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Sarah Siskind and Sunliner shine with ‘LOVE’

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North Carolina native Sarah Siskind and Sunliner will release their long awaited and latest collaboration,” LOVE,” on April 14, 2017.

In a handwritten note delivered with the album, Siskind wrote, “Well after all this time, here it is!”

Trust me when I say it’s worth your time to give a listen to this sampler to get just a taste of what this fresh and funky new album has to offer. It’s a mix of rock, folk, country, jazz fusion and delta blues, that all the while somehow manages to stick to its Americana roots. It ranges from the upbeat “By You” to the heartbreaking “Not Enough.”

“This whiskey is the closest thing I have to a friend … I wake up late at night and cry; I drink the bottle til it’s dry, but it’s not enough to make me forget how you love me.”

There may be a mere six tracks on this album, but there is so much packed into the half-dozen tunes, it sounds and feels like a much longer album.

I first discovered Siskind and Sunliner — a song-driven roots rock trio that fuses the artistry of The Infamous Stringduster’s lead singer and bass player Travis Book, his singer/songwriter wife Siskind and Brian Caputo on drums -— back in 2014 at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival  and again at Reynolda House Backyard Barbecue and Brews. I named them among my favorite Americana finds of that year. And last summer, this uber-talented duo was a fitting opener for Mary Chapin Carpenter’s newest album tour kickoff at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro.

Siskind’s songs have been featured on CMT’s hit show, “Nashville,” most recently in the form of the gorgeous “Sanctuary,” which she co-wrote with Jill Andrews and Gary Nicholson, as well as “In Love,” co-written with Lennon Stella and MaryLynn Stella.  Siskind’s other songs featured on the show can be found here.

Siskind has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Brandi Carlile, but in my humble opinion she’s incomparable. Spin Magazine calls her “an artist you must hear now,” and at SXSW 2013, Time Magazine called her “one of the five best voices.” I dare you to try to find one better.

You can catch Sunliner performing live Saturday, April 15, at the Loaded Up & Truckin’ Festival near Siskind’s home in Brevard, North Carolina. If you go, be sure to wish Siskind a happy birthday!

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