O' Be Joyful

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  • Band members: Michael Trent, Cary Ann Hearst
  • Summary: This is the debut release for the South Carolina husband and wife duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst.
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  1. Mojo
    May 20, 2013
    80
    Their thrilling music rooted in old country with touches of blues and gospel can't help but remind you of Jack and Meg and Johnny and June. [Jun 2013, p.93]
  2. 80
    Their debut album is a delight, from the uncomplicated bluesy strut of Tickin' Bomb to the brass inflections on the knowingly tongue-in-cheek Hail Hail.
  3. Sep 13, 2012
    80
    O' Be Joyful would be their resulting--and across-the-board winning--entrée to celebrity chefdom.
  4. Q Magazine
    May 13, 2013
    80
    All 11 tracks on the album jump, shout and twang the heartstrings, albeit with a knowing wink. [Jun 2013, p.105]
  5. Sep 13, 2012
    76
    Their new record O' Be Joyful is a delightful combination of knee-slapping, bordering-on-gospel folk tracks and bluesy guitar-driven rock.
  6. Sep 13, 2012
    60
    Most of the songs, including the strong opening track, concern the duo's history as a couple and a band.
  7. May 6, 2013
    60
    There's nothing here that we haven't heard many times before, but for many that will be the heart of their appeal.

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