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Faith in the Shadows

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It's tough to pigeonhole Kerri Powers. She grew up listening to country music and singing in traditional country music bands with her Uncles who had their own radio show. But she took her own road from there. Her voice has been compared to Patsy Cline and a host of other Back in the Day big voiced country singers, but her song lyrics are razor sharp and more often compared to Lucinda Williams. and John Hiatt. Although frequently appearing with a small group, you're most likely to catch Kerri playing solo singing to her own funky bluesy acoustic guitar style. (one studio vet was overheard saying She plays guitar better than most of my friends do) On "Faith in the Shadows" (Gritty Ditty) Kerri teams up with producer/cowriter Crit Harmon(Mary Gauthier, Lori McKenna, Martin Sexton) to present a somewhat dark but hopeful collection of 10 alt country, bluesy americana, rocking garage band, sung with a real deal voice songs.

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Holy smokes this is damn good Americana. Earthy, sensual vocals and a band that's rock solid but never showy make this album a standout. Wiry electric guitar and a bed of organ chords hold down the 1-2 punch of the opening rocker Do you hear footsteps? and the slightly more countrified Trying to Make My Way to You, which makes use of Biblical imagery and adds level of spiritual yearning to Powers' lyrics. More New Testament references abound in Magdelene, which speaks of angels, devils, and the Virgin Mary. The moody ballad Shadow of Someone is rather heartbreaking, especially when the weeping slide guitar takes it's brief solo near the end. Not to take away from the interesting storytelling and imagery in the lyrics, the other star of the album is Powers' stunning vocals. The obvious comparison is to Lucinda Williams, with her ability to go from a whisper to belting it out, or somewhere in between, and always getting it right. Its a voice like molasses, sometimes dripping out slowly, sometimes sweet, and very sensual. It's a captivating album, and highly recommended. --CD Baby
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gritty Ditty
  • ASIN: B001Q9GRNS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On Faith In The Shadows, Kerri Powers is a story-telling chronicler of the American Dream deferred. Equal parts honky tonk sweetheart, confessional folkie, and rocker/blues bad girl Powers sings of the down ‘n’ out underdog – characters with bruised hearts, self-destructive wanderlust
(occasional emphasis on lust), and unanswered prayers who can’t seem to get out from behind the eight-ball.

The images throughout the record are well-oiled Americana but never become opportunistic or trite in Powers’ hands: railroad tracks, TV preachers, Greyhound buses, alligator boots, fireworks, Remington shotgun shells, lucky pennies, broken dreams, etc… Her song’s landscapes evoke the similar worlds of artists like Bruce Springsteen or Gillian Welch. And like them, her language alternates between the poetic and blue collar. Her view of the people in her songs is non-judgmental but honest. Most of them are struggling; a few with their own flaws.

The opening track feels lifted from the closing credits of some unknown Clint Eastwood mystery/western: all twangy distorted electric guitars, steady
backbeat strummed cowboy acoustic, and hovering B3 organ. The details of this tune live in the shadows. And like many of Eastwood’s recent films, the omitted detail is what gives the song its power. All we know is something terrible has been done, and a desperate confrontation is near. Clues are dropped like so many mirages in the desert: dancing shadows, a found weapon, locked cabin dead-bolted doors, rationing bullets, lovers’ misunderstanding, etc. With cryptic lyrics like: “My voice my face/A haunting cold embrace/ Could be your guilt/Could be my ghost/You’ll never know/You’ll never never know,” Powers gives the listener lots of directions to go in.
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Do you like Kelly Willis, Neko Case, or Lucinda Williams? Then you'll love Kerri Powers. Dump those pop country cd's for some real music!
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