REVIEW: Sam Coe & The Long Shadows – ‘Santa Fe’ EP

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Here’s a five-track EP, released independently, with a country spirit. It ticks all the boxes in what you want from a hot new country EP. Moving On, the opening track, conjures up a lady on horseback with a lovely desert vibe about the whole track. Especially good are the pretty harmonies, the arrangement with twanging guitar and mandolin, and the lovely syncopation in the chorus.

The title track contains the spirit of the great female vocalists of the last twenty years; Shawn Colvin (who has recently worked with Steve Earle) and Lisa Loeb to name two. Jealousy veers towards ‘country-funk’ with its two-note riff, while Tellin’ Lies is remarkably calm for a song where the protagonist realises she has been done wrong. No Sympathy rollicks along, cramming the words into the metres: my favourite is ‘cowgirl-loving casanova’.

A harsher reviewer might not take to Sam’s rather unorthodox voice, but that would be like chastising Bob Dylan for being too nasal. This is lovely country music, produced to emphasise Sam’s unique vocal, and it deserves a wide audience.

Jonny Brick

BIO:

Sam Coe & The Long Shadows hail from the Suffolk/Norfolk border… deep in rural East Anglia, they formed in 2015 when Sam was yearning to return to the Country Music routes she was brought up on.

The band create honest, country music songs combined with just the right amount of pop. Catchy riffs, clever songwriting and hints towards the more traditional country genre create a Pop/Country sound likened to Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price or The Dixie Chicks.

Sam Coe & The Long Shadows are…

Sam (Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar)
Steve (Dobro and Lap Steel)
Giff (Bass Guitar)
Mark (Lead Guitar)
Wayne (Drums)

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