Artist: Natalie Hemby
Label: Getwruche Productions
Release Date: 01/13/2017
All too often, the folks that write the songs sung by the artists who reside on top of the charts get too little credit. After all, were it not for their efforts, many of those acts would be left empty-handed.
It’s refreshing then that Natalie Hemby has opted to step out on her own. Boasting credentials that include hits she penned for the likes of Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert, Hemby clearly has all the skill needed to elicit mass appeal. However that still doesn’t say enough about this fresh-sounding debut, one that spotlights Hemby’s cheery and expressive delivery to the max. Every song reflects well on her songwriting skills, making it no surprise that tracks like “Letters of Display,” “Grand Restoration” and “I’ll How You loved Me” provide proof of her prowess. Whether she takes an uncommonly upbeat entry or offers material of the more meditative variety, she finds an immediate connection and a range of emotions that strike the core of heart and happenstance.
Puxico, named for the town in Missouri that Hemby’s grandfather called home, proves a point — that is, that her talents are far too vast to be confined to a role behind the scenes. A remarkably refreshing debut, Puxico proves Hemby’s a star aglow all her own.
— Lee Zimmerman