Album Review: Risa Binder - Nashville (Score: 8/10)

risa-binder-nashville-epThis is a strong cross-section of contempo- rary country that embraces traditional roots as well. A native of Maryland—by way of N.Y.C.—vocalist Risa Binder claims to be a city girl who has always had an affinity for rural life. She delivers in a big way here as a competent interpreter of song as well as a notable songwriter in her own right. In particular, the title track seems to depict her life story of trying to make it as an artist in Nashville. But, really, she nails the anticipation and raw emotion of anyone that has taken a risk in search of a dream. – Eric A. Harabadian