Lauren Sheehan and band mates bring down-home country blues uptown, mixing old blues, early jazz and roots of country for a bluesbilly-good-time sound. Dubbed "Portland String Queen" by The Oregonian for her multi-instrumental prowess, Lauren is also known for her unforgettable voice and sings like "an angel with horns”, (Charlie Rowley, fan).
This electric band is typically a trio or quartet, led by Lauren, Great Auntie Lo, with her 1956 Gibson ES-175 guitar. Current members include Ronnie Ontiveros on bass, ( Hapa Hillbillies, Bonneville Power Trio, Big Ron and Medium Ben), and Fred Ingrams on percussion, (of Jamie Leopold and the Short Stories, The Sportin’ Lifers and numerous blues, jazz and other bands).
Rotating band members include Steve Cleveland, keys and bellows, Bill Uhlig, bass, Johnnie Ward, harmonica and other regional favorites.
Lauren tours, teaches at Pacific University, and has recorded 5 CDs played on radio world-wide, including BBC, NPR, and BBKing’s Bluesville. Her music has been catalogued in the Library of Congress, and was recently included on “Sweet Bitter Blues” a compilation CD celebrating living Piedmont blues musicians, produced by Phil Wiggins and Frank Matheis.
“Hugely talented ... wonderful set,” Blues in Britain Magazine