Purely Sara Petite
Reviewed July 2006
With a voice nearly as nasal as that of cult country fave Iris DeMent, the singing of San Diego's Sara Petite can take a bit of getting used to.
By Sara Petite
Manatease Records: 2006
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Give it a chance, though, and you run serious risk of getting hooked.
On her new CD, Petite displays a confident delivery and down-to-earth charm that, coupled to 11 nicely crafted tunes, create as original a brand of country folk rock as San Diego County has heard since Eve Selis first arrived on the scene.
The arrangements incorporate banjo and fiddle as well as guitar and on some cuts, the result is deep country ("Coming Home," "Tiger Mountain"). But elsewhere, she drifts more into a rock format. And "Ruby" is folk.
And yet, despite this stylistic range, "Tiger Mountain" is a cohesive album due to the fact that every song is clearly, purely Sara Petite.
Review by Jim Trageser. Jim is a writer and editor living in Escondido, Calif., and was a contributor to the "Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD" (1993) and "The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Blues" (2005).