Review: Stacy Grubb "Hurricane"

Rising artist Stacy Grubb released her debut album "Hurricane" many months ago. Lucky for us, a copy managed to turn up at the Country Chart office, because this accomplished debut by Grubb is a pleasant surprise that includes backing from some of the finest musicians America has to offer.
The album begins with the bluegrass-infused "Hurricane" featuring harmonies from the famed Dailey & Vincent plus Ron Block's always perfect banjo talent. Grubb has a clear bluegrass voice, and the track's production is superb.

The album is not entirely bluegrass and features music country fans will enjoy as well. However, Grubb's style seems to be heavily influenced by mountain music, which leads to reflective tracks such as "Baby Dear" and the tender "Appalachian Rain."

Grubb's home state gets a major shout out with "West Virginia Wildflower," which is sung with passion and features a sparkling melody. However, the artist's best moment is the contemporary country track "Time Hasn't Changed Everything." The carefully nuanced performance is unusual for an artist's debut album.

"Once Upon A Cross" ends the album with a beautiful Christian message that provides adequate evidence that Grubb's future may lie in gospel music. Her powerful testimony in song would definitely receive airplay on hundreds of gospel stations, whose DJs and program directors might convince her to record  a full gospel project.

"Hurricane" is a well-produced and capable effort from a new artist who has the potential to be a successful singer-songwriter. Here's hoping Stacy Grubb will continue to share her God given talents no matter what obstacles - or hurricanes - present themselves in the rough and tumble music industry of the 2010s.