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Music Review - `Dream Girl` by Juliet Simmons Dinallo (bm)

Juliet Simmons Dinallo  - Dream Girl (click on image to watch video)

 16 March 2019

 

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Boston-bred, Berklee-trained country artist Juliet Simmons Dinallo navigates the music of her new stomping ground, Nashville, on Dream Girl.

Simmons Dinallo didn’t stick with one strand of country music while cutting this album alongside producers Michael Dinallo and Ducky Carlisle— known in part for their work with Stax legend Eddie Floyd (“Knock on Wood”). Instead, she spans the timeline of pop-accessible yet tradition-honoring trends. The sunshiny title track sounds like a more grown-up take on the Everly Brothers’ teen-accessible vision of country music. She also hat-tips the Nashville Sound with the lush strings that introduce “Someone For You.” Harmonious, old-time singalongs “Fly (a Prayer for Sandy Hook)” and “Moonshine and Sweet Tea” resemble Emmylou Harris’ bluegrass phase from the early ‘80s. The album even celebrates ‘90s country’s stadium-packing anthems with “Tennessee” and “Until I Go.”

The supporting cast includes mandolin, fiddle and banjo player Tim Carter, a North Carolina native with ties to the famous Carter family. He’s played for years with his brother, Danny Carter, in the Carter Brothers Band.

In all, the follow-up to 2013’s critically-acclaimed No Regrets adds personal touches to timeless sounds from the great state of Tennessee. It’s yet another worthwhile road map for songwriters interested in crossing individuality with the Country Music Hall of Fame’s creed: “honor thy music.”

 

 

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