The Peasall Sisters - Home to You

The Peasall Sisters
Home to You


First Appeared in The Music Box, May 2006, Volume 13, #5

Written by John Metzger


Despite their young age — Sarah is 18, Hannah is 14, and Leah is 12 — The Peasall Sisters makes extraordinarily seasoned music. Having spent five years in the business — it made its debut singing In the Highways on the Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack — the trio could be considered a veteran ensemble. The very notion that its sophomore effort Home to You was produced by none other than John Carter Cash and its backing band includes guitarist Randy Scruggs, mandolin player Jamie Hartford, and bass player Dennis Crouch lends even greater weight to its endeavors. Even so, it’s the gals’ otherworldly vocal harmonies that lend the material its tremendous emotional resonance. On the title track and Logtown, both of which are original compositions, The Peasall Sisters mines the same sentimental, pop-oriented vein as Alison Krauss. Elsewhere, however, the collective brings to mind a bluegrass-hued rendition of The Andrews Sisters on Freight Train Blues, and it effectively explores the sometimes contentious relationship between mothers and daughters on the heartbreaking Gray County Line. Indeed, Home to You contains none of the cloying cuteness that typically flows from adolescent acts, and instead, it stands as an understated and charming collection of old-time music that, in the spirit of the Carter Family, also is remarkably satisfying. starstarstar

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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