Lara Price Band

A Little Goes A Long Way… Price was born in the war torn country of Vietnam in 1975. Abandoned at birth Price became a part of the controversial Operation Baby Lift, the mass evacuation of orphans from South Vietnam to the United States. Her journey out of Vietnam to her new home quickly turned into a tragedy when the C-5 Galaxy airplane carrying the precious cargo crashed shortly after take off, killing half the occupants on board. Lara Price is a survivor. Price discovered the power of music at the tender age of 6, when she started taking piano lessons in England with legendary 80’s music innovator Howard Jones. At the age of 12 she found her singing voice. Price was influenced and encouraged by her junior high and high school choir teacher, Blake Olmstead. She continued her vocal studies operatically with Dr. Lynn Berg at BSU. She arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997 to pursue her dream of singing in a band. By 1998, Price began running her own blues jam at JJ’s Blues in San Jose, and was featured in an inspiring article about blues jams in the September issue of the Blues Revue Magazine. The journey of Lara’s blues band (The Lara Price Band) includes tours across the United States and China. It also includes five CD’s that Price has produced, co-written, and is featured playing drums, guitar, and back up vocals. Lara and her band have shared the bill with R&B legends, Etta James, James Brown, Buddy Guy, Leon Russell and many more. Like many full time musicians, Lara fronts and leads several musical projects: Lara Unplugged, an acoustic duo; Velvet Plum, a popular top 40’s party band, The Lara Price Band, a rootsy, rockin’ blues band and the Lara Price Blues Revue a fantastic 10 piece R&B show band. She’s an All American singer with a sultry stage presence and a voice that demands your attention- smoky, lonely, sexy, and powerful. It’s no wonder her music transcends the blues and crosses a line into music that is unequivocally superb. Lara Price Band with 22 year old phenomenon Laura Chavez on guitar; they sound, amazingly, like Janis Joplin backed by Albert Collins. I hope they don’t end up on the “Best Bands That Never Made It” list. © Brad Kava Based in the S F Bay area, Lara has quite a following. She can belt out a song, purr through a ballad, knock you out with her sensuality and make you want to get up and dance. Influenced by Susan Tedeschi and the vocals of Aretha Franklin, she is a strong blues personality. Her band is Grade A. Drummer Fred Raughtman and bassist Jack Cannon keep a solid bottom, spurring on the vocalist and guitarist while keyboards of Gary Goldsworthy fill out the sounds. Laura Chavez is an outstanding guitarist. Read about her here, under the "Lara’s Partner In Crime" article. Her playing is terrific on the standout track “Can’t Quit The Blues." "Faces of the Blues " is an excellent album, and it's worth listening to the band's "I Got News" album. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.