Autumn In Augusta: Songs My Mama Would Like

Here’s a homey little ep of 5 tunes by vocalist Lucy Smith along with a team of Michael Caskey/dr, Marcin Fahymy/p-key and Junius Paul/b. She uses her lemonade sweet and fresh voice to bring forth old time spirituals, with clever arrangements all throughout. A chipper take of “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” (From Beethoven’s 9th) is a charmer, while “Wayfaring Stranger” sounds quite convincing. I’ve never understood how “House of the Rising Sun” or “How Long, How Long Blues” could make it to the local church, but Smith and company make it work. A nice step back to appreciate music that is from the heart and soul of America.

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