Year of the Album — #015
The Wailin’ Jennys – “Bright Morning Stars” (2011, Red House Records)
If you’re looking for the next great crossover folk album, look no further than the Wailin’ Jenny’s Bright Morning Stars. The album, from Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Juno-award winning folk combo, is one of the finest folk albums to come out in years, blending classic Americana songwriting with a tinge of early Dixie Chicks styled harmonics, and it’s the kind of album which plays so cohesively from start to finish it will dare you not to listen repeatedly.
Bright Morning Stars is currently charting at #12 on Billboard’s Folk Albums chart and at #4 on the Bluegrass chart. Wouldn’t it be great, though, if the album were to catch on with fans of general country? In a world where Taylor Swift is a worldwide superstar bringing pop music to so called “traditional” country stations, it’s about time real roots music made a comeback. This album is the most deserving so far of 2011 to get that shot.
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