Country

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
Artist: 
Del Barber and the No Regretzky's
Label: 
True North Records

"The Puck Drops Here," by Del Barber and the No Regretzky's had been up for review for a few weeks. I was intriguied by the silly band name and the prospect of listening to a fun album about hockey that didn't take itself too seriously. Well, it's definitely all about hockey. Whether it's fun or not depends of your defintion of fun. And I honestly couldn't tell if this guy was being serious or not.

Sounds Like: 
The Ramones
Sounds Like: 
Bryan Adams (specifically the Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron OST)
Sounds Like: 
Bob Seger (if Bob Seger was 20 and mediocre)
Name: 
Brooke Blizzard
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2016
Artist: 
Ben Bostick
Label: 
Simply Fantastic Music

I honestly was not sure what to expect from this album. Right of the bat, it starts with an almost generic upbeat country song called "My Country" which emphasises the fact that the USA is Ben Bostick's Country. The following four songs, are much softer and slower and better show his artistic side. I am used to country music focusing on pickup trucks, alcohol, and farms, but this album focuses on longing, and relationships more than anything.

Sounds Like: 
country music
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
Bronwen Rebecca
Label: 
Bronwen Rebecca

I'm gonna start off by saying that this is definetly a country album.  It's only three songs, so if you like singer songwriter, female vocaled country music then this would be for you. The songs are decent, however I never listen to country music so it's kind of hard for me to listen to, mainly becasue I don't have much exposure to the genre.

Sounds Like: 
Country Music
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
Artist: 
Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real
Label: 
Royal Potato Family

I went into reviewing this album unsure of what to expect and a bit skeptical, but I was actually really blown away... Honestly, I really loved a lot of the songs on here, especially the heavily country influenced ones. Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real describes their sound as "cowboy hippie surf rock" which fits them quite well. This album has a very timelessly classic feel to it, tinged with outstanding country elements.

Sounds Like: 
Jackie Greene
Name: 
Isabelle Tuli
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2016
Artist: 
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt
Label: 
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

"Edges" is a rock album with some great country elements. This album reminded me of all the great elements of the late 90's and early 00's femal country artists. However, this album is not twangy nor is it about losing your dog, house, spouse and kids. Instead, it has moving guitar and an edgy feel due to the sassy lyrics and great instrumentals.. Joceyln's voice is powerful and she has great range. If you listen to the reccommeded tracks and want to give a few more tracks a listen, check out  Because of You, Dry Cereal, Too Much to Me, and Here to Stay.

Sounds Like: 
The Wreckers
Sounds Like: 
A darker Carrie Underwood
Name: 
Ryley Tegler
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2016
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