Long has a lot more going for her than just good looks.
Talent, for one thing, comes to mind. She may hail from
small town Dawson Springs, Kentucky, but her self-titled
debut three-tracker shows a big and refreshing energy while
adding a new name to the country roster.
While some of Long’s talent
trail remains a secret –regular readers will know of my
quirky, but well-founded, annoyance with artists hiding
their bio details; I mean why tease in the publicity blurb
“she’s kin to a very famous writer and singer” and then not
tell us who – ho hum. That aside, I do know one thing. This
gal can sing.
And that, dear reader, is no
Painted as a blend of Carrie
Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson, her
publicity flier is not far from its intended mark. There is
a raw and driving blend of country fuel in all Long
delivers. Her voice can soar. Her voice can calm, all the
while holding listener interest. And, given the competitive
forces at play at radio, you need every hook and handle to
have a hope of a chance, let alone a career.
And it’s a career Long wants.
She has played the fairs. She’s
played the halls. She knows the jamborees. She’s done the
tip jar gigs. Now it’s time to check out the real
possibilities. This extended–play proves she’s ready.
The album opens with the
harmony-rich nod to the power of love against a backdrop of
a glow, river and a Kentucky nightfall, the moody “Madness
Of The Moon”. The song, well favored by her on-line fan
club, is the track currently enjoying radio interest.
“Watch Me Drive Away” is one of two songs
here penned by Long. Produced by Gene Higgins, the track,
hard-hitting and biting with female independence, strikes a
blow for a woman who sees clearly that the rut of routine is
not for her.
The CD rounds out with “Always,
You Know Who”. The melodic ballad shows a crafted
appreciation of radio-friendly and fan-drawing interests.
Long’s voice aches with the needed emotion, making the
track, to my ears at least, the strongest cut and the one
that if picked up could lead somewhere.
The album is available now. All
three songs can be heard and purchased at Misti Long’s
Myspace site listed below.