I recall the first time I saw or heard Grace perform was on the TV show The Voice. Ever since then I’ve been captured by her unique style as an artist but also her style of music.
Grace is an artist who is a stand out who will never be accused of not telling the truth and the artist’s latest collection of songs, from her soon to be released CD titled "Scaredy Cat". A total of 11 tracks all of which represent Grace’s style of a marriage of Memphis blues and Americana. And rightly so, as Grace hails from Memphis.
After listening to all 11 songs you can tell that Grace brought some method acting principles to the recording process, only taking her group of seasoned musicians and allowing them to create as the tape ran. The result is something that feels lively, reserved and at times unsteady, but in a very good way, reflecting the notes the lyrics speak to. Carrying it all forth are Graces raspy vocals, a twinge of Memphis twang rounding out the ends of lines that shine a light into her soul.
Track #11 ”Scaredy Cat” is in my opinion nursery rhyme lyrics yet Grace once again makes the song work which I found myself listening too several times over. Track #7 “Sycamore Tree” also captured my attention as did Track #9 “Cinnamon”. With some of the names of the songs its made me curious how and what Grace was thinking when naming and writing them, yet I won’t question her as like a magician she’s made the lyrics and music blend quite nicely together.
Track #6 “Tip-Top Liquor and #3 “Calvary” I really enjoyed. In many of my reviews I like to write and share what each song is about but with this one I found that each song needed no explanation as this is a record that you just need to listen too without analyzing it which I tried to do and feel like I succeeded.
Because I did not mention some of the other songs on the record does not mean they are not worthy as they are without question. All in all this is an record that is outside of country music yet is a MUST have as you’re sure to enjoy it as much as I did.
I sincerely thank Grace for giving me the opportunity to review the album prior to its release and allowing me to share my view with the music fans.
I would be very honored to have the privilege to meet Grace one day. A powerful and confident woman/artist who knows who she is and where she’s going. I so appreciate the honesty and freshness in this record. Well done Grace!
In closing, the entire album resonates with authenticity through and through alongside powerful musicianship, this record marks another commendable milestone in the artist’s musical journey.
Be on the lookout for its release as you’ll want to get several copies as the holidays will soon be approaching.
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I proudly give this record FIVE STARS*****