Country

Artist: 
Andrew Reed
Label: 
Artists International Publishing

As someone who likes Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, I thought to myself, what could go wrong with a long haired dude with a guitar? As it turns out, Andrew Reed is not really similar to those two artists. Andrew Reed is definitely a hippie, but an old-timey Americana one at that. With songs like "Carolina in the Morning," Reed offers a lamentation over a woman/state, accompanied by a gentle guitar strums and light percussion. Although an overall easy listening album, I did not particularly enjoy Andrew Reed's voice. It seemed a little too shaky and urgent.

Sounds Like: 
Leonard Cohen
Sounds Like: 
Johnny Cash
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2018
Artist: 
George St. Clair
Label: 
George St. Clair Music

If you are in the market for a folk album this may not be the CD for you. I truly felt like this album had more country influenced than anything. My favorite part however was definitely the spanish influence you can find on tracks 1, 9, and 11.

Sounds Like: 
Doobie Brothers
Sounds Like: 
Fleetwood Mac
Sounds Like: 
Johnny Cash
Name: 
Aubrie Buechting
Date Reviewed: 
03/03/2018
Artist: 
Devin Dawson
Label: 
Warner Bros.

Devin Dawson's single "All On Me" sounds like he tried to mix Ed Sheeran and Tim McGraw. This song is perfect for pop lovers and new age country. It has influences of old country but definitely has the fun, synthesized sound that new pop music has. This song is fantastic for people who are really into Ed Sheeran because of the sentimental and love filled lyrics. Good for radio and easy on the ears, Devin Dawson has a very calming and easy going voice. He easily sounds like a boy band sensation mixed with traditional Nashville sounds.

Sounds Like: 
new age country
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
12/11/2017
Artist: 
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Label: 
ATO Records LLC

This is a great record. J. Roddy Walston and the Business have blown up in the last couple of years following an exhaustive tour schedule and their 2013 breakout album, Essential Tremors. This is more vulnerable and personal than Essential Tremors, but still has the hard-rocking swagger and bravado that exemplifies the band. Simply put, it's like Kings of Leon except with music that's actually good.

Sounds Like: 
Drive By Truckers
Sounds Like: 
Delta Spirit
Sounds Like: 
The Weeks
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
10/09/2017
Artist: 
Ron Pope
Label: 
Brooklyn Basement Records

"Ron Pope? That name sounds so familiar."
"Yeah, he's the dude that sang 'Drop in the Ocean'."
"Oh, that's right! Wow, my preteen angst has suddenly returned."

Sounds Like: 
Civil Wars
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Alison Krauss
Label: 
Hokker, Inc.

This record was a good listen, but at times the easy-listening feel of the record got boring. Not that it's bad by any means--however, the album did not have much variation and I don't think it did a good job of highlighting Krauss's versatility. It's still a classic country record though. If I found this album in my grandparents' records in between Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline I wouldn't be surprised. Krauss's voice is also flawless. She has one of the best voices in all of country music, and this didn't change on Windy City.

Sounds Like: 
Patty Griffin
Sounds Like: 
Dolly Parton
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Terra Lightfoot
Label: 
Sonic Union Records

To preface this, no, she is not related to Gordon Lightfoot--I already looked it up. Lately, roots rock has become filled with bluegrassy Nickelbanjo artists singing about the most bland things possible, and the genre has become fairly boring. Terra Lightfoot does not fit into this mold--she puts the rock back into roots rock. Springsteenesque guitars deliver crunchy riffs behind Lightfoot's voice, which is the true star of the album. Simply put, she sounds like a rockstar--whiskey-soaked and soulful.

Sounds Like: 
Grace Potter
Sounds Like: 
Alabama Shakes
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Lauren Anderson
Label: 
none

Lauren Anderson has an unreal voice, it reminds me a lot of Carrie Underwood. Her Single "What Good is a Bad Boy".  the song also reminds me of the song Before he cheats.  if you like Carrie Underwood i highly reccomend listening to Lauren Anderson, very good singer nice beat and it the lyrics feel like this is a personal life memory she has been through so it can relate to some who listen.  

Sounds Like: 
Before He Cheats by Carrie Undewood
Name: 
Jeff Malinoff
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers
Label: 
Ca-Ha-Nus Records

"Eyes on the Prize," by Carol Pacey and the Honey Shakers is a decent Americana rock album with a female powerhouse vocalist. At its best best, the guitar is jamming and Carol Pacey's vocals mesh perfectly, giving the track an empowering sound. Her vocals, at times, are remiscent of the same twangly, gravely strength as singers such as Sheryl Crow and Joan Osborne. At its worst, "Eyes on the Prize," is kitschy and uninspired.

Sounds Like: 
Sheryl Crow
Sounds Like: 
Joan Osborne
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2016
Artist: 
Francesca Brown
Label: 
Apple Feast Productions

This CD sounds exactly how you'd expect. A female singer/songwriter with backup vocals on various melodies, accompanied by guitar, banjo, saw, harmonca, bass, and drums. Though this is probably considered folk, I got a strong country vibe from it. There's nothing wrong with that at all, especially if you're into music featuring soulful, Southern-accented and slow-pacedriffs. Francesca Brown is certainly a good singer. She's got great key shifts and strong harmonies. 

Sounds Like: 
Gillian Welch
Sounds Like: 
Laura Marling
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2016
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