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fROOTS (U.K.) Reviews Elsebound

True North Elsebound : Quite outstanding blend of bluegrass-derived music from Oregon band with outstanding singer and writer Kristen Grainger.  Her songs are first class

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"The musicianship is excellent as is Grainger’s vocal work, but the album’s greatest strength may be the material."

Jeff Burger
Americana Highways

"As a writer, I suppose it’s natural for me to have a soft spot for well-written lyrics. I was gobsmacked, though, at some of the turns of phrase on the latest record from Oregonian Kristen Grainger."

Shawn Underwood
Twangville

“Kristen Grainger’s singing is perfection. No gimmicks, nothing superfluous. Just amazing tone and killer songwriting. They [True North] are the perfect modern bluegrass band… Focusing around the terrific lead vocals of Kristen Grainger, the band shows what can happen when great songs meet great singers… This is a band making wonderful musical choices. They are going deeper than mere instrumental wind sprints and reworked standards. Highly recommended.”

Kate McKenzie
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter

"Sometimes the most gentle approach accentuates the power in a lyric. Kristen Grainger & True North prove that again and again."

Mike Elliot
No Depression Magazine

"These are powerful and emotional songs. This slice of Americana deserves to be spread a little further than America's Northwest."


Americana U.K.

"The music of True North is a contemporary blend of bluegrass sensibilities, singer/songwriter craft and a spirit that is willing to go where the song leads them. The harmonies of Kristen and co-band leader and husband Dan Wetzel are beautiful and reveal an intimate depth to them."

Gareth Jenkins
Music From The True Vine, Bluegrass Express.

"The songs ring with resolute determination even though they ply each of their arrangements with carefully considered subtlety and finesse."

Lee Zimmerman Bluegrass Today

"What are front and center are Grainger’s songwriting, which is graceful and intelligent, and her singing, which is beautiful but plainspoken and becomes heart-stopping when combined in harmony with that of guitarist Dan Wetzel." the musical reputation of True North.”

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