Amelia White “Rhythm of the Rain” (White Wolf Records, 2017)

White’s patternation of voice might not be to everyone’s taste – but those that don’t ‘get it’ are just wrong or maybe ill informed – or both.  This is the real deal, full of juicy tunes; all in her lazy broken style, the woman just oozes cool. Her last record, Home Sweet Hotel was a real tour de force and this is no exception – White is in a real rich vein of form, the production is snappy, the band taught and on the money.  Her art is prospering, and making the world richer. 

A connected woman, there ain’t no one she don’t know, and nobody has anything but good to say about her, with the result that this album has some great co-writes; Ben Glover, Ann McCue, the UK’s Worry Dolls, and one of Nashville’s super-hot writers right now – Lori Mckenna.  It’s all killer no filler for sure.

It is one of those records that’s great to start your day to, ease you into the grind, slip you from the sheets, pour your OJ, burn your toast and begin – with Amelia’s positive head on, workday blues are banished.  Try it, the hamster wheel of life will be faced with a more positive gait.

Album favourite, ‘True or Not’ has a lovely Spanglish guitar and a great line about frittering away your time watching Elvis movies – it’s like she’s sat in my front room and watched me squandering my life to Roust-a-bout.

White has a UK tour shortly and with an album as good as this it’s truly an appointment not to be missed, this is a chance to see East Nashville’s finest at the top of her game – take it.

Author: Rudie Hayes

Rudie is the weekly host of the syndicated radio show - The Horseshoe Lounge Music Session - playing the best American Roots and hosting terrific live guests.

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