…get you a ticket, CRISTINA VANE Nowhere Sounds Lovely
by Walter Price
From Appalachia, the Delta to the Bayous, front-porch music has been a time-honored conduit for storytelling. It’s not normally about the fancy polished gleam of the spotlight but rather the earnestness of its players and the realities of said stories being shared. A certain sort of homespun magic that can’t necessarily be captured in a studio with an overzealous producer.
The latest LP, ‘Nowhere Sounds Lovely’, from acclaimed Nashville songwriter Cristina Vane is chock-full of well respected traditional blues and folk arrangments and blended with plenty of the here and now pop and rock. And one of the most notable ingredients of this 12-track masterclass is the fact that the mystically voiced Vane and her producer, Cactus Moser, really know how to let a song breathe. The understanding that the dobro, steel, guitar, and the air in the room are as integral to the storytelling as the lyrics are. An indelible relationship that allows for a brilliant listening experience.
Without a doubt, ‘Nowhere Sounds Lovely’ is one of 2021’s greatest gifts and it would be a bit unfair to single out one top track, but I do have a handful of go-to’s that’ll get you introduced to this stunning album. “Dreamboy”;, “The Driving Song” and “Wish Bone Blues” are all beautiful calling cards and will certainly find spots on your favorite back-to-where-it-all-started playlists.
And you can stream the full LP as well as see a front-porch Western AF performance of the “Wishing Bone Blues”, now at the GTC.
CRISTINA VANE Nowhere Sounds Lovely
Artist photo via Bandcamp
All songs, vocals, guitar work by Cristina Vane
Producer: Cactus Moser
Producer & Audio Engineer: Rodney Dowell
Bass: Dow Tomlin
Steel /Dobro: Tommy Hannum
Fiddle: Nate Leath
Western AF Video: Sound Mixer: Curtis Harnish Executive Producer: Johnny Callahan Special thanks: Coleman Williams, my brother and amigo Producers: Brian Harrington & Mike Vanata (Square State Film)
“Born in Italy to a Sicilian-American father and a Guatemalan mother, Cristina Vane has always had a tenuous relationship with identity and place. She grew up between England, France, and Italy, and was fluent in four languages by the time she moved to her fathers’ native the United States for university at 18. Despite this, (and perhaps because of it) she had no sense of belonging to any one culture or country. What she did have, however, was an intense love of music. Powered by her signature take on blues and rock, Vane’s debut album, Nowhere Sounds Lovely, documents her first summer-long tour across the United States, during which she came face to face with the breadth and depth of the American landscape, and her own place within it.” – bio