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Coralee and the Townies / Press

“With tunes that mixed elements of psychedelia, country and rock embroidered with Coralee's visceral vulnerability and confessional lyrics, the band's sound, which it dubbed "honky-tonk soul," started to catch on. Coralee's strong presence first drew female fans, and the musicianship and well- constructed tunes drew just about everyone else. The "honky-tonk soul" is finely captured on the band's self-titled EP. Recorded by Duane Lundy at Lexington's Shangri-la Productions in March 2010, the five tracks showcase elements of well-worn roadhouse country on Don't Touch Me, adulterous, dusty soul on Funny That Way and a dark, lusty come-on in the closing track, Rough and Tumble. ”

"Coralee and the Townies have only been around for a little over a year, and they’ve already pushed out a terrific EP and given a name to their specific genre — Honky Tonk Soul. It’s a fitting description, as the sextet whoops and weeps with traditional authenticity and contemporary energy, with Coralee’s husky vocals front and center and the Townies providing a righteous, raucous rootenanny soundtrack around her."

"Between her big voice—a smoky reminiscence of Loretta Lynn—and her charismatic stage presence, which Smith describes as “both friendly and ferocious,” it seems the spotlight is just where [Coralee] belongs."

"Coralee's narratives are proud visions of femininity and uncompromising tales of love. She’s assertive, confident, aware, and liberated, lending the band a distinctive guiding voice."

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