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Reagan Boggs / Press

“Reagan Boggs is what one might call a "throwback artist." Her music definitely sounds like what you might have heard on country radio in the 1970s and 1980s, bringing to mind such legendary ladies as Emmylou Harris or Jessi Colter. It's a sound that definitely shows up in her latest album, Quicksand.”

“Reagan Boggs’s style comes from the same wellspring of heartfelt emotion, bittersweet reflection and bleak back porch desire that birthed great singers like Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wells, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris. Her voice is filtered through a mix of hard wrought emotion and soothing sensitivity, the kind that breeds great balladry and stirs the senses simultaneously.”

“There are more detours to a musical career than there are freeways in Los Angeles...She was born in a "holler" in southwest Virginia, which stamps her character all the way through. There is a forlorn tear in all her vocals that speaks to hard-luck living right next to the ability to bounce back from any adversity. It's also where the deep-seated love of country music comes from. It's used as a salve to heal the scars, and for those who take to it, becomes a beacon of light to point the way out of hardship. There is no doubt that Reagan Boggs discovered that lifeboat and knew it was her salvation, a path to dreams she'd forgotten she even had. The dozen original songs here are all about looking up and never turning back. The one cover, Eddie Vedder's "Better Man," fits in so seamlessly it's like Boggs wrote it. This is inspirational music from a singer-songwriter who fought her way out of quicksand. Believe.”

“There was a time when the term “commercial country music” didn’t make serious music fans cringe. It was a time when country songs told stories that had some depth and individuality. It was working class, but it wasn’t stupid. Reagan Boggs is exactly what modern country radio is missing.”

Wayne Bledsoe - Knoxville News

“Quicksand represents the continued strong growth of Reagan Boggs as an all-around artist. Her vocal is strong and striking. Her writing tells life stories that matter and affect the listener. Reagan Boggs is as fine a singer as you will hear on the road and radio today. Keep listening to this rising star, it won't be the last you hear of Reagan Boggs. "Quicksand" is poised to be a breakout album of the year in Americana.”

“Reagan Boggs decided to go downtempo on most of her new Album, Quicksand. But make no mistake, this is a rock ‘n roll album. It’s like the album is full of those slow songs you hear in a big arena rock show to give the singer a chance to catch her breath. The songs have an old-school soul vibe in lots of places and its put against twangy guitar work and some slide guitar that gives the album a country/soul crossover feel on lots of tracks. I’m adding “On A Bad Note,” “When It Mattered,” and my favorite, “Saving Grace.””

“That can-do, won’t-quit gumption permeates the dignified compositions on Quicksand, a gritty country album that refuses to shy away from life’s complications. Boggs spins tales of women and men who are bent, but not broken, seemingly forgotten, but unbowed. An equally compelling singer and truth-teller, she mines the emotionally rich terrain of everyday people seeking refuge from the circumstances that weigh them down. Some of their problems are external, others the result of their own actions. All are treated by Boggs with clear-eyed empathy.”

“Appalachia’s own sings movingly of those who are (yes) bogged down in life’s pernicious “Quicksand,” not incidentally the title of her new (third) album. This indie release (on her own Reckless Bess Records) is almost an embarrassment of riches about poor souls. It’s composed of 12 fine Boggs-penned songs, plus an incisive, heart-rending version of Eddie Vedder’s “Better Man.””

Mikel Toombs - GeneStout.com

“It's been 7 years since Reagan Boggs released her wonderful cd "Right Now", way too long for a Reagan fix, but the wait is finally over, "Quicksand" has arrived with a dozen more amazing original tunes and that Big, Big voice, Reagan's got the whole package.”

Ed Becker - KDHX

“Wayne Bledsoe got the jist of this album and artist - who is worthy as hell of a listen if you like thinking/thoughtful country. her cover of Pearl Jam's "Better Man" is great, but it's her own voice that impresses most. there's life experience here and when she sings it, I believe it...”

John Porter - Mood Indigo Entertainment

“This release is Reagan’s strongest work to date – and that’s saying a lot. Her work, as always, is rooted in rock-solid country tradition balanced by an eclectic sensibility. The songs are well-crafted, honest, and meaningful. The production reflects a growing maturity and confidence in her material. Reagan Boggs knows what she wants to say and how she wants it said.”

Wayne Winkler - WETS-FM/HD

“… dressed in an Americana sound that dips into blues and eases into country with the care of molasses on a homemade biscuit, Boggs’ album doesn’t rush. It doesn’t need to.”

Tom Netherland - Bristol Herald Courier

“As I listened to this record, I found myself feeling like a bumble bee that had made it's way into a car through a crack in the window and had settled on the dashboard for a front row seat, listening to this girl's stories as she sang aloud to herself. This kitten sings to you, not at you. You got me Reagan. Buzz, Buzz!!!"”

Richard Young - The Kentucky Headhunters

“Perhaps it’s the personal nature of ‘Ready to Run,’ or the eye for detail she shows in songs like ‘Clifton Branham,’ about the Appalachian outlaw, or ‘West End,’ about a community left behind by progress. Maybe it’s her voice, as soulful as that of a fallen angel who’s taken to drinking cheap whiskey in a backwoods Southern honky-tonk… Right Now, however, has more attitude and grit. It’s songs contain subject matter that isn’t exactly pretty, but it’s an accurate reflection of the lady singing them, and the life she’s led up to now.”

Steve Wildsmith - Daily Times

“Right Now is both Rootsy & Rockin' then gently Rolling all aboard Reagan Boggs' convincing vocals. Backed by a muscular band that blends sweet mandolin with fuzzy guitars. It all works together, Right Now.”

Billy Block - Western Beat

“From frightening opening track “Ready to Run” (children waiting out an alcoholic father's abuse of their mother) to earthy stories that Darrell Scott or Dave Alvin would've been proud to have penned, Boggs establishes herself as an important new songwriter. Add to that that she nails classic country-sounding numbers, including “Mixed Signals” and the title cut, with a voice that sounds similar to circa-1970s Linda Ronstadt, and you have one heck of musical package.”

Wayne Bledsoe - Knoxville News

"Reagan Boggs is a fantastic songwriter, and powerful singer. 'The Graves' (track 9) is brilliant, edgy Americana and 'Mixed Signals' (track 10) sounds like the Ronstadt repertoire from 1973. This disc may be your most pleasant discovery of the year!"

Rob Reinhart - Acoustic Cafe Radio

“Reagan Boggs is a singer/songwriter, a story teller . . . We travel with Reagan through the ups and downs she sings about . . .There is no doubt that Reagan has been influenced by many styles of music. Country, folk, bluegrass, and blues are all represented here. Reagan blends these genres to create a style and sound all her own . . . These songs are thinking people’s songs, not mindless pop-oriented material.”

Mary L. Duval - International Country Music Database

“With a voice that sounds straddles the fence between traditional country and the folk rock of Linda Ronstadt in her prime, Boggs finds a way to reach the listener with heartfelt lyrics and a tone that is both strong yet vulnerable . . . Boggs’ music could easily be defined as country-rock, alternative-country, Americana, or straight-ahead country, depending on the song and the listener. The same quality that makes her music hard to pigeonhole into any particular genre gives it a timeless quality. ”

Jeff Eason - The Mountain Times

"Reagan Boggs has the kind of rich, sweet voice that you can't get enough of. She comes from a place that is steeped in country music tradition and now she's carrying it on. Like Patty Loveless or Alison Krauss, she's a country singer who sounds like one."

Larry Groce - Mountain Stage

“Reagan Boggs is one of those lucky artists who stands a chance of breaking into the pop/country market on her own terms and conditions. Smooth but still rocking, her album Never Looking Behind certainly stands apart in its slick but not overproduced sound (none of those “Shania the robot” bloops and bleeps), confident playing and well-conceived lyrics . . .Boggs bucks the Nashville “singer but not the songwriter” stigma . . .Boggs delivers her tunes in a comfortable, matter-of-fact voice that never resorts to grandstanding and doesn't have to. There's no faking the sound of knowing who you are as an artist, and there's no need to throw a bunch of fancy goop on songs that don't need it. ”

Chris Cooper - Smoky Mountain News