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More than two decades into her career, singer-songwriter Leigh Nash shines a light on her Texas roots with The State I m In, a solo album that plants its feet on both sides of the border. Nash was raised in the Texas Hill Country, and The State I m In marks a return to her
days in the Lone Star State, though, with Nash whipping up a combination of Texas twang, Tejano, orchestral pop hooks and heartbroken lyrics. In classic country style, she sings about heartache and bad luck in a voice that swoons, sweeps and swaggers, backed by a band whose members include Emmylou Harris s pianist, Jack White s fiddle player and award- winning a cappella group Street Corner Symphony.
If The State I m In sounds like a country album, though, it s a wide-ranging, left-of-center country album, with songs that tip their hat to the past while still moving forward toward something new. Looking for a fellow rule-breaker who wouldn t mind pushing the envelope, Nash turned to Grammy-nominated musician Brendan Benson, who co-wrote one of the songs and produced the entire record. Alternately loose and lush, The State I m In feels like a reintroduction to an artist who s never really gone away, with Nash finding new life in older sounds. It s music for roadhouses, juke joints, make-out sessions, breakups, gospel services and drives across the American desert. You can take the girl out of Texas...
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.59 x 4.96 x 0.22 inches; 1.6 Ounces
- Manufacturer : One Son Records
- Item model number : 0696859965883
- Original Release Date : 2015
- Run time : 39 minutes
- Date First Available : July 31, 2015
- Label : One Son Records
- ASIN : B0130HW82C
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #200,897 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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"The State I'm In" (12 tracks; 39 min.) is a significant departure from anything else Leigh Nash has done before, either within Sixpence or as a solo artist. Let's just call a spade a spade. "The State I'm In" is a country album, pure and simple. Check out "Cruel Heart", which sounds like it came from the 1950s, featuring a slide guitar upfront. This is a fine tune, and Nash's voice is as warm and rich as ever, it's just that I'm not a country music guy, and hence this album is just not for me.
I recently saw Leigh Nash in concert again, when she opened for Over the Rhine on their recent annual Christmas-themed winter tour at the gorgeous and intimate Memorial Hall here in Cincinnati. Leigh performed with just a backup acoustic guitarist, and brought a fabulous (and at 40 min. an all-too-brief) set with Sixpence tunes, Christmas tunes, and originals. She played none from "The State I'm In". Instead she played a couple from a brand new EP simply called "Limited Edition EP" (2018 release; 6 tracks; 23 min.), which is only available at her shows. It kicks off with a great cover of the Pretenders' "Don't Get Me Wrong". Next comes a 2018 rework of Sixpence's "Kiss Me" (sounding very similar to the band's version). The next 2 tracks are what makes this a must-have EP: "God Gave Me Horses" is one of Nash's best songs ever, and will give you shivers. "Magic Kingdom" is a gorgeous cover of the Ben Shive tune. The EP is rounded out by "She's Like The Swallow" (featuring Jessie Nunn, violinist), and an acoustic version of "Don't Get Me Wrong". What a fantastic EP, and in my book it is miles better than "The State I'm In". If you have a chance to see Leigh Nash in concert, don't miss her, and grab this EP along the way.
Leigh kind of deeked her fans when promoting the album as a 'country album' - maybe not the best idea as some immediately were turned off (including myself).
She would have better served the album not slapping a genre label on it - just put it out there and let listeners come to their own conclusions.
Not until you get to "The State I'm In" can you hear anything that's obviously 'country'. But that song is VERY country. I think that was the first single too so the first impression was it really was a 'country album'.
Cruel Heart sounds more slow rockabilly like early Elvis - at least that's what comes to my mind.
People used to not worry too much about 'genres' or when their favorite band's sound changed - they either hung with them or not. Like the Stones foregoing straight blues for psychedelia or the Eagles leaving 'country rock' for a harder sound.
There was no announcement, you either liked the new albums or you didn't.
I wish this did define country because most of what is today's country is worthless tripe - they've kind of ruined the name so not sure i'd be so quick to hitch my wagon to it.
On the whole though it's just more nice songs featuring Leigh's sweet sweet voice and worth a fair listen.
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Yes , the majority of songs have a 'country' feel , but also so much more. You still have Leigh's fantastic voice, and all the songs have great melodies. The highlights for me are Chigaco and Somebody's yesterday ,
Two of the trracks -What's behind me and Doing it wrong - could have come straight from any sixpence-ntr album.
All in all a well written and produced album, with Leigh's irrepressible voice - what more could you want.