I became aware of Laura's music in Oct of 2002, when I saw her opening for Elivs Costello on two different evenings. What first struck me was her voice....pure and true. Put that in front of a great group of instrumentalist (Jon Graboff holds the band together like glue, adding tasty pedal stell and mandolin parts, in addition to breaking out the Rick 12 string on some of the Jangly tunes) and you have the ingredients for an amazing experience. Soon after seeing her in concert, I purchased both of her CD's. Both CD's seem to be in the same vein (both have a few rockers, a few country songs, and some more folksy things), and are very well balanced. At first I thought the albums, (though great), had a very dry sound to them (dry in the sense that there was no reverb or other effect on the voice), but I have since come to like the production as well as I like the songs and singing, and really appreciate the no nonsense way of presenting this batch of tunes. In short, Laura Cantrell (and band) have become one of my favorite bands, and I listen to her two albums (and her 1996 EP release, Hello) on a regular basis. I most recently saw her perform in late June at a small club in Nashville and had the pleasure of talking with her for a bit. In addition to being a great singer/songwriter, she is also a very nice person. Talent, beauty, and a great personality: There must be a flaw somewhere, but I haven't found it yet!! All of her albums have my highest recomendation.