Though an Australian who lives in Britain and is married to a Canadian, Juanita Stein has long drawn on American country – her debut solo album was called America (QRO review). But she is not some Nashville new country CMA gal, rather an authentic voice with an authentic twang on third record Snapshot.
Yes, there is some great road-twang in “L.O.T.F.” (QRO review) that lives up to its full name (“Land of the Free”), but Snapshot ranges across the range. There’s the sweet sway of opener “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6” and the wry, knowing smile to closer “In the End”. She’s world-weary & world-wise on “Lucky”, while “Hey Mama” brings touching beauty. The title track throws a nice change with haunting effects, and “The Mavericks” (QRO review) is a quieter echo journey.
Wherever you are, you’re likely stuck inside right now, having given up on travel to your regular bar, let alone far-flung locales. But enjoy the wide-open skies & sounds of Juanita Stein on Snapshot.