"Seattle's heartfelt acoustic roots scene is here to stay, and it's deep and formidable. Rather than grousing about how Head & the Heart sidewoman Charity Rose Thielen's harmonies resemble Donna Jean Godchaux's at their most atonal, it's better for everyone if vastly more talented females like The Washover Fans' Gillian Tart are showered with accolades instead. Tart instantly recalls another Gillian (Welch)."
"Despite the fact that their earthy music is all-original, they have a keen ability to take us back to roots, drawn from old-timey front porch sounds as well as folk-rock and alt-country. The Washover Fans’ songs with slower tempos strive for evocative mood pieces with enticing vocals and aesthetic instrumental accompaniment... They demonstrate a voice and sensibility beyond their years"
“On "Live at Empty Sea Studios," The Washover Fans revel in the simple beauty of acoustic harmonies. Their voices mesh effortlessly, and their instruments are tight accompanists to the songs (with some particularly delicious mandolin and steel guitar lines), which have quite catchy melodies. It's folk music done right; nothing fancy, but "tous qu'il faut" as the French say (which means "everything you'd need"). The songs are deceptively simple odes to love and love lost, nothing necessarily new here, but this is a large cut above the many singer-songwriter CDs I've been listening to recently. Really, this kind of folk music comes down to the lyrics and the deftness of the music, and here's where The Washover Fans really stick out. Their words are subtle, thoughtful, and bring new light to old ideas. They're bringing a much needed creativity to folk music, and when they drop covers on the new album, they're chosen with care and given a sweet, sorrowful sound.”
“The Washover Fan's CD Baby page recommends the band for listeners who like Gillian Welch, Laura Viers and Ryan Adams. Their debut,'That Habit Suits You', proves that there isn't all that much separating the Fans from those folk and roots icons except, you know, fame. Rich, moody songwriting brought to life by expert playing and harmonizing gives the band a sound that is at once instantly recognizable but also completely original.”
“Americana to the core, these musicians have infused the lonesome sounds of Appalachia, chordings from the mountains, instrumentations from bluegrass minus the grandstand twanging, and three part harmony with some fine triad choices. At the same time they have planted themselves firmly into the Northwest resurgence of new folk seen at NW Folklife, which runs the gamut of string bands to jug bands, though the Washover fans are neither jug or string. They are also good songwriters, and all of the instrumentation and vocals support the lyrics and tell a story.”
“An Americana odyssey guided by a multitude of instruments and harmonized vocals.”
“[Calendar Pick of the Day, Thursday 5/17/12]”