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ALBUM REVIEW: Elouise - Deep Water: A Collection of Songs and Recitations ( 2016

I gently put the black and gold CD into my car CD player. I hear the first beat; I’m hooked. A tune so familiar to me but I cannot yet place it. The sultry, soulful voice of Elouise (who is the singer of the band that is named after her) comes on and I immediately remember the tune, “I’ll Fly Away” from my childhood at small town musical revivals.

The dark lyrics, I recall, from a normally upbeat tempo has been reimagined with a darker tune to match.

Elouise does a phenomenal job of combining bluegrass with bluesy and darker undertones, on their debut album Deep Water, with a music style which they are calling “blackgrass.”

Blackgrass, as stated in the accompanying press release, is “the sound of sin and salvation mixed in a dark cocktail with a taste of bluegrass.

I ponder to myself, where has the blackgrass genre been my whole life?

Recorded in a living room Altadena, California, this quintet - which includes Elouise Walker, Rich Dembowski, John Chamberlin, Michelle Beauchesne, and William Bongiovanni - have renewed my love of true vocalists and real, talented musicians.

The group has utilized classical instruments mixed with a plethora of worn-down instruments, which has given new life to run down old accordions and pianos holding on to its last few notes. As a musically educated person, they have also introduced new instrument sounds to my ears, including the bandoneon and harmonium.

Bluegrass and a mixture of old hymns have been reintroduced and made new, and I am loving every beat of it! When I close my eyes with the album on, I am instantly taken to a place where the road ends, dancing in the bayou, underneath the stars surrounded by lightening bugs. The sound is hauntingly beautiful.

Elouise has instantly became one of my favorite bands, which is saying a lot, my favorites are all legends.

With the highest regard, I will add Elouise to my list.

I am so very ecstatic for the release of the album on July 15, 2016 so I can share this band with the world.

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