Becky Buller: Crêpe Paper Heart

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Submitted by Mike Tabor

St. James, Minnesota’s, Becky Buller came to prominence in the acoustic music world as a songwriter, with cuts by some of the industry’s finest, including Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Special Consensus, and The Infamous Stringdusters. It has also been published that Buller made bluegrass music history by becoming the first person to win in both instrumental and vocal categories at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. Her skills prove most astounding on her great new release - Crêpe Paper Heart, a full-length set of remarkable bluegrass numbers.

Becky Buller Band are musicians of the finest order they come in any music genre today. Buller herself is a superior writer, player and vocalist, and all her players are world class at what they do. Even if you don’t like bluegrass you will still find them a musical force to reckon with, just as bluegrass lovers won’t deny, and when “Another Love Gone Wrong” blesses your ears, you can’t turn back for the rest of the disc. Buller describes this as a song she had worked on while attending University at Tennessee State, reminding her to never throw song ideas away.

The tracks feature some different players which include some from her road band, but they sound amazingly transparent, which is a testament to the album. “Bitter Springs To Big Trees” is a song inspired by a sermon on Exodus 15:22-27 from Dr Brenton Cox at First Baptist Church, Manchester, Tenn. And the first thing you notice from track to track is the consistent effort to fuse the same sound through them. It makes the whole disc flow with ease on an album which showcases a large variety of musicians that come recommended to hear playing some of the best music 2018 has to offer.

Heart Of The House” was written in memory of her mother-in-law, and in honour of her father-in-law. This eloquent ballad is an amazing tune with a country style vocal, co-written by Sarah Majors. You feel all the emptiness of this brutally honest song with Buller playing some tasty lead guitar, as she does so well throughout the disc. She’s joined on this track by Rob Ickes on resophonic guitar. It’s followed by “Cair Paravel,” a marvellous instrumental tune which is named after the castle of the kings and queens in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles Of Narnia. The brilliant musicianship displayed here is so good it can’t be detailed in words.

“Maybe,” is where everything peaks and you get one of the most sublime tracks on Crêpe Paper Heart, from the songwriting to the playing and vocal delivery. This is where simplicity meets with all their skills and comes out with the most soothing track on the disc and shows Buller’s songwriting prowess to be as magical as it’s known for. “Calamity Jane” is the outlaw song co-written with Tim Stafford, and it’s a playful number with some of what surely must be some of the finest string play around. And don’t miss the bonus track, “Phoenix Arise” which is a fundraising song, and the only cover on this extremely fabulous bluegrass release.