Having spent the American summers of 2013 and 2014 on the country music festival circuit and performing on stage with big names like Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, Sasha McVeigh has already started to build up a following for the release of her debut album I Stand Alone. It’s a cracking record with enough variety to let us know that she has a lot of creative ability but still sounds well at home alongside her Country contemporaries. What was a massive bonus for me was how personal the delivery was throughout the album. For example in the first track “Mr Brown Eyes” she giggles halfway through the second verse, and you can just imagine her smiling and having a great time as she was recording. Her delivery comes across in a way that tells us she really loves what she is doing when she is writing and performing. Not only can Sasha McVeigh write songs that are really enjoyable to listen to for their melodies and relatable lyrics, her vocals are clean, dynamic and do every song justice. A highlight is the stripped back “Crooked Road” where she has a particularly intimate connection with the listener and, at moments, reminds you of Alison Krauss. At other times, like in the rockier “Hot Mess”, she gives a little more attitude to equally pleasurable effect. Sasha stays true to her passion for country qualities throughout the record, from themes of lost chances in romance, to distinct vocal harmonies and, of course, the pedal steel guitar wafting around subtly in the background. It’s hard to come up with something unique in country song writing, but I Stand Alone is an album that suggests Sasha McVeigh is going to be a really significant figure in country music further down the road.
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