Alright Alright review…October 6, 2018…

ALRIGHT ALRIGHT

NEARBY

HOOVES AND SUGAR RECORD CO.

LITTLE GIRLS, LITTLE BIRDS–THE LIAR–TOO MUCH–WHISPER YOUR NAME–GULF COAST HIGHWAY–BE KIND–BY THE BED–LUCKIEST GIRL IN AMERICA–MY JESUS CARRIES ME

Alright Alright features the collective talents of the husband-wife duo Seth and China Kent.  China is a classically-trained pianist who studied at Vanderbilt, while guitarist Seth is known for his work with Denver-based band The Fray.  They have combined their considerable chops on their first full-length album, “Nearby,” for  Hooves And Sugar Record Co.  China is on vocals, keys, and the string arrangements, while Seth is on vocals and guitars.  The songs are written with both Seth and China as the subjects, albeit some more than others.

The set begins with an open, honest song of empowerment, with China’s lilting vocals front and center on “Little Girls, Little Birds,”  She reprises that theme a bit later in the set with an ode to “manifest destiny,” “The Luckiest Girl In America.”  This one has become a crowd favorite at their live shows, given the current state of the nation’s affairs.  Our heroine wistfully searches for answers from a lover in the old-time, bluegrass-gospel feel of “Too Much,” and they close the set with the song we chose as our favorite.  Both take vocal turns on a shout-out to the One that feeds the sparrow, vowing to weather the storms of life, that, in time, give up their fury, in “My Jesus Carries Me.”

Although China and Seth come from quite varied musical backgrounds, they make the concept of Alright Alright work.  Excellent harmonies, musicianship, and powerful material make “Nearby” a brilliant excursion in folk and Americana!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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