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“It could take several generations before his light ever truly reaches us.”
“Though Levi Massie’s music clearly reflects the influence of acoustic folk troubadours like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Kris Kristofferson, it doesn’t come off as homage or imitation — it’s just the sound that comes naturally to him.”
“Hailing from Springfield, Ohio, the guitar-playing vocalist must have been born an old soul in order to be capable of writing such dark and introspective lyrics found in the 10 tracks offered here. Throwing his hat into the acoustic/folk/country genre, Massie brings to mind a modern-day John Prine and Kris Kristofferson with a little of Bob Dylan’s influence thrown in for good measure”
“The title track “Sunrises and Cigarettes” closes out the album with such heartfelt and profound lyrics as “we all want more/but more or less/we settle for our second best/and this I can not do/sunrise again over me.” This song provides a fitting end to this collection, and sounds as if a beautiful painting has been appropriately captured in words and music. Peter Young’s organic production style perfectly enhances the material without overshadowing Massie’s masterful lyrics. For those who are in need of a refreshingly honest, laid back musical fix, Levi Massie’s somber, yet reeling Sunrises & Cigarettes may be just the thing your ears have been anxiously awaiting. This is great songwriting in its purest form.”
“While legendary Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy’s excellent harmonica work is featured prominently throughout the set, Massie’s haunting lyrics command center stage during the album’s entirety. A perfect example of this is the accordion-soaked, “In Time, My Dear,” which is pure poetry set to music.”
“Every so often, it happens — for whatever reason, I can’t picture that voice coming out of that person.”
“What do Levi Massie and Bob Dylan have in common? Charlie McCoy. The legendary harmonica player helped Bob Dylan make his last three albums of the ‘60s, and now can be heard on Massie’s first.”