Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Lay Your Head Down

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Lay Your Head Down

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Carolina Story

(Black River Americana)

Duo delights with hushed harmonies, reverence, and reassurance

What better way to share the virtues of domestic tranquility than through an actual example of shared sentiment? Carolina Story's two principals, Ben and Emily Roberts, are committed-not only to the music, but clearly to each other as well. That devotion is evident throughout the lush and lilting Lay Your Head Down, an album so sublime it not only tugs at the heartstrings, but encourages a meditative mindset as well.

As with the groups Shovels and Rope and the Lone Bellow, the male-female vocal component is a big part of the package here; the enchanting intertwined voices drawing the listener in. Yet while harmonies are a fundamental factor, the precise arrangements also shine through the shimmer of pedal steel and subtle strings, with the solitary strum of an acoustic guitar here, a quiet keyboard there. …

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