Graingerâs voice soothes even as she sings of uncomfortable truths, as if to reassure that eventually, weâll find our way toward becoming better people.
Thereâs no overt country accent but her voice permeates the music like a fog, an inseparable component of each track.
"Graingerâs lyrics are introspective, capturing bits of small town life in vignettes that are purposeful and infectious. True North is able to veer from its bluegrass influences to embrace country-pop balladry with open arms. What many groups lose in the fire of lightning-fast solos, True North exemplifies with style and artistry."
âKristen Graingerâs singing is perfection. No gimmicks, nothing superfluous. Just amazing tone and killer songwriting. They [True North] are the perfect modern bluegrass bandâŠ Focusing around the terrific lead vocals of Kristen Grainger, the band shows what can happen when great songs meet great singersâŠ This is a band making wonderful musical choices. They are going deeper than mere instrumental wind sprints and reworked standards. Highly recommended.â
âKristen [Grainger]âs vocalizing exhibits the intensity of a singer with breathtaking ability comparable to Laurie LewisâŠ The band is emerging in the Northwest as one of the most endearing and passionate contributors to the Northwestâs acoustic folk repertoire. Their craftsmanship and focus squarely put the emphasis on original material, deliberative arrangements, graceful guitar, and gorgeous vocals.â
âThe band sounds quite good, and [Kristen Graingerâs] singing is lovely.â
âTrue Northâs Pluck proves that you donât need a big label or large budget to produce a fine album with first class sound. If you like your folk or bluegrass with a mellifluous edge, give True Northâs Pluck a listen.â
âBy far the strongest point of this band is the songwriting of members Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel, putting up four more great tunes this CD. âTil I Have You is a great opening song, tasty and very easy on the ears. Next is an excellent rendition of KD Langâs Luck In My Eyes, right on and cool. Desiree McRae is a cooking bluegrass tune with guest Keith Arneson on the 5-string, drivinâ right along. What a neat groove the band finds on Friday Night, soooo cookinââŠ a perfect ending for a fine CDâŠ Pluck is a hot CD with an excellent mix of bluegrass and near-bluegrass tunes with excellent recording values.â
âKristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel share in the lead vocals and are especially effective on ââTil I Have Youâ and âFriday Night.â In all, âPluckâ is a pleasant assortment of contemporary bluegrass that should expand the musical reputation of True North.â