‘Southern Girl’ from Joanne Rand - distinctive and highly recognisable

(September 05, 2015)

There’s a certainty about ‘Southern Girl’ from Joanne Rand - once you hear it there’s only one voice that could deliver the album. To my ears, Rand’s distinctive and highly recognisable vocals are as readily identifiable as her brand of southern girl album coverAmericana folk-rock. From albums like ‘Family History’ through ‘Snake Oil and Hummingbirds’ to ‘Still a Real World’, there’s the definite edge of Southern roots plus wider explorations. There’s also an evoked memory of a dairy farm in the Catskills near White Lake in August ’69 - a memory of mine that’s now defined by time, distance and certain substances.

These songs take you to encounters with the places and people she describes, move you into the experiences and involvements she recounts, expressed through lyrics that ensure their messages stay with you. The musical mix that pours through ‘Southern Girl’ fuses its folk-rock base with elements of bluegrass and jazz to create a blend with a natural organic feel that reaches out to the listener in close and intimate way. Listen to her as she sings ‘Mud In Your Eye’, Cripple Creek’ or ‘Maid of Constant Sorrow’ and you’ll find just how easy it is to let Joanne’s songs live within you, then take in the profound message of ‘Thicker Than Water’ or ‘I Love It’ and there’s a spirituality waiting to be discovered.

Finally, to find the true magic, you should hear Rand’s take on ‘Woodstock’ - delivered as it always should have been delivered. Website:

Review: Tom Franks

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