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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Lilli Lewis - Americana - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Americana, from Lilli Lewis and it's versatile and enriching. Opening with My American Heart (Prelude), this release immediately comes alive with the rich sounds of acapella voices. Lilli is joined on this intro by Kyshona Armstrong and Mikayla Braun. Very nice. Copper John is an country rocker with a soft easy rhythm, wailing pedal steel by Richard Comeaux, guitars by Wade Hymel, bass by Bryan Webre and strong vocal lead and harmonies by Lewis (Think Marshall Tucker Band). Very nice. Piece of Mine is a beautiful folk tune in the vein of Wayfaring Stranger but with the richness of a gospel tune. With Josh Paxton on keys, Hymel on guitar, and Gina Forsyth on acoustic guitar, backing vocal and fiddle, this is a very strong track. Everyday has a bright jazzy feel with a snappy rhythm by Doug Balote on drums and Webre on bass and Sam Kuslan's key work is really solid with Lewis' lead vocal style, backed by Braun on harmony. Contemporary ballad, Coffee Shop Girl, has a simple but nicely progressive melody. A clean piano accompaniment by Lewis and percussion by Hymel along with Kenny Murphy on backing vocal and bass makes this another really nice track. Wrapping the release is My American Heart (Benediction), a quiet ballad with a solid melody. Lewis' vocals are pure and clear, accompanied by acoustic guitar (Hymel), Gina Forsyth on fiddle,  Dave Easley on pedal steel, Rick Nelson on cello and James Walsh on bass. This is a solid closer for a really warm release.  

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