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In Haitian Creole “Soule Monde” translates to “smashed world,” but the two-man band that goes by that name is virtually the definition of cohesion. With experience dating back to the Burlington Vermont music scene of the late Seventies, continuing on to the forward-thinking trio Vorcza and then into ongoing participation with The Trey Anastasio Band, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski and drummer Russ Lawton have honed some chops that are almost as distinctive in the company of others as they on their own. Hearing these two complementary talents exchange ideas on their own is a special pleasure indeed though, their shared ingenuity as readily-discernible on stage as in the studio, the fruits of their latest efforts there now in your hands. In keeping with its predecessors—the eponymous debut, Must Be Nice, the Smashed World EP and 2020’s memorable outing with savvy guitarist Scott Metzger—it is a remarkably fluent mix of rhythm and melody. Fluid as it is funky, no wonder Mimi Digs It!?! – Doug Collette
I'm excited to announce a website refresh at RussLawton.com. I hope you enjoy the new design and some of the new features, and thanks for stopping by. Check out my music, my pictures or hit me up if you're interested in a drum lesson. And perhaps most exciting is that I have a new release with my band, Soule Monde - and I am starting to play live shows again. If you want to come out and hear me play live, check out my new gigs page. Hope to see you out there soon.