Earth Mama: A Sense of Place

Joyce Rouse is a singer/songwriter who goes by the name “Earth Mama” and delves into American Folk music on this collection of originals dedicated to “understanding our home, the natural world.” While you can argue about Earth Day and the Green Movement, you’ll  find no fight here on the quality of the sounds with Ms Rouse and her mix of musicians. She mixes luminous ballads like “To An Oriole” tell of the glory of nature, while “Heaven Down Below” reveals the heartbreak of bank takeovers and mountaintop removal. She mixes moods between full bands and Spartan accompaniment, with a vocal duet with the late Keith Palmer on “Only One” quite riveting. Heartfelt music from the heart of the south.

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