Letitia VanSant

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“…part Iris DeMent with a little Dolly Parton (and maybe even some Rose Maddox) thrown in. But after repeated listens, the quality of her songwriting begins to come out. She’s a clever woman with a lot to say. She claims that much of her music is motivated by a cross-country bike ride she took as well as her Quaker beliefs, but you don’t have to be a biking Quaker catch the drift. And she doesn’t try to write like she’s living in Tennessee in 1933 either. The outstanding opener, “Macy’s Parking Lot,” makes the eponymous landscape sound as high and lonesome as the riverbank of any murder ballad. And up-paced album standout “Neighbors’ House” turns the lines “Did you see the neighbors’ house burning”? into an incongruously joyous thumper, making you wonder, just what kind of neighbor the peaceful VanSant might really be—until she sings “I admit a tiny part of me wishes we were them/ for such a clear excuse to start again.”

Baynard Woods in the Baltimore CityPaper