by Rick Moore
Leslie Cours Mather’s bio says she’s lived all over the world, but she sings about how her heart is in the South on her new self-penned single, “Countrified.” She obviously means it. Shades of Shania Twain combined with the mountain sweetness of the young Dolly Parton, the energy of Miranda Lambert, and the pitch-perfectness of Barbara Mandrell pretty much define her voice, and her delivery is on the money.
The production is almost as much Southern rock as it is country, with piano and horns ala Skynyrd that give the record an extra jolt, along with some smokin’ Nashville country guitar. She may live in Southern California at the moment, but when Mather sings, I’m a countrified, bona fide, Southern fried woman with a little bit of city on the side, it comes across as absolute truth with every note.
If the rest of the material on her upcoming album of the same name is even close to being as good as this single is, she’d better reserve some room on her studio wall for a lot of awards.
For more, visit www.lesliecoursmather.com
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