How Sweet the Sound

Just for the record, Grand Rapids is home to a national treasure:  WYCE- 88.1, THE community radio station. Proudly eclectic, this little station provides a platform for local musicians to be heard internationally and international artists to be heard locally.

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I have the great fortune to be a new music reviewer for WYCE, and last summer I was turned on to a great singer-songwriter from California by the name of Anna Laube. After posting the review on my blog, I soon began a correspondence with Anna via Facebook and Twitter. When Anna released her new CD this month, Pool All the Love- Pool All The Knowledge, she sent me an advanced copy to check out.

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Maybe it is great marketing or just perfect timing, but this CD is like the beginning days of spring.  Fresh and optimistic.  After a dreary Michigan winter;  the snow melts, the sun begins to shine and everything begins hopping a bit more.   Pool All the Love-Pool All The Knowledge is that “first few days of spring”, a sensational follow-up to Outta My Head. In my first review, I compared her to a young Bonnie Raitt.  Other reviewers touched on a Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton sound to Anna’s recordings.   A little country, a little folk but a voice all her own.  A few tracks to check out from her new CD;  This Moment with Me and Hippie Boyfriend have the alt-country thing going on.  Blue Angel is more of a traditional country sound but with a real contemporary feel to it.  The entire CD is worth a download.

If you are ready for spring and looking for a new, fresh sound to add to your playlist, check out Anna Laube’s Pool All the Love-Pool All The Knowledge.  It certainly has the Craic on the Grand seal of approval! It doesn’t get any better than that!

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