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Paula Sinclair - SteadyGirl


Paula Sinclair

Old Sombrero Music - OSM4859

Available from Old Sombrero Music.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This singer/songwriter has a voice that exudes a strength that the listener can feel runs to her core being. On this, her fourth recording, she wrote, co-wrote, seven of the elevem songs, and very ably puts her stamp on the others. This Kentucky raised, and now Portland, Oregon based performer, lets the raw emotion of the song come flowing out of her mouth with a muscular power that is both brazen/brassy and at the same time vulnerable and touching. A very interesting voice that has a strength, you might think Chrissie Hynde, and power in it that belies her petite size.

The music ranges from alt-country, to Country, mixing in some Rock and Roll, and slipping into some Bluegrass; however there is no slipping or waffling on the sound. It seems that strength that is in her voice is also in the control room. She is assisted on this disc by the stellar playing of Tony Furtado, who is on banjo, slide guitar and dojo (it is a cross between a dobro and a banjo; one very cool instrument with a great sound), among other players, production is by Rob Stroup and Sinclair co-writes with the associate producer Rob Barteletti.

Track List:

  • Something Sweeter
  • Fearless Heart
  • Steady Girl
  • Drifting
  • Medicine Burn
  • Even If I Fall
  • When a Heart Breaks
  • Lookinf for Love
  • Blue-Eyed Kentucky Boy
  • Something Blue
  • Sweet Tooth

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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