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Sonia Leigh & Friends

Perhaps the first thing which caught my eye on this CD is that it is by Sonia Leigh & Friends.   Not only is the name comparable, but the music is as well when you think of other artists who have been Solo Name & Group such as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Neil Young & Crazy Horse.   While I will admit that those group names are cool, I do enjoy Sonia Leigh being with "Friends" because it gives you the impression that this is a group of people getting together to play music because they all love music and since they are friends they share a common opinion on it as well, which just feels like it puts them more on the same page than anything else.

The first thing you hear on this CD is a piece which is strictly piano.   It's a nice way to open up not just this album but any really and it just kind of goes to show what you're in store for-- it's not something done to be cool but rather as a display of the technical skills involved in the making of these songs and more of a way of letting everyone know we are on the same page in that we know all of the effort being put into the following songs.   From Reba to Melissa, there is even some Lynyrd Skynyrd as states from Mississippi to Alabam are name dropped.   Though there are country vibes to this, it's not the type of country you hear on the radio but has more of a Americana/rock n roll vibe to it.


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