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ReviewShine Wednesday: John Cowan, Terri Hendrix, Sara Petite

Posted in John Cowan, Sara Petite, Terri Hendrix on June 23, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

Every Wednesday, I feature a brief review of at least one album that has been submitted to me through the ReviewShine website. I have cleverly titled this recurring segment “ReviewShine Wednesday.”

First up is the new release from former Newgrass Revial member and acoustic music superstar John Cowan. Cowan’s new CD, The Massenburg Sessions, was recorded completely live in the studio with no editing or overdubs under the guidance of producer George Massenburg. It’s a completely organic and acoustic affair that showcases Cowan’s vocal and instrumental chops perfectly while also allowing him to receive some help from friends like Darrell Scott, Luke Bulla, and the Del McCoury Band. Cowan’s unmistakable voice is given a full workout in the album opening, “My Time in the Desert.”

John Cowan: My Time in the Desert (Buy Album)

Up next is another familiar voice in fiercely independent Texas artist, and Grammy winner, Terri Hendrix. For her tenth studio album, Hendrix originally intended to make a strictly jazz record. When she began working on the album, however, her intentions changed and morphed into what she calls a “mix CD” of several styles and influences. Hendrix still satisfies her jazz muse on several tracks, but she also throws in some blues and her more familiar mix of acoustic contemporary folk. Hendrix’s long time producer, the legendary Lloyd Maines, is at the helm once again to guide the journey. Here’s one that features a new sound for Hendrix… a rollicking, drum-machine driven, number called “Slow Down.”

Terri Hendrix: Slow Down (Buy Album)

The final album today is one that I’ve been sitting on for a while now, but was recently reintroduced to. Sara Petite’s new album Doghouse Rose actually came out in November (and I’ve had it almost that long), but has just recently started being pushed to Americana radio. I was reminded of Petite when she played the WDVX Blue Plate Special a few weeks ago. Petite has a natural twang to her voice that is a perfect fit for the rocking country numbers she sings. Petite’s voice and songwriting are the standout elements here, but pay attention to her studio band led by Kenny Vaughn as well. This song, “Baby Let Me In,” features Petite and Vaughn both in fine form.

Sara Petite: Baby Let Me In (Buy Album)