Pope, The Lonely Heartstring Band dish out new sounds
Friday, February 1, 2019
– Cassadee Pope is out with "Stages" today. The 11-song release was produced by Corey Crowder. "Take You Home," "One More Red Light," and "If My Heart Had A Heart" have been released as singles. Pope, who helped write seven of the songs, considers this her most personal album.
Country/bluegrass/folk band The Lonely Heartstring Band is out with its second release "Smoke & Ashes " on Rounder. Bridget Kearney, bassist for Lake Street Dive, produced the release. The group formed at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The quintet released its debut full length, "Deep Waters," in 2012.
The Lonely Heartstring Band's debut, "Deep Waters," was uneven. Certain tracks lacked vitality, but the positive qualities - the keen instrumental interplay between the musicians, and George Clements' lead vocals - impressed.
"Smoke & Ashes" surpasses its predecessor by a significant margin.
The opening "Reverie" sets the tone: tasteful, somewhat mysterious and abounding with an appealing tension. The tension comes from LHsB increasing the ...
Although Cassadee Pope's "Stage" album includes a few too many pop-country songs for comfort, it closes with a true winner. The ballad "I've Been Good," which turns a customary greeting response on its head, is a true show-stopper. She's been 'good,' yes; good at drinkin' whiskey and nearly everything except getting over a breakup. With its drinking song lyrical reference and sincere vocal sadness, Pope earns her wings as a fine country singer. ...
The Lonely Heartstring Band offers traditional instrumentation, a jamgrass vibe, tight arrangements and a lot of heart. The band, a five-piece acoustic/bluegrass ensemble, is yet another product of the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston. "Deep Waters," the band's first release, makes their presence known.
For bluegrass music listeners, there's nothing more appealing and evocative than a strong tenor vocal. In 2016, one look no further than ...