Outlier Profile - Laurie Dutchen

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Laurie Dutchen
Laurie, one of the founding members of the The Outliers, provides a sweet dimension to the band. She is a songbird with a phenomenal voice! Beyond rhythm guitar, lead guitar and her outstanding lead and harmony vocals, Laurie is responsible for developing the hallmark Outlier vocal sound. She has one of the best "natural ears" you'll find, and her ability to arrange vocal harmonies makes her a critical member of the band. Laurie lives on Long Island and spends her days as a high school teacher (math and computers) and Web Master for the school district's web site.
Laurie Dutchen
Blues Name
Babe Dupree
Primary Instrument
Other instruments you can play
I almost wrote something here, but then I saw the next question and thought better of it
Other instruments you've ever played, but would be afraid to pick up today
Ukelele, piano, violin
Your gear
Ibanez IPF10CT Acoustic/Electric, Fender Princeton 65, Farberware pots and wooden spoons
Top 5 Most Important Musical Influences:
#1 Gordon Lightfoot (the first LP I ever bought - learned the melodies, chord progressions, finger picking techniques)
#2 Carole King (lyrics, and oh, those major 7 and minor 7 chords)
#3 Glen Campbell (corny, but I grew up listening to his recordings and his songs were the first ones I learned to play)
#4 CSNY (complex harmonies)
#5 The Carpenters (sweet harmonies, interesting chord progressions)
Age began playing music
I picked up my first instrument at age 6, thanks to a guitar-playing second grade teacher and a ukelele-wielding Hawaiian!
Most thrilling personal musical experience
January 19, 1997 - After performing at the IMAC in Huntington at the Elvis Presley Tribute, the people backstage told us how we brought the house down when we (The Log-A-Rhythms) hit our first harmony note
Favorite musical artist
My favorites are eclectic and change according to my mood, which probably won't surprise anyone who knows me… They include Fiona Apple, Matthew Good, Gordon Lightfoot, Coldplay, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, CSNY, America, Cat Stevens, Murray Head, Alanis Morrissette, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and an up-and-coming band from Dix Hills called Stage
Musical genre you identify with the most
Acoustic rock
Your all-time favorite album (your 'desert island disc')
Gordon Lightfoot - Shadows
Favorite guitar player
Lindsey Buckingham
Favorite bass player
I've yet to hear someone better than David!
Favorite singer
Matthew Good, after he quit smoking and doubled his vocal range
Favorite harp player
Joel, of course
Favorite drummer
Mick Fleetwood, because of the intense look he has when he's playing. Talk about getting into the music!
Favorite tune performed by The Outliers
The Thrill Is Gone (bet this surprises the band)
Favorite Elvis song
Don't have one (sorry, Joel). But, since we did the Elvis Tribute in 1997 I have come to appreciate That's All Right, Mama, since that's what we performed.
Favorite Beatle
John Lennon
Favorite actor
Kevin Kline
Favorite actress
Meryl Streep
Favorite movie
There are so many good ones. I can't pick a favorite! Drama: Mr. Holland's Opus, Dances With Wolves,To Kill A Mockingbird, Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, Philadelphia; Comedy: French Kiss, Sleepless In Seattle, Plains Trains & Automobiles; Fantasy: Field of Dreams, Starman, ET; Musical: An American In Paris, West Side Story;
Favorite book
Jane Eyre
Favorite author
Robert James Waller
Favorite magazine
Who's got time to read magazines??? If I did, I'd probably read Time and People
Favorite web site
Online Guitar Archive (OLGA) -the old site, before it was changed
Favorite newspaper
The Daily News because it provides comic relief. Read Newsday normally. When I want real news I read the NY Times
Favorite place to do Outliers gigs
Northshore Café, Glen Head
Favorite food
Fresh pasta with fresh tomato sauce, sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese
Shoe Size
Take my current age, add the digits together, then subtract 1 and you've got it
Your day job
High School Computer Science Teacher, along with responsibilty for Administrative Software and the School District Website
Your least favorite word
Will a little dab really do ya?
no way
Favorite baseball player
Reggie Jackson
Favorite all-time TV show
Favorite all-time TV show theme song
Mission Impossible
Favorite drink
a chilled glass of white zinfandel
Favorite accent
"Less Filling" or "Tastes Great"?
Tastes Great!
Your worst vice
I plead the 5th
Favorite decade
this one- there's no time like the present
Do gentlemen really prefer blondes?
from my experience, yes
Favorite capital punishment device
forcing people to listen to Barry Manilow music until they can't take it any more and finally kill themselves
Favorite quote
"This, too, shall pass"
Favorite comedian
Robin Williams
Favorite radio program
WLIR's Sunday night show featuring local artists - TriState Sounds, I think it's called
Mantle or Mays?
The Mick
Favorite travel destination
What the hell does "NPD" stand for anyway?
Nice People Depart!
The 1st thing you'd buy if you won $10 million
Freedom - I'd quit my day job and play music full time
Ben & Jerry or Haagen Dazs
Ben & Jerry because they name their flavors more creatively
Tom & Jerry or Wile E. Coyote & Roadrunner
Wile E. Coyote & Roadrunner - (beep beep) - gotta give Wile E. credit for never giving up!
Ben & Jerry or Tom & Jerry
Tom & Jerry - Love cartoons - I'm just a kid at heart!
The Beatles or The Stones
Cats or Dogs?
Cats - They let you know they don't need you so if they show you affection you know it's because they want to
Do you think UFO's really exist?
I am sure we are not alone in the universe, simply because of its size. But I don't think we have been visited because of the enormous distances involved.
Favorite geo-political figure
James Earl Carter
Favorite sports team
Stock picks
Don't ask me, I've lost a fortune. I am, however, open to suggestions
1st concert you ever saw
John Denver at the Nassau Coliseum. If I could only go back in time, things would be very different
If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
Having a stimulating conversation with a good friend
Domino's or Pizza Hut?
Neither. Go to Grimaldi's (formerly Patsy's) under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Heights. After you've eaten there you'll never want any other kind of pizza.
Dylan "electric" or Dylan "acoustic"
Favorite pet
The purring ball of fluff that was our pet guinea pig - she looked and sounded just like one of those tribbles from Star Trek
Who currently isn't, but in your opinion, should be, on a postage stamp?
Is Jimmy Carter on a stamp? If not, he should be.
Coke or Pepsi?
Who was the real genius - Becker or Fagan?
Carpet or wood floors?
Wood, with area rugs
Favorite dead rock star
Jim Morrison
Favorite analgesic
Music cures everything
Crackling fire or sandy beach?
Crackling fire and hot chocolate
Favorite member of ABBA
Don't know any of them
Who do you think was really behind Kennedy's assasination?
Don't you think it's time to move on? That was almost 40 years ago.
Favorite Woody Allen movie
Annie Hall
Favorite condiment
Favorite bimbo who ended a politican's/evangelist's/CEO's career
Monica Lewinsky
Most humbling experience
Watching Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in July of 1969
If you could play a different instrument in the band it would be

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