Fanny Grace â€“ Rise and Shine / 2008 Self / 14 Tracks / http://www.fannygrace.com /
This Oklahoma act has shared the stage with luminaries as well-known as Merle Haggard, and even a cursory glance at â€œRise and Shineâ€ will show listeners why they were tapped for that honor. The band has been recognized before â€“ they have won KZLAâ€™s songwriting contest, and have played with other country stars â€“ Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney â€“ as well. â€œRise and Shineâ€ is Fanny Graceâ€™s latest album â€“ their follow-up to 2005â€™s â€œ321 Broadwayâ€ â€“ and features the unrivaled production skills of John Carter Cash. Fanny Grace are so well thought-of, in fact, that they were given permission to cover the rarely-heard Johnny Cash track â€œCowboyâ€™s Last Rideâ€. The aforementioned â€œCowboyâ€™s Last Rideâ€ is a track that inserts a little bit of Spanish flair through the guitars; it provides a little bit extra to the periphery of the track, highlighting the vocals that much more. The title track to â€œRise and Shineâ€ starts with a soulful set of vocals that come forth from an earlier country tradition, as well as catering to a bluegrass influences. The fact that Fanny Grace plays an earlier version of country should not turn individuals away from the act. Rather, their contemporary interpretation of time-tested and true musical style should be seen as something to follow.
â€œRise and Shineâ€ is a very dense type of track â€“ while the vocals soar above the instrumentation at all points during this track, Fanny Graceâ€™s instrumentation weave together to make a composition that individuals will have to unravel through continual listening. The track that ends â€œRise and Shineâ€ is â€œThe Storms Are On The Oceanâ€, and Fanny Grace smartly place this track at the end of the disc, for it has a classic, almost Irish type of sound to it.
Fanny Grace can even insert some rock influence into their album; the opening to â€œTill The Wheels Fall Offâ€ starts out with an reinterpretation of the Doobie Brothersâ€™ â€œBlack Waterâ€, before moving into a new and unique track. The subtle, quiet composition acts as the perfect ending to a solid disc, winking into nothingness as Fanny Grace end what is a solid album throughout. Fanny Grace have been around in one form or another for over thirteen years (their first album, â€œJoy Rideâ€, was released in 1995), and they have been able to evolve and craft their distinct sound considerably from then until now.
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