Earlier this week I got this CD in the mail from my cousin, who is related to this singer/songwriter by marriage. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the songs and the tonality of her voice, even though it isn't the type of music to which I usually listen. I met her once, before she moved to Nashville, but I didn't hear her sing in person. One day, I hope to remedy that.
Go to her website to listen to one or more of the songs. My favorite (so far) is "God Lives in Arkansas."
Album notes include: "The songs on this album were born out of feelings of appreciation I have for the smallest parts of my life. I used to hate where I came from, and I couldn't wait to get out of the country and finally start my life. Now, however, after years of hard-won wisdom, I drive out of the city, beyond the suburbs, past the rolling hay fields on the way to McEwen and I love it all: the countryside, tiny towns, old grocery stores, dusty feed mills, junky cars in overgrown yards and everything in between....."
Louise is the WINNER of the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition of 2009.