Flatt Lonesome is compelling evidence that the future of bluegrass music is in talented, capable and passionate hands. On this, their debut release on Pisgah Ridge Records, they play with a nostalgic, traditional feel, the result being an authentic homage to their predecessors.
Their vocals shine with a “family” flavor that only siblings seem to naturally and inherently possess. Kelsi, Charli and Buddy Robertson sing three part harmony with the ease of having been born to do it, and in my humble opinion, they have the potential to one day be as good as the Whites or the Isaacs. As young as they are, and as good as they are, it’s only a matter of time.
All three take their turn at singing lead, with the other two harmonizing wonderfully, but, I especially like to hear Charli sing lead and Kelsi sing the harmony under, rather than over, the lead vocal. It makes for a sound not unlike the Everly Brothers had, and Buddy seems to slide in and out between the other two parts at will, adding a third completely individualistic texture to their vocal blend. These familial vocals are the bands primary asset.
Instrumentally, Kelsi plays mandolin, Buddy is on guitar and Charli handles the fiddling. They are joined by Michael Stockton on resophonic guitar, Dominic Illingworth on upright bass and Kelsi’s husband, Paul Harrigill, on banjo. Their combined musicianship is their second major asset.
Celia Pavey was the second runner up on The Voice 2013, and was mentored by Delta Goodrem. Her voice mesmerized audiences and people were drawn to her from her first audition. Week after week her outstanding performances continued to impress the coaches and fans
01. Scarborough Fair/Canticle
02. A Thousand Years
06. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
08. Candle in the Night
09. Believe Me
10. Feel Good Inc.
Musician and songwriter Jerry Vessel is at it again. Working under Heirlooms of August, one of his many ongoing projects, Vessel this time sets to marry poetry and simplicity in Heirlooms’ sophomore album, Down at the 5-Star. Described as “chamber Americana,” Down at the 5-Star is just that – one part skilled, technical composition and another twangy, hollow pieces with simple stories that sing of relatable subjects. The album is without the heavy tinge that surrounds the Americana image, however. It is softer, more melancholic, almost as if the group were trying to create a heartland caricature around their string-driven, melodious core. Simple, observant lyrics mask heavier emotion and a more nuanced soul. Their poetry is in their imagery, taking small depictions and moments and making them stand out against the whine of the strings, setting something remarkably humble against the chamber-esque, old world tones that form the album’s backbone.
The title of Night, Sleep, Death augurs an album full of endings, but the third long player by the Wingdale Community Singers imparts a more irresolute experience. It’s by turns attractive and off-putting, like a person whose every persuasive invitation to hang out is countered by an action that makes you want to head for […]
Joni Mitchell may not have been the biggest-selling singer/songwriter star of the early ’70s, but her influence, particularly on women performers, can’t be denied. As the title of this compilation indicates, the artists on this collection of mega-rare cuts by female singer/songwriters of the era are often in a Joni Mitchell mood. Confessional and narrative […]
Three years previously, Texas songwriter Robyn Ludwick’s debut album, For So Long, appeared like a stunning blast of central Texas summer heat from the hill country outside Austin. It stands as one of those shocks to the system that makes a listener sit up, take notice, and get slain by. It is sophisticated but uncompromising; […]