Laura Lamun will sing lead vocals for The Nude Blues Band at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The group provides a raw blues sound different from any project Lamun's done before, she said. She also sings with the Neil Young tribute band The Easy Peaces, seen here.

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Laura Lamun will sing lead vocals for The Nude Blues Band at 9 p.m. today at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The group provides a raw blues sound different from any project Lamun's done before, she said. She also sings with the Neil Young tribute band The Easy Peaces, seen here.

The Nude Blues Band promises raw emotion in 1st Steamboat show

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What: Little Laura and The Nude Blues Band, blues

When: 9 p.m. today

Where: Ghost Ranch Saloon, 56 Seventh St.

Cost: Free

Call: 879-9898

— There's no nudity involved in Little Laura and The Nude Blues Band's live show.

There is a stripped-down effect that comes from six musicians with decades of playing experience, letting all their guards down and playing raw, barebones blues music that bares its soul, said "Little" Laura Lamun, the band's lead singer.

The Nude Blues Band plays its first show at 9 p.m. today at the Ghost Ranch Saloon. Admission is free, and the set list covers classic blues hits, 1970s funk, danceable covers and original songs by Nude Blues Band founder Dave Allen, Lamun said.

"We play about any kind of blues you can think of. : It's really for dancing and shaking your booty to. That's the kind of blues we play - booty-shaking blues," she said.

With Lamun on lead vocals and Allen on harmonica and vocals, the Nude Blues Band is Neil Marchman on guitar; Tim Cunningham on bass; Ron Wheeler on drums; and Ed Dingledine on piano.

The band has rehearsed once or twice a week for the past seven months, nailing down blues vamps and grooves before its first show today. That long buildup has given the group enough material to fill a three-hour set, and a jump-start the band's members hope could transition into a regular gig, Lamun said.

"We want the people who used to love the blues in Steamboat to come out and show themselves so we can maybe make this a weekly event," she said.

Lamun sings backup vocals in the 1960s rock and Neil Young tribute band The Easy Peaces and has contributed her voice to local bluegrass bands and instrumental jazz Friday nights at Three Peaks Grill. She started performing at 5 years old, starting singing for money at 11, went to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has performed on and off ever since.

The Nude Blues Band will be the first project she's fronted in years, one Allen created partly to get her back into singing, Lamun said.

"It seems like I've always been trying to sing the blues. Even when I sing jazz it seems like this blues girl wants to come out. I've always had this bluesy edge. : I've always wanted to let my blues out," she said.

The Nude Blues Band gives Lamun and the rest of its musicians a chance to let that emotion go, she said.

"It's definitely taking some of the best musicians in town and giving them a chance to shine," Lamun said.

"Everyone's getting a chance to shine in a way that people haven't been able to see in town. : What comes out of these guys on stage is going to be a raw emotion."

- To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204 or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com

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