Author: April S. Engram
10/13/11 | Blurt | www.blurt-online.com/reviews/view/3383/ | Record Review
Chris (vocals/guitar/keyboards) and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney (bass/keyboard)-with the help of Chris Phillips on drums - comprise new band Big Harp. Their debut album White Hat revels in the country-folk of yesteryear; and though far from groundbreaking, the LA based husband/wife duo has crafted an organic album lavished in minimalist music and catchy melodies.White Hat opens and closes with the cautionary narrative of "Nadine" who, like most protagonists "in every other song," moved to California. And in between these bookends White Hat slowly wakens with its calm, laid-back numbers. A bit of blues is felt within songs like "Everybody Pays" and "All Bets Are Off" while the almost jazzy, slightly more upbeat "Out in the Field" is a fine closer before "Oh Nadine."And Chris' deep, laid-back vocals fit the mold perfectly as he carries us though the tales Big Harp strings together. With smart lyrics and Chris' entrancing vocals White Hat is a promising debut.