This latest album from Virginia native Dori Freeman has all the ear-markings of a quality release; a warm, embracing voice; melodies and top of the mark accompaniment.  And Letters Never Read is just that – quality.  From the first notes to the last, Ms. Freeman has crafted an immaculate, attractive album that makes you feel – the emotions here ring as pure.

“If I Could Make You My Own” is a beautiful and touching opener, which harkens back to “classic” country – a sweeping, yearning sound and feel; her voice immediately draws you in and the music itself is instantly touching; the taut, strident yet tempered rhythm and melody of “Lovers On The Run” is a perfect country-pop piece – the dry vocals showcase the pure quality of Ms. Freeman’s voice and the piano line goes along in unison with the singing in a just right fashion and is an early high point of the album.  Ms. Freeman’s take on the Richard & Linda Thompson classic “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight” is a knockout as she makes the song her own, with an upbeat, joyful feel and gives this song a fresh perspective; the quiet and sombre tone of “That’s All Right” with its understated pedal steel runs and a simple yet powerful reverbed guitar interlude (not so much a “solo”) is another memorable track and “Over There” is as pure bluegrass, down-home fun as you can get, with just Ms. Freeman’s vocal and I’m guessing banjo strum – unless it’s a dulcimer – but either way, it’s stripped down and right on.

The pure sounds that are come out of this album are a joy; it’s the kind of listen that will diffuse you from tension; make you smile or give you pause to think and reflect.  The calming nature of Letters Never Read makes this special.  Don’t ask me why; it just is.  Listen to it and see if you agree – I think you will.


Letters Never Read will be released on Friday, October 20th, 2017.

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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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