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“Leaning at times to the Cowboy Junkies or Lucinda Williams and at moments on old schoolers like Loretta Lynn, Lana Rebel’s dusty country music is moody and sparse. She writes wind-strewn tales that populate the recent release, Mistakes We Can Live With, recorded with her band the Broken Promises. Also on the bill: Broken Napoleons and Nightingale News.”
“(Excerpt from interview) Lana Rebel’s music evokes an all-but-long-gone era of country music. Her bio asserts that she’s been compared to Loretta Lynn and June Carter, and Rebel’s music certainly brings a simpler time to mind. Although she writes and performs in a traditional country style, Rebel approaches her craft like a punk-rock DIY musician. An overview of Rebel’s past makes sense of this seeming paradox, and it also illuminates her honest, straightforward approach to songwriting. ”
“Lana started her musical adventures playing bass in a math-metal band called Last Of The Juanitas, but it wasn't until she started strumming along to the likes of Willie Nelson and Lefty Frizzell that she found her true calling. Backed up by The Broken Promises, and with an album produced by Black Heart Procession's Pall Jenkins, Lana is all set to establish herself as one of modern country music's foremost writers. ‘All I Need’ is near-to-the-knuckle in terms of its stripped down and laid bare feel and Lana comes on like a switchblade toting Loretta Lynn, delivering a series of songs that recall the early output of a mountain-bound Dolly Parton, with the don't-mess-with-me attitude of a punk rock Patsy Cline and still easily drawing comparisons to the contemporary sounds of Mary Gauthier and Lucinda Williams.”
“One of the true underappreciated voices in town, Lana Rebel channels the bygone era of outlaw country and the rhinestone flair of Gram Parsons, plus just enough punk rock flair (after all, she did deafen the masses in Last of the Juanitas for so many years) to tie it all together. Joined by her rambunctious backing band the Love Lasers, Rebel mixes her own material with manipulated classics”
“] With a timeless croon that recalls Dolly Parton and June Carter Cash at their most gloriously downtrodden and angelic, Portland country siren Lana Rebel is a wonder to behold. The tiny singer-guitarist belts out stripped-down country that defines the genre in its most pristine and classic form, with ambling songs of drinking, love lost and found, highways, sadness and glory. Rebel’s the real deal: a passionate singer whose earnest songwriting and haunting voice seem transplanted from a bygone era yet ring true in the present.”