Roanoke, fronted by Taylor Dupuis & Joey Beesley, spearhead these excellent pickers. The hi-touch music busts out the mandolin, fiddle and organ on hooky material that is rustic and homespun. The almost a-cappella “Jordan” makes Biblical references in a song about riding a cool, cleansing current back to a better place. “The Light” could be ideal for a rom-com movie sequence. It could depict, say, a guy and a girl dancing together by a starlight campfire. “Heavy Goodbyes” has a theme about avoiding the sorrow of parting. The band’s weakness is most evident: Dupuis’ voice sometimes overpowers that of her cohort Beesley, and their harmonies and unison singing are inconsistent. Nevertheless, there’s plenty to praise here.
Roanoke - "Jordan"