Roxie Randle - Little Victory
You know the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover?" Well, the same can be said of artist names. No offence to her, but when I first saw the words "Roxie Randle," I envisioned someone who would be at home in the seediest part of LA's Sunset Strip. Upon hearing the opening notes of "You Don't Know a Thing About Love", from Ms. Randle's new 5-song EP Little Victory, I was a tad taken back by this country sweetness coming through my speakers.
It didn't surprise me to learn while I was listening to the rest of this release that Ms. Randle is based in Nashville after emigrating from Eastern Illinois - You can so tell she has been influenced by the influx of indie-type rockers like Jack White and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys who have made Music City, USA their home in the past few years. And at the risk of sounding cliché, she also possesses a pop sensibility that arguably hits its maximum appeal on "Learning to Fly". The closet cowboy boot wearer in me admits it's prototypical country life about life and all its quirks, complete with the hokey guitar twang. Randle reminds me a little of Kellie Pickler here, specifically the latter's "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind", not that I'm any kind of a country fan. I think the highest compliment I can give this EP is that I was genuinely disappointed once it was over after only 5 songs and a little more than 18 minutes. Maybe I'll pay a visit to the Corpulent Cowboy while I look forward to more from this 2010s version of Lurleen Lumpkin. Mosey on over to RoxieRandle.com to give Little Victory a try, as well as help yourself to two non-EP free downloads.
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