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My Girl the River — This Ain’t No Fairytale (20 June 2016)

My Girl the River — This Ain’t No Fairytale (20 June 2016)

            My Girl the River — This Ain’t No Fairytale My Girl the River — This Ain’t No Fairytale (20 June 2016)♠   Maybe home is a place you can get back to after all.
Location: Covington, LA ~ Jackson, MS and Nashville, TN, United States
Album release: 20 June 2016
Record Label: Super Tiny Records
Duration:     44:39
01 The Rabbit Hole     4:01
02 Woods Behind Our House     3:45
03 Come Back to Nashville     4:01
04 Covington     3:34
05 This Ain’t No Fairytale     3:58
06 Where I Belong     4:54
07 Giving up on Giving up on You     4:11
08 American Bride     4:28
09 Love Is     3:10
10 Bring It on Down     2:47
11 Dollar for the Causeway     3:12
12 The Last Song     4:18
℗ 2016 Super Tiny RecordsPersonnel:
♠   Kris Wilkinson Hughes  vocalist, guitarist, writer
♠   Joe Hughes  bassist, vocalist, writter
and occasional guests..
♠   Created by Kris Wilkinson Hughes, My Girl The River was born out of a song. ‘The Last Song’ was the first song written for this americana, alt country, folk and roots project. Kris, hailing from Louisiana (and having lived in Jackson, MS and Nashville, TN) and English bassist Joe Hughes, have created a gorgeous collection of songs. As one fan responded ‘it’s like a delicately passionate love letter to the American South, soulfully crafted into something really special. Kris  has a voice like sugared espresso, low and evocative with a sweet aftertaste and her eloquently confessional lyrics hit you right in the heart.’
♠   Along with some astonishingly gifted musicians (Jonathan Byrd, Will Kimbrough, Nick Pynn, Max Milligan, Kristin Wilkinson, Jacob Chano Lundby, John Garden and Tom Moth) they are very pleased to offer up their debut album ‘This Ain’t No Fairytale’. Described as ‘stunning’, it is mainly inspired by Kris’ upbringing in the American Deep South, bringing to life anecdotes, half–truths, white lies and fables. Ranging from alt–country and folk to Americana and roots, it ticks every box. It was recorded in the front room of Kris and Joe’s house in November 2015 and mixed by John Garden, produced by Kris, mastered by Mick Conley (Suzy Bogguss, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart), with art direction by James Marsh (Talk Talk).
♠   Tour dates are booking in: support for Laura Cantrell, Cale Tyson, House of Mercy Radio and the legendary Isle of Wight festival.Review
By Ben Rosner | April 18, 2016 | 1:00pm | Score: 8.1
♠   My Girl The River’s fabulous debut album, This Ain’t No Fairytale, is a lovely mélange of Americana–Roots music. Kris Wilkinson Hughes developed the project. Hughes, indigenous to Louisiana and a former resident of the epicenter of roots music, Nashville, seems to revel in writing songs about the southern United States. Songs like “Come Back To Nashville” and “Covington” bring to mind works by other fellow alt-country musicians Jason Isbell and Lucinda Williams. These tracks, although enjoyable in every setting, feel like they would be best appropriate for road trips across the Great American interstates and byways.
♠   Although the record feels about as American as apple pie, Kris’s husband and bassist on the album, Joe, is a native of the United Kingdom. The Hughes have been residents of Bedford, England for approximately 18 years, and although they live very far away from Nashville and Covington, Louisiana, all of these songs still feel very deep rooted in the customs and traditions of southern Americana. Clearly the upbringing and early life of Kris in the south had a major weight on her, as every song is distinctly all–American.
♠   This Ain’t No Fairytale has an array of great songs. One of the standouts is the fantastic “Woods Behind Our House.” With a roots–based acoustic feel, this song is also the first single from the album. It demonstrates very well the knack that My Girl The River has for exceptional songwriting. Another knockout is “Come Back to Nashville,” reflecting Kris’s love and nostalgia for the Music City.
♠   It is important to note that while Kris is the frontwoman for the group, her husband Joe is the primary songwriter behind this project. Joe is also a successful songwriter in his own right, and even co–wrote the Annie Lennox smash hit, “No More ‘I Love You’s.’” Kris and Joe are a pair to be reckoned with.
♠   The album’s conclusion “The Last Song” was actually the first song written for the project. This is the perfect way to close the album, and leave the listener hooked for the next entry in My Girl The River’s catalogue. With This Ain’t No Fairytale, one can only hope that we don’t have long to wait until the next chapter in their saga. Overall, this debut album’s title reigns true. While this record may not be a fairytale, it will become something that is just as celebrated over the years to come. ♠   https://www.pastemagazine.com/
Jonathan Aird, Score: 7
♠   https://www.americana-uk.com/cdreviews/item/my-girl-the-river-this-ain-t-no-fairytale
Label: http://www.supertinyrecords.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mygirltheriver/

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