This artist isn’t content with the state of modern music. If this isn’t clear from the hints of Etta James and other greats who came before her, she comes right out and says so in the opening track of the album containing this song pick, Dirty Radio (released May 24th). “When I turn on the radio, it all sounds the same,” she laments. “What have these people done to music? I just don’t care anymore.” She sounds almost exasperated with the situation as she huffs and puffs her way through the song, and her solution to this quandary seems to be to take a look through her mom’s record collection. But rather than simply imitating her diverse influences, she and her band decided to take a little bit of Bessie Smith and mix it with a dash of Tom Waits. The result is a delicious goulash of rockabilly and blues with just enough punk attitude to separate her sound from all the other homage-rock bands out there. There is certainly a loveable quirkiness to her, particularly in her bouncy voice. All of the songs on the record are entertaining, and most of them are a whole lot of fun. But she has a serious side as well. On the surface, Dirty Radio may sound like a collection of 1950s-style bubble-gum pop tunes, but upon closer examination, a depth of emotion and thought reveals its presence through this young Portland songwriter. Her band serves as the perfect backbone to her music. They provide a powerful backdrop to the singer’s raw emotion and talent, complimenting her storytelling and performance. They provide the punch to accent her energy on the upbeat tracks, and lay low when her voice needs to tell the tale on its own. Taken simply as an album, Dirty Radio is great. It’s fun and thoughtful. It’s familiar while still feeling fresh, and each song feels better than the last. As a debut album, it’s even better. It shows promise, and when it’s over, the listener is eager to cash in on said promise. Luckily, after Dirty Radio has come to a close, it doesn’t feel as though this artist is one bit through with all she’s had to say. There is a wealth of potential in this songwriter, and it seems as though she’s just getting started. This song pick is especially bouncy and bluesy, so much so that when I heard it on the radio, it caught my ear and attention immediately.  — Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside - Danger

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