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Amanda Pearcy / Press

“#7 on the 2013 Year End List of the EuroAmericana Chart; #1 on the March 2013 EuroAmericana Chart; #2 on the Feb. & April Charts.”

“I do not see any reason why Amanda Pearcy cannot be as big as Lucinda Williams. In my humble opinion her album is more consistent in quality than any of Williams' albums. Live I was impressed, Pearcy was completely convincing, on record Amanda Pearcy has convinced me as well. From ballads, to country songs and from folk to roots rock, Amanda Pearcy is like a fish in water in all genres. And her voice, it is not an average voice. It has a rough edge, but contains sweetness and compassion as well, with an ability to change to a deeper register. A fascinating voice that is extremely pleasant to listen to. A star ought to be born sometime soon.”

“Amanda Pearcy’s set in our Saturday showcase at NERFA (Northeast Regional Folk Alliance) was so powerful that I said she was “a female version of Steve Earle.” It was partially the Texas connection and the gravity of her performance but I’ll stand by that statement. She might lean a little harder on the romance than Earle, but there’s a hardscrabble grittiness to her that’s irresistible. Her song “The Story Of My Heart” might just be illustrative of that… A song of leaving, “Unbind,” with its shimmering sadness, shows some of that grit… If Amanda takes a break from Austin to visit New York City, we’ll do our best to give her a warm welcome.”

“4**** 'Royal Street' is an album that you simply must go and listen, because it is nothing but a first class stunner. ”

“Texas-born and raised Amanda Pearcy produces music as wide and varied as the Lone Star State. …she travels down a wide-ranging Americana highway with touches of blues, a little country, gospel, Tex-Mex and a whole lot besides… produced by the vastly underrated Tim Lorsch… Apart from the Rolling Stones’ “No Expectations” and the traditional spiritual “Wish I’s In Heaven Settin’ Down” all songs are penned by Pearcy…with great sensitivity, soul and emotion. The gently acoustic “Bring You Home” is full of pathos with a stunning vocal and a gorgeous Lorsch string arrangement.”

“4.5**** If, like Ray Wylie Hubbard, you believe that the essence of songwriting is to tear strips off your soul, then Pearcy is your girl. Or, rather, your woman… Pearcy has a fully realized album, in the truest sense of the word. Her twelve songs are extraordinarily well crafted, each one, though they vary in tempo and style, is given its own individual setting and atmosphere, Pearcy modulating her expressive vocals to maximize the effect of her poetic lyrics and evocative melodies… You can play this over and over and still not plumb its depths.”

“Strong stuff…reminiscent of Mary Gauthier…it’s a fair bet that several country divas would give their eye teeth to get a hold of “Lackin’ In Nothin‘”…If the above weren’t enough, Pearcy reaches deep down and produces a couple of tear jerking ballads that could stop you in your tracks. The emotional vocal delivery of “Nickel In The Vase” sends shivers down the spine. In a similar vein the title song is a superb piece. Pearcy has an attractive bluesy husk of a voice that is perfectly suited to her gospel soul and country sound that peppers the album. It’s fair to say that all of Pearcy’s songs on the album are of a high standard.”

“She is so multi-layered and rich…That voice was made to sing the blues, but it is equally well suited to the lavish country melodies that are scattered on this record…a little bit Janis, Emmylou, Lucinda, Mary Gauthier. Authentic. If Amanda Pearcy sings, you believe her…if you want to enjoy an Americana album, which contains the ingredients of that genre: blues, soul, gospel, country, folk, if you above all want to witness superior song writing and hardly equaled singing, then “Royal Street” is something for you… the songs of Amanda Pearcy do not blush alongside those of Jagger and Richards. ”

“…Pearcy’s hardscrabble life story reads like the premise for a bona fide Oscar contender. But between the richly hued, smoky beauty of her voice and the striking, evocative images she paints in words and starkly haunting melodies, the Houston-born, Austin-based Pearcy hardly needs the Hollywood treatment (or budget) to translate her experiences into heartrendingly arresting art…. a quiet storm of “a thousand tender recollections” that plays like a long, wistful sigh arching towards wisdom. Ultimately, succor comes from within, with songs reflecting a hard-earned understanding that in lieu of perfect happy endings, resilience is its own reward. Albums like Royal Street are the proof.”

“An album that, more than most, repays repeated listening sessions with its poeticism, sense of drama, and varied tempos and moods…rewardingly mature. Amanda possesses a lovely rich vocal style that is full of character and believability, with a maturity that avoids the cloying sweetness of many of her peers… even at times having an appealing bluesiness. She creates a hugely evocative atmosphere on every song…and what tremendous songs they are, with some gorgeous melodies that stay in the memory, and lyrics that are beautiful poetic reflections on life… Amanda’s aching vocals dredge every drop of feeling out of the very good “Better on My Own”… Many of these excellent songs are lyrically downbeat but with the stylistic variation and the varied music and vocals, the album never descends into self-pity or gloom.”

“Amanda’s slightly husky, slightly cracked voice suits her brand of Americana perfectly…an album worth checking out.”

Dave Haslam - R2 (Rock’n'Reel) Magazine, May/June, UK

“…a gem, shining like a Texan sun in the Americana world of the South… Amanda’s voice can not fail to charm, there is no voice like hers, soulful and wonderfully sensual. A masterful CD that deserves wide circulation.”

“Selected as a “Best Pick” on The Alternate Root home page~ “The deep-felt folk soul of Amanda’s voice grounds the diversity of the songs… on “Better on My Own”, Amanda delivers a vocal that would make the Blues queens of the 20’s and 30’s proud of the song– her voice, a well-contained powerhouse… The album kicks off with a fine ballad, “Bring You Home”, immediately letting the vocals of Amanda Pearcy capably take control. Opening the album with a ballad is a ballsy move, but Amanda more than justifies the choice as see-through vocals show her emotions as her confessional delivery almost breaks with her heart."”

“…Pearcy could well be one of this year’s beautiful revelations. There’s not a weak moment on the disc and Amanda constantly manages to surprise and charm us, alternating the rhythms and the moods, going from a ballad gently held by the strings of a violin or a cello…to a greasy blues in the vein of “St. James Infirmary”… to continue with…a rootsy country track. Steve Young, a connoisseur, has written: “Amanda Pearcy’s songs are a bit unusual, which I like”…”

“4**** Americana at its most original! ”

“Brilliant album.”, “…songs of undeniable intensity sung with a fragile, “country-noir” voice.”, and “The majestic “Unbind” leaves the listener speechless, the beautiful melancholy making this song one of the highlights of an already excellent CD. I also have a huge weakness for “Forgiven”. But whether Amanda Pearcy sings her roots tinged waltz, “Lackin ‘in Nothin’”, or her impassioned take on the Rollings Stones’ “No Expectations”, she comes across brilliantly throughout.”

“It surprises me every week the beautiful pictures that are created in this genre, but Amanda Pearcy’s Royal Street is such a rare album, after first listening, you never want to let go. Do not miss it.”, “…a voice that quite easily causes goose bumps…”, and “All the above is more than sufficient to make an album with a silver lining, but Amanda Pearcy excels on Royal Street also as a songwriter. It is significant that “No Expectations”, by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, does not rise above the other songs on the album.”

“…Her husky, sensual way of singing makes her remarkable. …an original sound which her honest, mostly subdued songs thrive. … The Stones’ "No Expectations" may sound like it comes from her own sleeve, and testifies just as much of her original talent. Excellently produced by violinist and producer Tim Lorsch.”

“There are discs that have the extraordinary power to pick us up and take us to another place, sometimes in another era- that is certainly the case with Royal Street…Amanda Pearcy is halfway between the voices of Rosanne Cash and Joan Armatrading.”

“…evocative, passionate, and engaging… Amanda Pearcy, an artist who is definitely on track.”

"Classic, southern, raw and earthy soul, earnest songwriting and moving singing, refreshing and too good to pass up."

“4**** …a very fine and talented singer-songwriter. There’s no doubt about it, Amanda Pearcy earns her place in the Austin scene. ”

"...a singer/songwriter who can share her joys and sorrows in a way that makes you thankful for the experience. Her vocal style is full, authentic, confident and melodic while still being thoroughly grounded in south-central Texas."

“'Waitin' On Sunday' smacks of authenticity and a bit of road weary living. Something that should resonate with most of us in these times when the road of life is anything but smooth.”

Dan Alloway - “Folk Fury”, KTEP-FM, El Paso, Texas

“Her mood is all Emmylou, but her voice has some Dolly in it...if Lisa Hannigan was raised in the South, not in Ireland, she'd probably sound like Amanda. Amanda obviously knows country music, and plays it straight, but the stories lean toward the outlaw category...a solid performer and songwriter...”

Tyler John Arnold - MohawkRadio.com (live performance review at Momo's, Austin, TX)