“On her third album Doghouse Rose, the twang meets the punch. A rock edge anchors the rhythms as bent and distorted riffs playfully float by while Sara's voice pushes through the tracks like a freight train barreling out of the Smokies....”
“Sara is an incredibly gifted artist. No frills, no gloss, great songs. great singing and great playing. One of the best gigs of this century so far."”
"Sara has a hugely appealing, self-deprecating personality that matches her heart-on-sleeve, tell it like it is descriptive songs. Her voice with its lovely twang and ability to wrest every last drop of emotion out of every word. The big difference is that many of her songs are confessional and in some cases are about subjects that can be a little edgy. Imagery is probably what makes her stand so far out from the crowd, with her songs painting pictures and emotions that very few can match. There is considerable humour as well, with her between songs patter making her seem more like 'the girl next door' who is telling stories to her close friends.
"The opening track from Sara Petite’s third album will grab your ears if for nothing else than the phased guitar sound that recalls the soul of Waylon Jennings’ “Are Your Sure Hank Done it This Way?” Petite sings with the girlish lilt and firecracker energy of Rosie Flores, and her crack band adds instrumental nuances that really give the productions something extra. Petite’s voice is twangy, perhaps too country for Country, and there’s a lot of rock ‘n’ roll punch in the band’s playing. Petite’s a gifted singer with a lot of texture in her voice, a bit like Texas singer Kimmie Rhodes. She sings the album’s title track with a parched tone that seeks acceptance, and infuses desperate longing into a cover of Harlan Howard’s “He Called Me Baby.” Petite wrote all but one of these songs, and her lyrics have a conversational easiness that makes her stories, observations, realizations and confessions feel intimate."
“Sara has a hugely appealing, self-deprecating personality that matches her heart-on-sleeve, tell it like it is descriptive songs. Her voice with its lovely twang and ability to wrest every last drop of emotion out of every word. The big difference is that many of her songs are confessional and in some cases are about subjects that can be a little edgy. Imagery is probably what makes her stand so far out from the crowd, with her songs painting pictures and emotions that very few can match. There is considerable humour as well, with her between songs patter making her seem more like 'the girl next door' who is telling stories to her close friends. Sara is an incredibly gifted artist Who defines what country music should be. No frills, no gloss, great songs. great singing and great playing. One of the best gigs of this century so far.”
“Sara Petite - Doghouse Rose Het album opent met 'Magnolia' een 'typical' countrysong. Het wordt vervolgd met 'Take What I Can Get' een lekker uptempo nummer. 'Do you really care about me' zingt ze in dit nummer. Natuurlijk doe ik dat, want haar muziek klinkt erg aanstekelijk. Ze 'knauwt' op een heerlijke manier in haar songs. Een ander zal het 'dialect' noemen. Het geeft haar muziek echt de 'touch' om er met plezier naar te blijven luisteren. Nummers zoals 'He Called Me Baby', 'Fade Away' en 'She's Gonna Fly' houden het vuur in mij op de goede temperatuur. Ook als Sara wat gas terugneemt in 'Shouldn't Be Doing This' en 'Beautiful Thing' blijft het een genoegen om naar dit album te blijven luisteren. Niet iedereen zal direct gecharmeerd zijn van haar stem, maar mij heeft ze direct in haar greep. Lekkere plaat!! Nu nog anderen overtuigen. Pak je kans om even naar haar site te gaan om te luisteren. Ik ben er zeker van dat je niet teleurgesteld zult zijn.”
“...Dog House Rose is a fully bloomed, seamless piece of Americana art that is sure to see Sara achieve high accolades and national attention this year...Well-crafted songs, heartfelt singing, great musicianship, and perfect sequencing make this a very strong work; I dare might say an "Instant classic!" The forbidden temptation of "Shouldn't Be Doing This" and the perfect title of "Beautiful Thing," with their ethereal eloquence, remind one of a chapter taken from Emmy Lou Harris' Wrecking Ball. Both are superb and you can hear Daniel Lanois' footprints everywhere. Sara Petite has done her lessons thoroughly and wears her heartfelt influences on her sleeve. You'll hear nuances of many of the greats in her work; however, Sara has created her own masterpiece here. The excellence and continuity of Dog House Rose can't be overstated. Congratulations to Sara and the Sugar Daddies. One of the best CDs of the decade!”
“The songs (Doghouse Rose) themselves, remind us of the best of the best stuff that Chip Taylor wrote for his collaborations with Carrie Rodriguez a few years back. Crazy embodies the element of Doghouse Rose that we identify with most: honesty. We find all too often that artists tend to veil emotion or action at the risk of offending god-knows-who or in the interest of art or poetry (not that there's anything wrong with that). We kinda like things frank sometimes and Sara Petite delivers on the bad-decison-making-romp of "Crazy"! Like the Tim Harwill record we latched onto back in January, we're definitely going to be buying the rest of the Sara Petite catalog as soon as humanly or digitally possible. We cannot recommend this record strongly enough.”
“A rockin’, honky-tonkin’ delight rooted in the heartbreak in Petite’s lyrics and vocals (there’s a certain wide-eyed quality that’s caused her to be compared to Dolly Parton....”
“Stellar line-up, extraordinary talent and award-winning singer-songwriter... can't get better than this for a bluegrass/country-rock album! This San Diego award winning blueqrass and country singer-songwriter has just released her third album following TIGER MOUNTAIN and LEAD THE PARADE. Standout tracks on this record include the blueqrass-rock Doghouse Rose, singer-songwriter driven Souvenirs and the pop rock infused Crazy. Recorded and produced by Eddie Gore at the Insomnia Rerording Studio in Tennessee, Petite's latest recording features former Duke's member Harry Stinson on backing vocals, former Johnny Cash and Dwight Yoakam bassist Dave Ro, former Lucinda Williams guitarist Kenny Vaughn and Keith Anderson's drummer William Ellis. This stellar line-up combined with Petite's eleven originals. one co-write and one cover, really showcases extraordinary talent and does a full round up of bluegrass, country, pop and rock offering variety to even the least likely of listeners.”
“Petite remains the utterly in control singer she's been since that first release. A less-strong personality, or one with less talent, might have wilted in front of a band composed of folks who've backed everyone from Johnny Cash to Marty Stuart to Dwight Yoakum. Petite, though, sings with the same smiling confidence as she does at her gigs at the tiny Ould Sod Irish bar in Normal Heights, her distinctively nasal vocals as country as country gets, with fine control and a purity of pitch that would leave most classically trained singers deep in envy. Then there are the songs. Her songs,the best – like the rocking "Baby Let Me In," the plaintive "We Shouldn't Be Doing This" or the tender "Souvenirs" – remind more than a little of Tom Russell and Guy Clark in their blending of storytelling and song. It's a tremendous collection of strong songs and Petite's remarkable singing, as great a listen as it is testament to her hard work and talent.”
“Sara Petite is an artist so talented, you just hope she becomes a household name like Prince and Patsy.”
“Traditional flavoured country that should appeal to Dolly and Elizabeth Cook fans….packed with simple but effective songs, engaging vocals, well produced, the type of album which has strong echoes of the past... she wrote 11 of the tracks...and there really isn't a filler”
“HITMAKER: Hometown singer-songwriter makes good Sara Petite, a singer-songwriter featured in Street back in April, is doing well for herself up north in Portland, Ore. Petite's song "Coming Home" won the grand prize in the Portland Songwriting Contest. "Coming Home" also was voted the winner in the country or Americana category. Petite is set to perform in Portland at the songwriter's showcase on Sept. 12. "Coming Home" was released on Universal Music of France's "Country" compilation CD last month and will be released at the end of summer on Shut Eye Records' "The United States of Americana" CD. Petite, a San Diego Music Awards nominee this year, is planning a three-week tour of Ireland, and maybe the Netherlands, in October.”