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Danny Myrick and Alice Peacock

Myrick/Peacock

(Self-Released; US: 20 Jun 2011; UK: 20 Jun 2011)

Alice Peacock, a Minnesota minister’s daughter and Danny Myrick, a Mississippi preacher’s son, share a kinship that is as musically similar as it is familial. With both feet firmly planted in the sounds of country traditionalism and modern folk, the duo have put together a 10 song collection that runs that gamut of emotion and sentiment.  There are airs of upbeat affirmation: “What’s Life About”, coffeehouse confessional honesty: “If You Wanna Know”, front-page rumination: “Isn’t It Amazing”, and rollicking heartland rock: “Distant Thunder”.  The songs echo a little bit of everything, from early John Cougar to ‘90’s Sheryl Crow to your pick of a “hat” country artist of the week. These tunes would fit well into the context of a modern country radio, Sirius/XM’s Outlaw Country station, or even an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. The fact that both of these artists have traversed these similar landscapes previously and have made a nifty career out of authoring some of today’s big country hits should only add credence to their collaboration. Like a lot of those current country hits, the tunes pass by pleasantly enough, but one can’t help but wish for a little more punch to the sound here and there. Together, the pair seems to have the capacity for a bit more country rock thump than what the overall product reveals.

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After recent stints in Raleigh and Jersey City, Jeff Strowe is a writer now based out of Dallas who offers forth occasional commentary on music, books, culture, and sports. His work is also featured on Glide Magazine and has written in the past for No Depression. For intermittent commentary, relevant retweets, and occasional inane banter, follow him on Twitter @JeffStrowe.


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