Laura Boosinger - Music of the Southern Mountains
Dec 15, 2017
 Let Me Linger - What people are saying... 
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Bluegrass Music Profiles
To be quite frank, had I crossed this one in a sale bin, I might have passed it by. Then I finally popped it into the player. Wow! What a surprise. Laura Boosinger is an accomplished musician, having studied the music of Appalachia in general under David Holt. In particular, she studied the traditional music of western North Carolina with the Luke Smathers Band. Let Me Linger is dedicated to The Smathers. If you are holding out for "straight" bluegrass, this isn't it. But if you pass it by you'll be missing a treat. The music is solid. Backing Laura is some stellar talent such as Buddy Spicher, Bryan Sutton, Josh Goforth and Amanda Luther. The material ranges from traditional numbers like Sally Ann and Billy in the Lowground to some classic country songs including Together Again and I Love You So Much It Hurts. Label it what you want, it just doesn't get much better than this! BMP

Robert Steelman
Bluegrass Music Profiles

What Laura Has To Say
I am so excited about my new recording "Let Me Linger." It is a tribute to the Luke Smathers Band. For 13 years I was a member of the band, practicing every Sunday night in Bea's kitchen in Canton, NC. People used to think Bea's kitchen was a restaurant in Canton. I had to explain it was actually the Smathers home kitchen!! But we did have folks stop by from near and far on Sunday nights to hear a tune or dance a step or two. I was fortunate to have two other generations of local musicians join me on the recording. Bryan Sutton, from Candler, NC and Josh Goforth and Amanda Luther from Madison County, NC, all grew up going to The Shindig on the Green in Asheville, NC. They had many opportunities to sit in with Luke and the band and learn their style of "Mountain Swing." We also had the wonderful Buddy Spicher join us on fiddle for the swing numbers. He plays with the same feeling and creativity that Luke did. It was almost like having Luke in the studio with us. And of course Kenny Malone on percussion and Joey Miskulin playing accordion made us all dance our way through the sessions. "Let Me Linger," went on sale October 15th.

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Let Me Linger gets a four and a half (out of five)-star review in Country Music People (UK)
Claw-hammer banjo player/vocalist Laura Boosinger has a great many other virtues, one being her feel for old songs. The love she imparts, gently coercing the words, and her grasp of classic country, help make her an act who is both durable and fearless in the manner she tackles various genres (country, swing, traditional and show tunes) on this classy tribute to North Carolina's 1930s-formed Luke Smathers Band with whom she played between 1984-97.

Supported by ace pickers Buddy Spicher, Bryan Sutton, Josh Goforth, Kenny Malone, Amanda Luther, Joey Miskulin and producer Mark Howard, she draws comparisons to Kathy Chiavola, such is her professionalism and vocal range.

Impressing most on banjo romps Sally Ann and Cacklin Hen; western song, Texas Plain (a variation of I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart); swing favourites, Dinah and New Pan Handle Rag, plus one of the finest covers of Buck Owens' hit, Together Again, that I have ever heard, this is wonderful value.

Maurice Hope
Country Roots on WCQS
WOW! "Let Me Linger" can't even find words to describe how fantastic this recording is. The level of musicianship and singing are up there so high, you'll have to peel `em off the clouds just to listen to it.

Wayne Erbsen
host of "Country Roots"
Asheville, NC

This Old Porch on WNCW
The best recording Laura's ever done -- good old-time, good swing, good music!

Joe Cline
host of "This Old Porch"
Spindale, NC

Maverick Magazine (UK)
She may rightly be highly regarded for her "need-another-fix-of" vocal style and clawhammer banjo flair, but in this company, the stakes are raised to a level that brings her into the kind of circle where Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell and Jerry Douglas occasionally join hands....Check out this album and get set to have yourself a helluva time.

Loudon Temple
Maverick Magazine

Birthplace of Country Music Alliance
For thirteen years Laura performed with the Luke Smathers String Band, presenting Luke's special and unique blend of old-time music and 'mountain swing.'

Smoky Mountain News
Laura Boosinger was a student at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa in the late 1970s when she decided to take a banjo class for a college credit.

Little did she know the class would open her up to a whole new world of Appalachian music and performers — including her very own teacher, David Holt, now a Grammy Award-winning musician and storyteller. Soon, Boosinger was going around to folk festivals, and one of her favorite bands, the Luke Smathers Band from Canton, had a particularly catchy sound that intrigued her.

The family band took traditional fiddle tunes, pop tunes from the 1920s,’ “Big Band” favorites, and western swing from Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and rolled it into a new kind of musical genre they called “mountain swing.” Luke Smathers went on to become a N.C. Folk Heritage Award winner and a Folk Heritage Committee member helping to oversee local festivals like Asheville’s Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. By the mid-1980s, the Luke Smathers Band was looking for a banjo player, so Boosinger summoned up the nerve to ask about playing with them. They agreed, and a month later she found herself playing gigs with the band and rehearsing at the home of Luke Smathers in the kitchen — Bea’s Kitchen, as it was known, named after Luke’s wife, Bea.

Read entire article at Smoky Mountain News

Michael Beadle
Smoky Mountain News
WRUW FM 91.1 Cleveland
"Let Me Linger" -- a stunning new release from one of my favorite banjo pickin' girls. This album tastefully accomplishes the feat of stretching musical boundaries while still remaining deeply rooted in tradition. The musicianship is outstanding, and Laura's vocals are a highlight. Highly, highly recommended. I'll be playing this album for a long time to come.

Monica Ionescu
DreamBoat Radio
WRUW FM 91.1 Cleveland

Carol and Jerry
We give it !

Carol and Jerry Sutton
(Bryan's Mom and Dad)
WUMB Radio
“Let Me Linger” is wonderful. It so beautifully produced and the players are hot.

Dick Pleasants
WUMB Radio
UMass Boston, MA

Loyal Jones
Let Me Linger is a wonderful CD. I appreciate [a great deal] that [Laura] did this in memory of Luke Smathers and his band. It has wonderful variety. It demonstrates that Appalachian Music was and is far more varied [than many] people think.

Loyal Jones
Scholar of Appalachian Studies
Berea, KY
     Tip of the Iceberg Report
          November 14, 2005


WRUW-FM - Top 35 - - November 14, 2005

1. Cat Power
      The Greatest [Matador]
2. Etta Baker
      Mrs. Etta Baker, Family And Friends [Empire Musicwerks]
3. East River Pipe
      What Are You On? [Merge]
4. Dion
      Bronx In Blue [Dimensional Music]
5. Moacir Santos
      Choros & Alegria [Adventure Music]
6. Laura Boosinger
      Let Me Linger [Laura's Label]

KPOV, Oregon
What I find most unique and pleasing in [Laura's] music is [her] ability to transform the clawhammer banjo from a rhythmic, driving, somewhat raucous instrument into a sweetly romantic compliment to [her] equally sweet singing. When I first heard [Laura] at the American Banjo Camp, I could hardly believe my ears! My initial reaction was: WHO is this woman and why haven't I heard of her before? I have been playing clawhammer banjo for almost 50 years now, and I am in the tradition of Grandpa Jones, Uncle Dave Macon and LeRoy Troy, so [Laura Boosinger has] opened a whole new universe!

Dick Cahall
Bend, Oregon


Boosinger CD honors mentor Luke Smathers

Times were hard in Haywood County in the 1920s.

Luke Smathers and his brothers, Harold and Charles Smathers, worked long hours on the family farm. For entertainment, they hooked a car battery up to a radio to hear the sounds of the outside world. It wasn't long before they ordered instruments from the Sears Roebuck catalogue and began a lifelong love affair with music. Luke Smathers went on to become one of North Carolina's finest fiddlers and the Luke Smathers Band played in some form, on and off, for 70 years.

Read the entire article at Citizen-Times

By Carol Mallett-Rifkin
published: November 25, 2005 6:00 am