Reviews:  Go Ahead, Try Love and The Laws
Try Love Review, Penguin Eggs (Canada’s Folk Roots Magazine)
There’s a contrary streak running inside many a music critic that when presented with performers who seem to be happily married, are tall, blonde and attractive, we want to find a flaw and not have them be talented as well. 
Fortunately or unfortunately, where The Laws are concerned, we’re out of luck with that assessment. This critic realized that long ago, seeing them at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and reviewing an early CD, Two. Several years and four CDs later, it’s even more obvious. Possessed of the kind of golden harmonies that the Everly Brothers had, this duo are also formidable songwriters and with the added musicianship and fine production supplied by their old friend, J.P. Cormier, this disc is likely to prove their most popular yet. 
The title track has the potential to attract singles attention, as do several other songs on the disc: I Believe in You, Walking Away, Rebel Cowboy Dream, Who’s Keeping Score; hell, there’s hardly a track on the disc that doesn’t have hit written on it. They’re only likely to get bigger and bigger from here on, so you may as well jump on the ride now, and say you knew them when.  
– By Barry Hammond

“The Laws are a law onto themselves. They’re arguably the most successful folk duo since Ian & Sylvia, certainly the hottest and the tallest, have been at it together for ten years and have a DIY work ethic that should be taught in business college.No agents, no managers, hired PR on a per event basis adds up to more money for The Laws, which in turn allows them to do their own thing in their own time.
  
Musically, the album’s a mix of countrified ballads and what The Laws call their ’grassy folk”, songs having an overlay which references bluegrass music. The tunes are written around John’s acoustic guitar and Michele’s electric bass and they always leave lots of room for collaborating with others. In this case, main contributor is producer Cormier, showing up on banjo, mandolin, keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar and harmonies.It’s a sound more about folk and roots Americana than current trends in country music, which works to set them apart just enough. Notable exception here is the sole cover, Gordon Lightfoot’s “Wherefore and Why.” upon which they drop the full bluegrass hammer for a rollicking, smile-inducing workout.
 
The vintage feel’s also all over their bourbon and honey harmonies, oddly reminiscent of The Everly Brothers.“ The songs took a couple of years to write and we were able to go from recording to master in four days. As to which ones made it to the album, we went in with a bunch of tunes, sat down and played them acoustically for (Producer) J.P. Cormier and let him pick which ones went on. Apart from four or five we had to have, it was all up to him”.
”  Cashbox Canada
“The couple’s classic folk sound, highlighted by their euphonic vocal harmonies, will be a sonic balm to anyone who longs for a return to simpler, more direct music making.”  Vintage Guitar 

“Hard to listen to The Laws without comparing them favorably to the first great Canadian husband-wife country-folk-rock duo, Ian & Sylvia. John and Michele Law are not yet in that territory, but they’re saying something, and they’re getting close. Pay attention now.” David McGee, The Bluegrass Special
“Among the slow influx of real-life-couple duos in country music, the Canada-based duo The Laws easily distinguishes itself, borrowing more from folk and Americana styles than from modern country. Comprised of John Law and wife Michele, the couple revels in a spirited and at times bluegrass-influenced sound. The title track is a soul-flavored mid-tempo rocker bolstered by John’s hearty vocals. Michele’s voice, in contrast, is soft and serene, often recalling Rhonda Vincent on tunes such as “Wherefore and Why.” Together their voices evoke a silk-and-sandpaper quality and their superb harmonies at times elicits those of The Everly Brothers throughout the disc they maintain a sunny outlook on the subject of love on songs including “Love Again,” “I Believe in You” and “With My Heart.” 
Country Weekly

“This CD features the man and wife team (John and Michele Law) using all the accoutrements of bluegrass, harmonies, banjo and dobro. ‘I believe in You’ is a pleasant song with nice harmonies and beat. The sentiment gets sung various ways and this is theirs “I believe in love, I believe in music…”  ‘Love Again’ shows Michele’s pleasant voice. I like the straightforward approach—she doesn’t seem to have been schooled in the repetitive Nashville inflection.”
Victory Review – Acoustic Music Magazine

“While clearly having some bluegrass influences, The Laws’ “Try Love” is predominately an inspired acoustic folk-grass collection of well-written originals that show why this harmonious duo is building a legion of fans.”
Roots Music Report

“This album really is a great example of how much variation in tone you can achieve with just the simplest elements. Michele has a gorgeous voice with qualities very similar to Alison Krauss's  singing;  quite strong enough to carry a whole album, I'm sure, but then you'd miss out on the very wonderful harmonies that she achieves with husband John. Sometimes, when they're singing the same part, their voices are meshed so closely that it's hard to hear them as separate voices. Variety is the name of the game, however, and there are other moments quite as beautiful where they're singing contrasting, but harmonizing, parts, their voices soaring together to a different plane.”
Flying Shoes Review
 
“…The Laws offer that kind of stripped down approach to country, and they show why that’s all you need. So, take a well written love song, (check), add a wonderfully emotive female singer who doesn’t need to overdo it, (check), and then you don’t need much more than an acoustic guitar and maybe a bass part. The second guitar playing the beautiful Spanish guitar solos on Walking Away is a delightful bonus…Overall, this is what country music should sound like. You shouldn’t have to do more than this to make it work.” Oliva Di Place Blog

“ .. duo’s close-harmony singing, a deeply affecting blend that harks backs to the impeccable like of the Davis Sisters and Delmore Brothers...”   Bill Friskecs-Warren, The Tennessean, Nashville, TN
 “ …. recalls The Everly Brothers in their prime. Yes, the harmonies really are that good.” Robert Oermann, Music Row Magazine, Nashville, TN
"The Laws are one of the strongest concert acts in Canada. Flawless harmonies, sensational musicianship and exceptional audience rapport are all hallmarks of their live performances. Their songwriting skills are second to none. I have had the pleasure of presenting The Laws on many occasions secure in the knowledge they will deliver an outstanding show. " Bob Bale, Affinity Concerts, Sudbury, Ontario
"John and Michele Law, known for their rich harmonies and original songwriting, delighted the crowd at the Downtown Arts Centre with a blend of folk, bluegrass and acoustic country. They truly left the audience begging for more than their opening set would allow. People were saying: "Wow you must bring them back as headliners for sure!!" It would seem to be a combination of love for each other, their outstanding songs and smiles that make them truly "Canadian Gems who leave you stunned by their jaw-dropping talent!' 
Jim Marino, Freewheelin Concerts, & Freewheeling Folk Show, 93.3 CFMU Hamilton, Ontario

"The Laws were sensational. One of the crowd favourites at the Festival and gave a refreshing new approach to Country/Bluegrass music." 
Keith Preston, Director Victor Harbor Folk Festival, Australia

"John and Michele Law's songs seem to be the lost essence of country music which has now become so commercial and formulaic sounding." Randy Bachman
"The Laws invaded Flint last Friday and conquered the hearts of every folk music fan there. An evening of great original music and stories ended all too soon, with folks saying "Man, you have to have them back!" Ron Woods, Flint Folk Music Society, Flint, Michigan
" With inspired lyrics and exquisite harmonies, they engaged our audience like we've never seen before ...  born to sing together. We are already being asked when we're having them back ... tomorrow if we could! " George & Melina Scott, Songwriters Showcase, Tottenham, Ontario

"What separates them from many is their ability to bring those lyrics, those harmonies and their instrumental prowess to life and to give their audience the intimate sense that they are in your living room. Have you ever been at a concert where it felt like you were the only one there? That the performers were leaving nothing for later? The entire audience leaving the show with a big smile and a spring in their step? The Laws are a delight- run, don't walk to their show, the next time they're in your town." Sean Pennylegion, Entertainment Committee, Haliburton County Folk Society, Haliburton, Ontario

Reviews:  Go Ahead, Try Love and The Laws

Try Love Review, Penguin Eggs (Canada’s Folk Roots Magazine)

There’s a contrary streak running inside many a music critic that when presented with performers who seem to be happily married, are tall, blonde and attractive, we want to find a flaw and not have them be talented as well. 

Fortunately or unfortunately, where The Laws are concerned, we’re out of luck with that assessment. This critic realized that long ago, seeing them at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and reviewing an early CD, Two. Several years and four CDs later, it’s even more obvious. Possessed of the kind of golden harmonies that the Everly Brothers had, this duo are also formidable songwriters and with the added musicianship and fine production supplied by their old friend, J.P. Cormier, this disc is likely to prove their most popular yet. 

The title track has the potential to attract singles attention, as do several other songs on the disc: I Believe in You, Walking Away, Rebel Cowboy Dream, Who’s Keeping Score; hell, there’s hardly a track on the disc that doesn’t have hit written on it. They’re only likely to get bigger and bigger from here on, so you may as well jump on the ride now, and say you knew them when.  

– By Barry Hammond


“The Laws are a law onto themselves. They’re arguably the most successful folk duo since Ian & Sylvia, certainly the hottest and the tallest, have been at it together for ten years and have a DIY work ethic that should be taught in business college.No agents, no managers, hired PR on a per event basis adds up to more money for The Laws, which in turn allows them to do their own thing in their own time.
  
Musically, the album’s a mix of countrified ballads and what The Laws call their ’grassy folk”, songs having an overlay which references bluegrass music. The tunes are written around John’s acoustic guitar and Michele’s electric bass and they always leave lots of room for collaborating with others. In this case, main contributor is producer Cormier, showing up on banjo, mandolin, keyboards, percussion, acoustic guitar and harmonies.It’s a sound more about folk and roots Americana than current trends in country music, which works to set them apart just enough. Notable exception here is the sole cover, Gordon Lightfoot’s “Wherefore and Why.” upon which they drop the full bluegrass hammer for a rollicking, smile-inducing workout.
 
The vintage feel’s also all over their bourbon and honey harmonies, oddly reminiscent of The Everly Brothers.“ The songs took a couple of years to write and we were able to go from recording to master in four days. As to which ones made it to the album, we went in with a bunch of tunes, sat down and played them acoustically for (Producer) J.P. Cormier and let him pick which ones went on. Apart from four or five we had to have, it was all up to him”.
”  Cashbox Canada

“The couple’s classic folk sound, highlighted by their euphonic vocal harmonies, will be a sonic balm to anyone who longs for a return to simpler, more direct music making.”  Vintage Guitar


Hard to listen to The Laws without comparing them favorably to the first great Canadian husband-wife country-folk-rock duo, Ian & Sylvia. John and Michele Law are not yet in that territory, but they’re saying something, and they’re getting close. Pay attention now.” David McGee, The Bluegrass Special

“Among the slow influx of real-life-couple duos in country music, the Canada-based duo The Laws easily distinguishes itself, borrowing more from folk and Americana styles than from modern country. Comprised of John Law and wife Michele, the couple revels in a spirited and at times bluegrass-influenced sound. The title track is a soul-flavored mid-tempo rocker bolstered by John’s hearty vocals. Michele’s voice, in contrast, is soft and serene, often recalling Rhonda Vincent on tunes such as “Wherefore and Why.” Together their voices evoke a silk-and-sandpaper quality and their superb harmonies at times elicits those of The Everly Brothers throughout the disc they maintain a sunny outlook on the subject of love on songs including “Love Again,” “I Believe in You” and “With My Heart.”

Country Weekly


“This CD features the man and wife team (John and Michele Law) using all the accoutrements of bluegrass, harmonies, banjo and dobro. ‘I believe in You’ is a pleasant song with nice harmonies and beat. The sentiment gets sung various ways and this is theirs “I believe in love, I believe in music…”  ‘Love Again’ shows Michele’s pleasant voice. I like the straightforward approach—she doesn’t seem to have been schooled in the repetitive Nashville inflection.”

Victory Review – Acoustic Music Magazine


“While clearly having some bluegrass influences, The Laws’ “Try Love” is predominately an inspired acoustic folk-grass collection of well-written originals that show why this harmonious duo is building a legion of fans.”

Roots Music Report


“This album really is a great example of how much variation in tone you can achieve with just the simplest elements. Michele has a gorgeous voice with qualities very similar to Alison Krauss's  singing;  quite strong enough to carry a whole album, I'm sure, but then you'd miss out on the very wonderful harmonies that she achieves with husband John. Sometimes, when they're singing the same part, their voices are meshed so closely that it's hard to hear them as separate voices. Variety is the name of the game, however, and there are other moments quite as beautiful where they're singing contrasting, but harmonizing, parts, their voices soaring together to a different plane.”

Flying Shoes Review

 

“…The Laws offer that kind of stripped down approach to country, and they show why that’s all you need. So, take a well written love song, (check), add a wonderfully emotive female singer who doesn’t need to overdo it, (check), and then you don’t need much more than an acoustic guitar and maybe a bass part. The second guitar playing the beautiful Spanish guitar solos on Walking Away is a delightful bonus…Overall, this is what country music should sound like. You shouldn’t have to do more than this to make it work.” Oliva Di Place Blog


“ .. duo’s close-harmony singing, a deeply affecting blend that harks backs to the impeccable like of the Davis Sisters and Delmore Brothers...”   Bill Friskecs-Warren, The Tennessean, Nashville, TN

 “ …. recalls The Everly Brothers in their prime. Yes, the harmonies really are that good.” Robert Oermann, Music Row Magazine, Nashville, TN

"The Laws are one of the strongest concert acts in Canada. Flawless harmonies, sensational musicianship and exceptional audience rapport are all hallmarks of their live performances. Their songwriting skills are second to none. I have had the pleasure of presenting The Laws on many occasions secure in the knowledge they will deliver an outstanding show. " Bob Bale, Affinity Concerts, Sudbury, Ontario

"John and Michele Law, known for their rich harmonies and original songwriting, delighted the crowd at the Downtown Arts Centre with a blend of folk, bluegrass and acoustic country. They truly left the audience begging for more than their opening set would allow. People were saying: "Wow you must bring them back as headliners for sure!!" It would seem to be a combination of love for each other, their outstanding songs and smiles that make them truly "Canadian Gems who leave you stunned by their jaw-dropping talent!'

Jim Marino, Freewheelin Concerts, & Freewheeling Folk Show, 93.3 CFMU Hamilton, Ontario


"The Laws were sensational. One of the crowd favourites at the Festival and gave a refreshing new approach to Country/Bluegrass music."

Keith Preston, Director Victor Harbor Folk Festival, Australia


"John and Michele Law's songs seem to be the lost essence of country music which has now become so commercial and formulaic sounding." Randy Bachman

"The Laws invaded Flint last Friday and conquered the hearts of every folk music fan there. An evening of great original music and stories ended all too soon, with folks saying "Man, you have to have them back!" Ron Woods, Flint Folk Music Society, Flint, Michigan

" With inspired lyrics and exquisite harmonies, they engaged our audience like we've never seen before ...  born to sing together. We are already being asked when we're having them back ... tomorrow if we could! " George & Melina Scott, Songwriters Showcase, Tottenham, Ontario

"What separates them from many is their ability to bring those lyrics, those harmonies and their instrumental prowess to life and to give their audience the intimate sense that they are in your living room. Have you ever been at a concert where it felt like you were the only one there? That the performers were leaving nothing for later? The entire audience leaving the show with a big smile and a spring in their step? The Laws are a delight- run, don't walk to their show, the next time they're in your town." Sean Pennylegion, Entertainment Committee, Haliburton County Folk Society, Haliburton, Ontario

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