“Sans Abri provides a refreshing sound with the album "Shelter." The lyrics are honest and have depth to them. The songs were written intentionally, not just thrown together. The combination of the voices of the duo and the instruments create a natural, pure sound. The songs are organized to contrast one another. The more serious songs are surrounded by optimistic ones, creating a variety of emotions upon listening to the album.”
“Guitar and mandolin interplay forms the tension and playfulness of Shelter, with Erwin and Paynter’s harmonies dotting moments of healing. Where at first the songs of Shelter may appear to be sarcastic, tossed-off jokes, further analysis finds both depth and longing to be probed.”
“Shelter is a truly outstanding album that is much deeper than at first glance. Erwin and Paynter's voices entertwine, bounce off each other and harmonize, as do their instruments. It's really something to hear the way they work together to create something lyrical, entertaining, and yes, beautiful. It's already one of my favorite albums this year.”
"What audiences will hear from Sans Abri will maintain a spiritual connection to Packway Handle's rousing bluegrass-inspired folk, but with a distinct identity...As Sans Abri...they have also been able to distance themselves from the stylistic expectations associated with bluegrass. That alone has been worth the added challenge of keeping people engaged with fewer men onstage."
"...the distinct duo of Paynter and his mustachioed partner Josh Erwin flaunted a rich sound and interlacing vocal harmonies at Flicker last night. Though the band stuck with upbeat tempos, it played with rhythm and genre throughout. The duo distances itself from the bluegrass style of Packway Handle Band, from which it originated...it’s infused with a bit of alternative rock, the pair can’t hide their Americana roots."