Review: Susan Gibson "Tightrope"

Singer-songwriter Susan Gibson may be a name that is unfamiliar, but you have definitely heard her music ("Wide Open Spaces" performed by the Dixie Chicks). However, Gibson makes the job of music critic very difficult on her terrific new album "Tightrope," which is a surprisingly heartfelt trip through the life of Susan Gibson.
The album begins with the beautiful "Evergreen" that is performed with a quiet intensity by Gibson and sparse instrumentation that perfectly suits the track. The chorus of "Hope Diamond" hits the musical sweet spot, and "It's Raining Outside Today, Horray!" shows a more soulful side of Gibson.

However, Gibson's true talent shines through most on songs like the title track "Tightrope," which is performed with confidence and ease. The song's lyrics are both thought provoking and accessible. No easy feat.

The best song on the album is "Lonely When You Cry" which mixes nuanced vocal elements reminiscent of Carly Simon and Stevie Nicks with a cool country vibe. The seemingly simple lyrics and pitch-perfect performance should excite a diverse array of  radio program directors from Sirius-XM's The Coffee House to the tiniest country stations in the Carolinas. Other tracks, including "The Wood Wouldn't Burn" and "Passin' Thru" also have chart potential on Americana and Roots radio.

"Tightrope" is a perfect showcase for Susan Gibson's ability to write and perform songs that touch elements in your heart that are often hard to reach. If you're lucky, this talented songstress might someday be walking a tightrope near your hometown.