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CD Review: DaisyCutter

Waiting For The Stars

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2015, Loonymusik Records
  • 2015, Loonymusik Records

In 2009, Sara Milonovich, already a fiddle-playing roots-music MVP, made her solo debut as a singer-songwriter with an album called Daisycutter. Now that album title has become her nom-de-bande, and it's apt in its suggestion of one part pastoral idyll, another part pointed slashing and burning. Milonovich set the template on her debut for roots- and country-based songs boasting instrumental virtuosity and lyrical directness. On Waiting for the Stars, she's simply expanded on that formula to such a degree that even those who shy away from twang in their morning dose of music will appreciate the overall effect of her original compositions and her surprising cover tunes—so surprising that I didn't even realize until I checked the liner notes that one is a Joe Strummer number, one a Neko Case, and two are Led Zeppelin.

They all fit together with her own terrific songs in a dynamic manner that gives electro, funk, and raga accents to what are dazzling country- and bluegrass-based arrangements played by a veritable all-star team of instrumentalists including Boo Reiners, Natalia Zukerman, Lloyd Maines, and Leigh Gibson, as well as the core of the Beacon-based Daisycutter, which features Greg Anderson, Andy Goessling, and Ben Wittman. But none of these folks get in the way of musical mastermind Milonovich, who could easily be the next Sheryl Crow or Shawn Colvin. Kudos to producer Greg Anderson for tying it all together (in various recording studios around the Hudson Valley) while serving Sara's innovative vision. Daisycutter.net.

—Seth Rogovoy

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