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|Beth and April Stevens|
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
When the Eastern Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band released an album in 1988, Beth Stevens sang a song with fellow students Adam Steffey, Barry Bales and Tim Stafford. The three men all went on to become members of... more »
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When the Eastern Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band released an album in 1988, Beth Stevens sang a song with fellow students Adam Steffey, Barry Bales and Tim Stafford. The three men all went on to become members of Alison Krauss's Union Station, and Stevens matured into a bluegrass singer with the warm tone and transparent feeling of Krauss herself. After seven hard-to-find albums as part of the Stevens Family, Beth and her sister April have released their first as a duo. They alternate lead vocals; the best moments, though, come when the two voices combine in an eerie blend as only siblings' voices can. --Geoffrey Himes
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John J. Harville | Newport News, VA | 12/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All I can say is WOW. These two girls are nothing short of amazing. I saw them live last year at the Christopher Run Bluegrass festival in Virgina...and they knocked my socks off. Talk about your mulit talented musicians. These two can play about any instrument in the bluegrass circuit. And their voices...... whew.....they're heavenly. I rank them right up there with Alison herself. Alison Krauss that is. If you like Angelic voices and bluegrass music...buy this one. It's a keeper."
There's something to be said for obscurity ...
mork | 01/09/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"... and it's "damn, what a shame." For the Stevens Sisters' pitch-perfect cover of Steve Earle's "My Old Friend the Blues" alone, this is an album well worth owning and turning to again and again. But fortunately there's much more here. Beautifully matched voices, a flawless feel for the material and heartening simplicity are only starters. This is real country done real well."
Brilliant duo from East Tennessee
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 08/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Beth and April grew up listening to different kinds of music, but especially to bluegrass, the main ingredient of their music. Two other major influences on them were blues and country and these influences are apparent on this album.The album includes covers of Wishful thinking (first recorded by Joy White), My old friend the blues (Steve Earle), In my time of dying (the sisters based their version on Led Zeppelin's), Tomorrow is forever (written by Dolly Parton and recorded by her as a duet with Porter Wagoner) and When we're gone we're gone (O'Kanes).Betty Elders wrote Bed of roses. Although there have been different songs with this title, I don't remember hearing this one before. The other songs are all originals that they wrote themselves, some of which are very personal.After releasing this exciting debut, it was five long years before the follow-up, the equally exciting Little by little was released, which I've already reviewed.. It was well worth the wait, but I hope we don't have to wait another five years before they release their third album."