2016 Honorable Mention Pick 20

Dori Freeman: Dori Freeman (Dori Freeman/Free Dirt, 2016).

A country/roots/folk record by a female artist with a voice that fits right into the country tradition — the sad song part of it any way.

The first three tunes are the best on the record, in my opinion, and then she gets a little poppier and then a little torchy/Peggy Lee and then back to the lonesome country sounds for the last third of the record.

The record sounds great, the playing is solid, the arrangements are very good without really standing out but it’s Freeman’s voice that pulls you in.

Check her out — I’ve clipped the first and third tunes below for your listening pleasure.

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