ARTIST: Laura Cantrell
TITLE: When the Roses Bloom Again
YEAR RELEASED: 2002
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: It was a hidden gem
LINEUP: Laura Cantrell, Jay Sherman-Godfrey, Jon Graboff, Jeremy Chatzky, Doug Wygal, Kenny Kosek, and other session vocalists.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second full album from rising alt-country / regular country singer shines with originals and appropriate covers.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Still employed as a VP at Bank of America, Laura Cantrell’s second album sounds more confident, breezy, and complete than her fine debut album.
Her sound is more rooted in the traditionalist country where there’s no sweetening strings, syrupy backing vocals, nor does it sound like a southern rock band. It’s got a sweetness to it, but also has a genuine country sound.
Cantrell’s work doesn’t fit into Nashville, since it’s not big and bombastic and loud. It’s traditional country, meant for small rooms.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: She married the founder of her small record company.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE A-: Another solid traditionalist country album for your collection.