I realize Jesse Sykes is something of a blog darling as of late, but I’m glad for that, because otherwise it wouldn’t be as likely that she would have graced my ears. She doesn’t exactly have a pretty voice, but it’s nothing husky, either. In other words, something very fitting for folk-country, which this more or less is, though much more palatable to my ears than most bands in that particular genre.

The banjo on Doralee and Lonely Still makes me recall the death-country banjo stylings of Elliott Brood, but that seems to be the case for just about every band that uses a banjo. Just that old-timey feel, I suppose. Despite all that, you should really check out Station Grey first, because I did, and that’s how you’re supposed to get into music, so you follow the same path to enjoyment that I did. Once that one sinks in, head straight to Tell The Boys, one of my favorites of hers (along with Don’t Let Me Go).


From Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls Of The Soul
Station Grey – (MP3, 3.6 MB)
Spectral Beings – (MP3, 3 MB)
You Might Walk Away – (MP3, 2.1 MB)

From Oh, My Girl
Tell The Boys – (MP3, 2.8 MB)

From Reckless Burning
Doralee – (MP3, 3.4 MB)
Lonely Still – (MP3, 3.6 MB)