk is cheap with no opposable thumb
We got Great Big Brains
No mammals can touch us with our Great Big Brains

Who called it the animal kingdom?
Don't you know we're the kings of the crop?
And God help anything that gets in our way
There's no telling where we'll stop
SOLO
We used to make war with only pointed sticks and rocks
Now we got nookoolar weapons
Now we got the problem knocked
We can cull the herd more efficiently
Give the gift that keeps on giving radio actively
So we poison the planet, So what do we care
We'll find another planet somewhere out there
With our Great Big Brains
They give us power and money to screw that we like
We get to brag about our brilliance on the satellite
They give us re-runs of Lassie, national debt
Think of the wonderful things we have n't thought about yet
With our Great Big Brains
We're the next thing to God with our Great Big Brains
Move over Jehovah for our
Great Big Brains.

Discography

"Lafayette" (2011 expected)
"6&12 String Guitar Music" (2009)
"La Vie en Bleu" (2002)
"Mechanical Snake Blues" (1999)
"The Jellyrollers live!: Blues with a Filling" (2003)

Set List

Bertrand has a significant original and cover repertoire in a range of styles. Contact Bertrand to discuss performance possibilities (festival, concert, club, private event, wedding, etc.)

Sets can range from one 30 minute set to 3 x 45mn sets i

A typical 60-90 minute concert set may include songs from the following styles:

Swing, Blues, Folk, French Pop, French Musette - original songs and covers.

Covers may include Jazz and Blues (ex. Mose Allison, Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie,), US Folk standards (ex. Paxton, Guthrie, in Engl. or French !), and French songs (ex. Leo Ferre, Nino Ferrer, Henri Salvadore)
Some of these French Songs are US influenced and the Blues/Jazz/RnB tinge make these, like Music from Louisiana, instantly familiar to my US audience.