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Caroline Casey & the Stringslingers / Press

“On her solo debut for the Spanish El Toro label, "This Broken Crown", the singer, songwriter, and guitarist offers up a crackling fresh timeless mixture of explosive rockabilly-twang, grooving western swing, purebred country, and dyed-in-the-wool honky-tonk..."there is nothing here without soul, heart and energy and a sense of sheer fun that can be heard in every note..."Caroline Casey and Her Stringslingers have ignited an absolutely sweeping, musical fireworks explosion of sound that will inspire every genre lover from its first to last minute. Caroline shines with a versatile voice, which equally communicates joy of life, passion, melancholy, and lasciviousness. The fact that everything doesn't always run smoothly and perfectly makes the matter more beautiful and honest. The whole album swings, rocks and two-steps, and it nearly brings tears of joy. As stated, this a timeless work, a monument to playful joy and intensity.”

“Caroline Casey & the Stringslingers This Broken Crown (El Toro) With her first album since the Casey Sisters' Crazy Spree in 2002, Caroline Casey unloads juke-joint gold in her solo debut, like Loretta Lynn at her sassiest. "Blazin' a Champagne Trail," "Little Pink Mack," and "Caffeine, Nicotine" roll with raucous twang, while "Used Wedding Rings" is beautifully brutal. "Threshold of Heartache," meanwhile, bursts with Spanish flavor, and Brennen Leigh duets on the flirty "Daddy's Girl." ”

“On "Blazin' a Champagne Trail," an appropriately bubbly track, it was immediately apparent that this gal has a very strong, mature voice. This in an impressive, consistent set and the slower material is just as good. She duets with mandolin maestro Brennen Leigh on the title track which has a sad theme. Al Urban's "Used Wedding Rings" is a tearjerker too, set to a waltz tempo. Her own "Six Empty Bottles" is a fine example of the barroom ballad genre and "It's Later Now" is a strong country ballad. Caroline plays castanets on "Threshold of Heartache," a powerful Latin tune with Cobo's acoustic guitar and Mexican trumpet figuring in the tasteful backing. The CD signs off in fine style with a nimble western swing tune, "Texas Boogie," on which the ensemble conjures up a totally authentic vintage sound from its golden era. I was most impressed by the musicians involved and the great variety in their solo spots. This is a damn good country CD.”

Harry Dodds - Now Dig This! Magazine (UK)

“Caroline Casey offers here a fine late 50's/early 60's honky tonk/Bakersfield album full of steel guitar (dobro too), fiddle, twangy guitars and country shuffles on which she wrote all but 4 songs. Her strong, powerful (and beautiful) voice perfectly fits the genre; it never sounds artificial, repetitive or "cliché"; slight variations make the album enjoyable from start to finish. "Little Pink Mack" has a truck driver song vibe in it and it makes you dream about a duet with Chris "Sugarball" Sprague. "Used Wedding Ring" is a poignant waltz written by Al Urban. "Treshold" changes the pace and brings a slight touch of Tex-mex with trumpets and castagnets. Another highlight is "Six Empty Bottles" in the vein of "Heartaches By The Number" in the great tradition of "number" songs. You'll find a western swing touch with "That Kiss Is There" an uptempo number with excellent piano and fiddle while "Dark Of Night" adds a touch of gospel and "Texas Boogie" closes the album with a boogie.”

“All hail the new queen!”

“Une des sœurs Casey, un duo "The Casey Sisters" qui vient du Rockabilly ou elle a fait la scène avec des pointures comme Wanda Jackson ou Rosie Flores. Elle a décidée d’une carrière solo et a signé sur le label espagnol spécialisé dans le Rockabilly, "El Toro Records". Son album par contre est bien un Cd de Country Music. Un style classique, voire rétro, qui me plait bien. On pourrait la classer dans son style entre Marti Brom et Miss Leslie & Her Juke-Jointers. C’est aussi un auteur qui a composé 8 des 12 titres de cette galette. Mes préférences vont vers trois de ses compositions, "That Kiss Is There", excellent, rythmé et jazzy, "It’s Later Now", "Blazin Champagne Trail" et "Texas Boogie". C’est frais, leger, du Honky-Tonk croisé avec du Hillbilly, et ça vient du Texas ou certains la surnomment le "Honky-Tonk Queen" d’Austin.”

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