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“Onward, her second album, is where Krafka really arrives. Produced by Maines and Hendrix, the whole record sounds fantastic, crisp and full (but never cluttered)...But Krafka, despite being a rookie separated by that formidable bunch by decades of collective experience, holds her own all the way through with conviction to spare. Her voice alone is a real find: sweet but assertive and ribboned with color, it glistens through “Beauty,” swaggers sassily through “Whiskey High,” and settles like a golden-red sunset over the river of pedal steel on “South Texas Fall.” Her songs are real winners, too, full of buoyant melodies that never sag or drag and lyrics that convey both maturity and a young-at-heart spirit that’s playful but never fluffy. Best of all, though, is the way she handles herself on the album’s one cover, “Drunken Poet’s Dream.” Memo to Ray Wylie Hubbard and Hayes Carll: hate to tell you this, boys, but while you were sleeping, that woman done stole your ”

"All in all I was quite pleased that I had been “blind sided” by this performer and look forward to following her progression down the musical road of life."

"It adds up to a successful sophomore effort that holds promise for the future."

“Leslie Krafka‘s new record is very good. The music and arrangements are top-notch, as you’d expect from anything produced by Lloyd Maines. Much of the writing and singing has a nineties-era Suzy Boggus vibe, and for those who didn’t know me back then, that’s high praise. My favorite track on Leslie’s new record is South Texas Fall. This song is a 10 on anyone’s scale.”

“Don’t try to predict what direction singer and songwriter Leslie Krafka is going to head. If you do, you’ll just embarrass yourself. With her new album, “on.ward,” Krafka mixes tough and tender with a heavy dose of audacity. She does true love (“Stay With Me”) and heartache (“The Pain of Losing You”) exceedingly well. But Krafka is not afraid to call out a two-legged skunk on “Wine, Women and Song” or throw down a few too many (“Whiskey High”). And she has the guts, chops, confidence and yes, audacity, to cover the gritty Ray Wylie Hubbard/Hayes Carll song “Drunken Poet’s Dream.” If that’s not enough to grab your interest, and your ears, “on.ward,” produced by Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix, features an all-star cast of Texas players and just sounds great – Jim Beal Jr, freelance music journalist/DJ on KSYM radio’s Third Coast Music Network”

“...it is the quality of Leslie's songs and singing that make the record stand out.”

““Having the opportunity to have seen the maturity of Leslie Krafka’s music from the listener and the on air host side I can without reservation recommend her new CD “onward”. The title itself frees Ms. Krafka’s writing and opens a new chapter for her and the music, with full respect to the process of story writing “Onward” is a complete musical novel. Ms. Krafka’s cover of Hayes Carll’s & Ray Wylie Hubbard’s – Drunken Poets Dream should appease the feminist and bring a smile to the opposing view of the song.” Rick Heysqueirdo, KPFT’s Lonestar Jukebox”

““Leslie Krafka is a genuine songwriter that writes about topics ranging from storytelling to matters of the heart. She’s never trite and always seeking truth in her lyrics with a style all her own. A little bit of twang with a saucy spice of city slicker. It makes for an intoxicating mix that leaves the listener wanting more.”—Terri Hendrix/songwriter, musician, producer”

“Krafka is an excellent songstress...Her songs target love and relationships, both good and bad, peppered with the occasional poignant tune about life experience...Krafka’s voice is outstanding, acting as the lead instrument on every track.”

“We don't know much about this countryish singer-songwriter, but her Wandering Troubadour song is a good start.”

"...her debut (CD) was well worth the wait.