[Thanks to The Nashville Blues Society! — story by Sheryl & Don Crow]
Sarah Lou Richards moved from Wisconsin to Nashville in 2007, Sarah Lou Richards moved from Wisconsin to Nashville in 2007, to be closer to the music she loves, a hybrid blend of pop, contemporary country, and Americana.
Toss that together with her innate way with lyrics, and you have one winning combination, indeed! It all comes full-circle on her latest release, “Someone Who Gets Me.” Produced by Adrian Suarez, the thirteen originals herein combined the use of guitar and pedal steel over layered harmonies. And, Sarah’s voice is a thing of beauty as she easily goes from powerful to a whisper dependent upon a song’s needs.
The songs mirror life’s major events–falling in love, marriage, giving birth, and personal empowerment by staying true to one’s convictions. The set leads off with one of those songs of empowerment, “High On A Hill,” which cleverly incorporates the chorus from Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin” as the song closes. Those beautiful harmonies pervade a song about finding that special “Someone Who Gets Me,” and the hollow pain of loss is spelled out in “After The Storm,” where “over seems a silly place to start.” She pays a sweet tribute to the births of her niece and nephew with “Jaidyn’s Lullaby,” and “Song For Peaches,” and closes the set with a celebration of weddings, the lush “Love Always Wins.”
We loved two cuts, tho, that show her versatility as a writer. “The Fisherman” traces the daily grind of a woman married to a man who is also married to the sea. And, the set’s most unusual cut was borne right down at the Crossroads, a bluesy love song told from a man’s point of view. Yup, as it always seems to play out, “my baby blue beauty had a wandering eye,” along with the usual ensuing consequences. The grungy, hellhound guitar is courtesy of Mr. Suarez, too.
Sarah Lou Richards has an eclectic sound that plays to her strengths of great vocals and rich songwriting. She brings the events and characters of “Someone Who Gets Me” into vivid focus on this most excellent collection! Until next time … Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.