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The Valley

by The Whiskey Charmers

The Whiskey Charmers serve up another round of their signature “Country Noir” on their second studio release, The Valley with eleven new original songs.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. Desert
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2. The Valley
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3. Melody
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4. Meet Me There
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5. Dirty Little Blues
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6. Fireproof
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7. Full Moon
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8. Songbird
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9. Red Wine
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10. Coal
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11. Warnings
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The Whiskey Charmers “The Valley” – Floorshime Zipper Boots 10/5/2017

“The Valley is the sophomore album from Detroit band The Whiskey Charmers. The eleven tracks flawlessly blend blues rock, alt-country and folk rock into a masterful album that is sultry, swinging, heavy when it should be and intimate at all times. This is a band unafraid to show their grasp of somewhat arcane styles, by dragging them into a modern interpretation that works from start to finish. Highlighted by strong vocals and musicianship, this album is a must have. Stream and buy The Valley at the following link.” – Floorshime Zipper Boots – 10/5/2017

The Whiskey Charmers “The Valley” (Sweet Apple Pie, 2017) by Muff Fitzgerald, Americana UK 9/1/2017

“They have been described as country noir, outlaw, and roots, however, they prefer to describe themselves as Ameripolitan; the term coined by Dale Watson, that covers all those styles that aren’t mainstream country and which has its own annual award ceremony. Ray ‘Can you open a window?’ Benson from Asleep At The Wheel presented last year’s Ameripolitan gongs. It’s quite likely that The Valley might garner one such, this year.

The Whiskey Charmers first, critically acclaimed and eponymously named album was recorded live over 11 hours; The Valley took them 14 months. This time around they decided to track the album so they could experiment and add some overdubs. It was a very good decision. The production is excellent. They have produced a set of superbly crafted songs that run the gamut from doom, despair and insecurity to coquettish seduction, written mainly by Carrie along with breath-taking guitar work by Lawrence…” – Muff Fitzgerald, Americana UK – 9/1/2017

The Whiskey Charmers-The Valley- Review by Frank Gutch Jr, No Depression August 24, 2017

“You know, writing reviews can sometimes be a chore, the occasional five-song EP hard to get through, but The Valley left me wanting more. In fact, the ender (“Warnings”) has me stopped in my tracks. It is reminiscent of a song I have heard many times and holds a very special place in my heart but I’ll be damned if I can remember who did it. What I do remember is that it had a major impact on me when I heard it and that I played the hell out of it for a long time. No worries. It will come to me and “Warnings” will suffice for now, but, damn, I wish I could remember. If only to compare what I consider excellent tunes.” – Frank Gutch Jr, No Depression – August 24, 2017

A Brooding New Album and a Brooklyn Show from Dark Country Band the Whiskey Charmers – The New York Music Daily, August 18, 2017

“…Dark country band the Whiskey Charmers made a big splash with their 2015 debut album. Their new one, The Valley – streaming at Bandcamp – takes their Lynchian twang and shuffle and raises the energy: this is much more of a blue-flame electric rock record…. “Been looking for you lately on my lawn…been looking for you in the back of my car,” Shepard muses in the swaying, melancholy Red Wine. The album’s most epic track is Coal, a majestically gloomy, metaphorically bristling anthem that could be the Dream Syndicate at their countriest, capped off by a searing, careening Daversa solo. The album winds up with Warnings, an Americana-pop song in Halloween disguise. You have been warned: this band is going places. Catch them now before it costs you big bucks at a venue like Bowery Ballroom.” – The New York Music Daily, August 18, 2017

American Roots UK Review of The Valley by Mike Morrison 8.15.17

“This is their second album and to my ears, whilst their debut was excellent, this recording leaves it a little in the shade, having pretty much defined their style on this album that has the subtlety of artists such as the Cowboy Junkies but with greater depth, textures and variety. The band consists of Carrie Shepard, who handles all lead vocals and acoustic guitar and Lawrence Daversa who plays electric and acoustic guitars, steel guitar and harmony vocals and shows incredible restraint in his inventive guitar playing, knowing that less notes often equate to more in creating an atmosphere of great depth and quality….Just two albums in to their recording career and I genuinely list the Whiskey Charmers as one of my favourite 21st century bands.” – Mike Morrison, American Roots UK 8.15.17

Review of The Valley by Rootstime.BE – 7/05/17

(Translated from Dutch)
“The voice of singer Carrie Shepard, in some songs, reminds of “Cowboy Junkies” front lady Margot Timmons, among others in opening track “Desert”, the magnificent country ballad “Meet Me There” (see video), “Fireproof”, “Songbird” And our favorite songs “Red Wine” and the “Warnings” featured by Lawrence Daversa on guitars…

This new CD of The Whiskey Charmers is a confirmation of all the good we expected from the duo after the release of their titled debut album two years ago. Carrie Shepard’s capacity as a songwriter grows over the years, and vocals are also gaining momentum from the corner. We therefore suspect that in the near future we will be able to welcome a lot more beautiful music from The Whiskey Charmers.” – Rootstime.Be – 07/05/2017

Review of The Valley by Lonesome Highway – Stephen Rapid – 6/19/17

“Together with a selection of players they deliver a solid slice of Americana. From their base in Detroit they dispense their desert tones that sounds like they might orientate closer to the Mexican rather than the Canadian border. Indeed, the opening song is called Desert. They produced the album themselves (their second) and it a concise, clear sound that is centered around Daversa’s guitar and Shepard’s voice, both of which are compelling elements of the Whiskey Charmers appeal. Daversa bring different guitar sounds to the songs as appropriate but in each case, underlines his importance to defining their music. Equally Shepard has a vocal dexterity that allows her voice a certain enduring smokey whiskey charm….”

“Overall there is an air of brooding restraint and darkness to the songs that set an overall mood to the album that is suitable to some late night noir listening. As with a lot of Americana albums the overall direction here provides nothing that is outside of the parameters of such a wide-ranging form. Rather its appeal is in its execution and the strength of the songs themselves. All the elements here are blended to produce an album of lasting quality. One to be shared.” – Lonesome Highway 6/19/17

The Whiskey Charmers Take Us to The Valley- Turnstyled Junkpiled- 6/9/17

The Whiskey Charmers serve up another round of their signature “Country Noir” on their second studio release, The Valley. Picking up where they left off, the Charmers create a moody, atmospheric soundscape that plays like the soundtrack to a film noir/spaghetti western mashup. Simultaneously foreboding and alluring, The Whiskey Charmers music is as tempting as forbidden fruit. – Brian Rock, TJ Music – June 9th, 2017

The Whiskey Charmers “The Valley” Album Review – Rainbow Exotic – 5/30/17

“Waking up this past Sunday morning and starting my day with this wonderfully mellow country album was a serious treat. The Whiskey Charmers new record The Valley is the sophomore album for the Detroit-based group, led by Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa. Many fans compare this group’s sound to a top-down ride through the desert, but with a heavy dose of 2-and-4 accents and some variety in the gait, I found it to be more of a gallop through the Wild West.

Coincidentally (or perhaps not), the first track off this album is entitled “Desert,” which offers an immediate introduction into the style of the entire record – sweet female vocals with support male harmonies in all parts of the song, not just the chorus. Contrast that with the rocking percussive intro to the title track, The Valley, and you know things have yet to settle.” Rainbow Exotic Music – May 30, 2017

Top Ten Songs of the Week – Alternate Root Magazine – 4/15/17

“The Whiskey Charmers are sending shadows back into the murky swamp as they make a stand on the title track from the recent release, The Valley. The Detroit, Michgan-based band pound out a warning to the hidden menace creeping up “The Valley” on their second album release.” – Alternate Root Magazine 4/15/17

Three Chords and the Truth UK- April 12, 2017

“For a touch of expansive escapism there is no finer place to transport your mind than in the world of The Whiskey Charmers. In a dreamy haze of romanticised roaming THE VALLEY leads you on a mystical journey that frees suburbanites from any remnants of mundane reality. This is the duo’s brand new album and is a highly anticipated follow up to their self-titled debut release in 2015. The Whiskey Charmers have a core line up of Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa, hail from Detroit Michigan and are the key architects of a record successful in luring any mind wandering admirer of Americana music.” – Three Chords and the Truth UK – April 12, 2017

Twangri-La – April 14, 2017

“The Valley is a keeper for sure. I know, there have been a lot of keepers this year. Don’t blame me because this has been a banner year for Americana and roots music so far. We are the beneficiaries of all this talent. Put The Whiskey Charmers on the list.” – Twangri-La 4/14/17

Detroit Metro Times – April 12, 2017

“The Valley is thoughtful, energetic, and improves on their thoughtful and well-crafted genre exercises. (It’s better recorded too, as the band will tell you themselves). When Metro Times last spoke to the Charmers last year, it was to spread word about their crowdfunding efforts to fund the release of the album. That didn’t go quite as planned, so let’s pick up where we left off.” – Daniel Siwka,
Detroit Metro Times 4/12/17

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