'Angel You've Come Too Soon' ...an absolute belter! She reminds me a bit of EVA CASSIDY - and the early days of OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN'
Smooth Country, SMOOTH RADIO (UK)
"...beautiful...a feel of Nanci Griffith."
'Ladies @ Lunch', BBC RADIO LANCASHIRE
“A voice that calls to mind Eva Cassidy, stories similar to Nanci Griffith ... a natural performer, gifted writer and angelic singer.
“Christene paints perfect, little vignettes of life with her songs - all the richer due to the pleasure of listening to her sensual voice.
“...she was a dream. We really enjoyed her coming to the station.
KCFM 99.8, UK
“She played songs from her new album, produced by Mark Hallman, "Dust 'n' Branches, Songs From A Wanderer" and also from 2003's "Little Lighthouse". Christene is quite delightful and her songs enchanting. I thoroughly recommend this American born, but now Austria based, songwriter and urge you to catch her over the summer whilst she is on tour... Go on have a listen, you won't be disappointed.
Leith FM 98.8, Leith, Scotland
“What a tremendous nights entertainment. Christene did a lovely job, she has a rather cute and mellow American way about her which made a lovely comparison with Scuppered (no review necessary, you know all about us) Her songs tell tales of her life in America and beyond, for such a young person she's certainly been around a bit. She presently lives in Innsbruck with her Austrian, non English speaking, Husband. Lovely songs embellished with bitter sweet stories of everyday life all over the world...
Coal Aston Village Hall, UK (LIVE show review)
"Excellent follow up to Christene's 'Little Lighthouse' album. Produced by Mark Hallman (Eliza Gilkyson, Gretchen Peters, Shawn Colvin), this new disc is a great collection of songs that will bring Christene to a much hight profile in the UK. A prolific touring artist, it’s obvious these songs have been fine-tuned and honed in front of many audiences; the eleven songs are well constructed, melody led pieces that flow and sit together perfectly, and from the simple acoustic arrangement of ‘Tumbleweed’ through to the fuller band track ‘Whiskey Night’, the collection feels rounded and well considered. Christene is a strong lyricist, and from the reflective ‘For My Roses’ through to the direct and clear message of ‘Dear Mr President’ (which also sees Eliza Gilkyson helping out), she paints vivid pictures in her songs, throughout the disc she’s both thoughtful and direct and often gives the listener much to consider.
FISH Records, UK
"...An independent storyteller in the true sense of the word, her songs are glimpses into the sights, sounds and stories of her own experiences and the lives of the people populating her tales. The experience of an established producer has given a new edge to the songs and the quality of the instrumentation and production means that this disc deserves to find a wide audience across both Europe and the US."
FISH Records, UK
"There’s a definite nod to Aimee Mann in the content and intent of ‘Dear Mr President’ (no prizes for guessing the target for that one) with its strolling rock rhythm, wandering guitar lines and graceful melody that could be straight off ‘Bachelor #2’. The “please don’t speak in my name, don’t use my face in the picture you paint of America” hardly a pioneering sentiment, but its restrained personal defiance and battle-weary delivery is the albums high water-mark. ‘Open Wound’ takes us back to the country ballads, but this time backed subtly; its strength lying is its simplicity. Finally ‘Just When You Think’ rounds off the album in a gentle tranquillity.
Pristinely produced and beautifully packaged, Christene LeDoux has crafted a strong set of songs from her travels.
“What a truly beguiling voice. I put on Dust ‘N’ Branches... Songs From A Wanderer when I got home from work yesterday and didn’t realise I was swooning until I fell right over on to my face. I was still captivated, though. “Ouch...” I muttered distractedly...she could melt the walls of the strongest fortifications with the warmth of that voice. In all honesty, I can’t even point you towards an album highlight because the minute you put this on, its quiet, delicate, enveloping surfaces engender a complete mood that you won’t want to interrupt until the album is finished.
If the toast catches fire behind you, you’ll stoically let the house crumble into ashes around you before you even consider pressing ‘eject’."”
Dorset Echo, England
"...Some of Christene's storyboards are well over ten minutes long, but it’s time well spent as she shifts straight into sweet protest lullabies that close the story. An instant favourite carries the line “I Am Tumbleweed” - it's a pin-drop moment. As LeDoux takes us on this journey, the crowd are asked to provide a chorus and beats, along with, quite oddly, an open forum on recommended alcoholic cold remedies. She pays homage to the seminal American roots folk musician Utah Phillips who died just a few weeks ago, who she cites as a major influence on her music. LeDoux closes on a protest song about Bush and the “War” , even placing a careful distinction between supporting the soldiers whilst still ably questioning the moral code of why they are there in the first place. Entertaining, warm and as a sublime bonus, talented too."
Manchester Music UK - The Met/Bury
"The effervescent Christene LeDoux is an American with plenty of audience participation in mind. Hers are songs of personal experiences; a road trip through her life with warm descriptive narratives set over extended song introductions. LeDoux is from the East Coast of America but is certainly well traveled, telling us of her journey across the U.S. and Europe. She asks for permission before using the F-word, which almost contradicts the crystal clear complexion of her vocals which when combined with the sparkling guitar work all serve to captivate..."
Manchester Music UK - The Met/Bury
“...The evening ended much too soon, but the audience was left in no doubt that they had just experienced something truly special, and that Christene LeDoux is destined for bigger things. She delivers both stories and songs with such passion and conviction that you can't help but know she is onto something good. I was left in no doubt that to see Christene perform live is about more than just live music. It is about being given a unique opportunity to understand who the person behind that music is, and to share for a brief time, her life on the road and be a part of that journey.
That road is sure to bring her back to the UK next year when her new Cd "Dust and Branches….songs from a Wanderer" is released and I for one will be looking up a date near me.
Maverick Magazine (live show review/Newcastle, UK)
“...Upon popping in this CD, and hearing the first notes of Enya-like, Christene can transport you to other lands, or bring you home to a place within your heart...
(Album "Little Lighthouse")
Special Ladies Choice 2005 - Maverick Magazine
“Christene Le Doux's album "Little Light House has hardly left my CD player...
Windsor Art Centre, England
“Studied, quiet and disarmingly honest, Christene LeDoux’s Little Lighthouse is a brave and hushed record. The 16 songs here represent the sweeping scope of LeDoux’s influences and sound, conjuring the finest and most understated qualities of the current contemporary singer-songwriter genre.
Not only is the record stripped-down in its production, but its lyrics have stripped away all barriers between singer and listener, leaving only intimacy and emotions that respond like exposed nerves.
Standouts include “Did You Ever Fall?” with Devin Hoff’s upright bass and B.Z. Lewis’ spooky electric guitar creating a solid but flexible framework for LeDoux’s sweet vocals, which call to mind Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins. “Guardian Angel” is a sexy little groove of a tune that creates a nice, hard contrast to songs like “The Entertainer” and “Daddy’s Café,” which are powerful and deep explorations of loss and life.
Performing Songwriter Magazine Top 12 DIY Pick
“Christine is a Storyteller. Regardless if she is using a guitar to carry her voice, she is first a storyteller. Her stories coupled by her melody is enchanting, inviting, and most of all, personal. She is a folk singer/storyteller that includes us with each tale. As we listen we are invited to join in the memories, the pictures, and the stories. The pictures unfold from her words, her music, and most of all her. Her clearly designed craft is fashioned like a home maid quilt, each stitch echoes her life, and each fabric forms a beautiful realistic mosaic of her art and her adventures. She is a singer, a storyteller, but most of all a gift giver. Her stories and her songs are her greatest gift.”
West Hills College
“...a thoroughly nice record in every way.
(Album, "Little Lighthouse")
“If this album was a coat, I would wear it every day because it fits great and feels so damned comfortable.
(dust 'n' branches ... songs from a wanderer)
“...Little Lighthouse is packed with sixteen songs, with the first as good as the last...
“This entertaining lady seems to spend most of her time nowadays living out of a suitcase. Naturally, such a restless lifestyle has rubbed off on her song writing, the subject matter of which ranged from that uniquely American phenomenon the railroad hobo, given a personal twist in the person of a recently-deceased friend who had occupied that role, to the highly personal in a song like "Sweet Patty", a poignant semi-autobiographical tale of a young girl in an orphanage who leaves a favourite doll out in the rain, with a last message from her mother sewn into its dress. Musical second cousin to Nanci Griffith, her lyrical sharpness and observation parallels that of Michelle Shocked...
Sondscape.org.uk *LIVE review* Swansea, Wales
“Christene Le Doux, on tour, is a graceful woman with a rambling soul, and a honeyed voice. I bought her CD (an absolute treat for just £10). Sweet Patty is my favorite, because of its poignant truth. Each track is a winner. Christene had the room embraced around her. This lady has gone far and will go even further. I wrote pages about her, but the secret is to listen yourself.
Reviewing show at "Everyman Bistro" in Liverpool, England
“Wow! You're going far! Great music Christene!
(In the studio after Christene appeared on the show in 2000)”
CBS - 48 HOURS
“Reviewing a sold out show at Los Angeles’, 'The Mint' 2001: The lyrics of Christene LeDoux are so clear and vivid that with each note and tone she emits, a detailed form seems to take shape in our minds. To call LeDoux a storyteller is to understate her skills. She is an artist creating exquisite imagery through song. Her entire performance was pure art, her voice of angelic purity. Playing songs that included "The Entertainer" and "Half Moon Bay", she also demonstrated her virtuosity that makes her such a superlative entertainer. LeDoux may be new to the music industry but her talents would make you believe otherwise. Her performance of "Daddy's Café" is a prime example. Through every song the crowd was entranced, the aura of their love and appreciation a palpable presence in the club. This is what the experience of music is all about.
San Francisco Art Magazine
“Another interesting young American indie singer and composer, Christene Ledoux. Listen to The Entertainer, a nice song that's got nothing to do with Scott Joplin's famous ragtime. There's also 'Dear Mr President', which is great although more... hem... political. In the fine old tradition of the greatest American protest singers?