From the mid-sixties to the early-seventies, something magical took place in Southern California...and it all happened in a bucolic stretch of hills, just above the Sunset Strip, called Laurel Canyon. Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, The Eagles, and Crosby, Stills & Nash, to name just a few, all lived, loved, created, and collaborated there. Lauren Fox tells the story of this epic time in American music history, and sings the songs that it inspired.
Jon Weber - Piano/Musical Director
Peter Calo - Guitar
Ritt Henn - Bass
Lauren Fox was born and raised in New York City. She has been featured in several
films, including Pi, Noon Blue Apples, Revolution Summer, and We Need To Talk About Kevin, and on TV in New Amsterdam and Fringe. Her New York theater credits include: Hillbilly Women, and GO-SEE, ArcLight Theater, and Heathens,Theater For A New City. Lauren's last show, "Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen," ran last Spring with sold out shows, received critical acclaim, and will soon be available as a live CD. Lauren is the 2012 recipient of the MAC and Bistro Award for Debut Artist.
"...a second-generation “lady of the canyon” in thrall to ’70s Los Angeles singer-songwriters."
-Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"In “Canyon Folkies” Ms. Fox doesn’t just sing the music of Ms. Mitchell; Jackson Browne; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Carole King; and others. With her long, straight hair and full-length dress, and her theatrical know-how, she embodies it physically and spiritually. She knows more about the period than most people who lived through it. When they watch Ms. Fox, they may be shocked to realize that the history conjured by a performer half their age occurred 40 years ago."
-Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"What is most notable to me about the show was how clear and authentic the songs seemed. It’s a testimony to Lauren Fox’s gift and her deep affinity to this time and place that she channeled the music in such a way that we hear it as if for the first time. As you know, with music this familiar that is no small accomplishment.
This music belongs in a cabaret now, and Lauren Fox proves it. Through her we hear the lyrics and the soul of that time—gone–but we could use that brand of fairy dust now. I promise."
-Susan Hasho, Times Square Chronicles
"Lauren Fox is far too young to remember this era's music first-hand, but she clearly has absorbed and internalized it to an astonishing degree. Her current show, which carries the titillating subtitle "Over the Hills and Under the Covers," celebrates the Canyon's "collaborations on songs and in bed," as she puts it. Her patter neatly places the music and its makers in historical context and illuminates them for modern audiences. Fox's selection of songs is flawless and the order in her show seamless."
-Robert Windeler, Bistro Awards
"The show probably reached its peak 11 songs in when Fox delivered a positively ethereal and transcendent version of Mitchell's "Woodstock” (which had been one of the highlights of the first night of the October Cabaret Convention), during which Fox totally inhabited the Mitchell version and the songwriter's utopian vision of what's possible through "song and celebration." As fine as the rest of the set was, it seemed an anti-climax until mind-blowing time. With a faux psychedelic slide-show featuring pictures of Jim Morrison projected behind her, Fox and her band offered such a mesmerizing and electrifying "The End" (featuring an awesome Ritt Henn bass riff), I was digging through the nuts bowl on my table to see if they'd mixed in some acid tabs."
"Wearing a simple, long, sleeveless dress, her long hair down her back, Fox stood center stage, told tales of the writers’ often-intertwining comings and goings, and sang their material. Integral to the spirit of the evening were her sweetly throbbing voice and the rich, often intricate accompaniment of Musical Director Jon Weber on piano, Peter Calo on guitar and Ritt Henn on bass, as well as their joining the singer in fine four-part harmonies."