Dehlia Low – Ravens & Crows

by Chuck Dauphin

I don’t really know how to describe the music of Dehlia Low. They are on Rebel Records, so that must mean they are Bluegrass, right? But, at the same time, there’s a tinge of old-school Country on this album that is very much apparent when Anya Hinkle and Stacy Claude combine their musical talents.

Listen to tracks like “$40 Chain” and “State Of Jefferson,” and you will hear a harmony that will mystify and command your attention. They truly sound like one together. I tried to think of someone to compare their style to, and the only act I could come up with 80s alt-country siren Gail Davies. You can hear that comparison best on “Goin’ Down” and “Ride.” Of course, if you’re familiar with the music of Davies, you can correctly assume that to be a compliment!

At the start of this review, I referred to a couple tracks having that old-school Country feel. They are “Drifting On A Lonesome Sea” and “What Do You Think Of Her Now?” The latter, especially, sounds like it could have been a lost cut off of the O’Brother soundtrack.

All along the way, there are some impressive instrumental performances from Hinkle on the fiddle, Claude and Aaron Ballance on the guitars, Greg ‘Stig’ Stigleta on the bass, and Bryan Clendenin on the mandolin, which proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that Dehlia Low is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the musical world for some time to come!

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