The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 2, 2014

This band just wants to have fun


— MIFFLINBURG — On Saturday, May 3, the Elias Center for the Performing Arts in Mifflinburg will present a concert by Lawson and Disorder, the trio comprised of Larry Lawson, Joe DeCristopher, and Carl Kirby, joined for this special occasion by master drummer Steve Mitchell.

Lawson on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, DeCristopher on lead guitar and harmonies, and Kirby on upright bass and harmonies combine their considerable talents with a very clear purpose: delivering excellent songs that plumb the rich depths of human experience.

Their concert repertoire is built around Lawson’s exquisitely crafted original songs, which are alternately poignant, whimsical, or just plain fun. To their absolute delight, the trio will be joined for their Elias debut by drummer nonpareil Steve Mitchell, whose inexhaustible talent and good humor are admired and treasured from coast to coast.

Lawson fronts Lawson and Disorder with his rich and vibrant baritone and distinctive rhythm guitar work.  Guitar virtuoso DeCristopher, the polished veteran of musical configurations too numerous to mention, plays with incredible versatility, bringing the perfect musical colors to the full range of Lawson and Disorder’s tunes, from swing to folk to jazz to country. Kirby, a superbly talented multi-instrumentalist who handles many musical genres and instruments with ease, guides Lawson and Disorder’s journey through a variety of American musical styles with his light and nimble touch on the upright bass. Drummer Mitchell brings the deft and subtle rhythmic grooves that perfectly augment every song.

Lawson and Disorder’s Elias debut concert will feature many of the tunes from their recently released CD “Too Old to Start at the Bottom,” an equal number of newer original tunes, and a few carefully selected and lovingly performed covers.  When pressed to describe their music, Lawson puts it this way, “Basically we do two kinds of music:  sophisticated music for down-home folk and down-home music for sophisticated people. Mostly, we just have fun.”