Karman Kregloe is a singer/songwriter from Blacksburg, Virginia, who relocated to LA. She brings her Southern history and country-rock influences into a distinct sound that expresses her Appalachian roots as well as her experiences as a southern expat in LA. Karman Kregloe is her debut EP. It is an autobiographical album that draws inspiration from Kregloe’s own life. Mixed into the deeply personalized storytelling are tales of other people.
With musical influences that include Tom Petty, Gillian Welch and Neil Young, Kregloe’s songs are deeply colored by her perspective. As she brings her searing point of view to these tracks, she pretty much lays the foundation to her sound with the help of Eric Edmond Vasquez on guitar leads, atmospheric banjo, mandolin and lap steel accents by Doug Conlon and powerful piano and organ riffs by Kathryn Lounsbery. Nashville session drummer Tony Morra fills out the sound with his dramatic drumming beat, adding percussion (bongos/shakers/cowbell) to the vibe.
Karman Kregloe EP gets started with Kregloe grasping the reins to “Come to the Front” with a country-bent vibe. The piano melody is strong and powerful. The drum beat consistently brings the driven sounds to the forefront as sounds of banjo and mandolin intercedes in the backdrop. Kregloe’s vocals really paint a poignant picture of the American South. This song had a playfulness to it that made the listening experience enjoyable. Up next is “Climbing The Vine,” which had a bluesy vibe and is a song about a female veteran who overcame PTSD through the use of Ayahuasca
“Deadwood Days” proved to be a slow burning number. As Kregloe’s vocals bring in the emotion on this murder ballad, underlined beneath this song is a pressing urgency, as percussions, guitar solos and drum fills add to the sound. On “Fire In The Walls,” warbling synths add a moody vibe. This track felt darker than the previous tracks. The guitars roll forth with a grittier feel, as the bass brings on the rhythms. Kregloe’s vocals are executed with a fiery feeling. I could feel her fierce stance underneath this song. The band pares down with the stripped-down closer on “Hummingbird.” I thought the simplicity of this acoustic track really went on to amplify the emotions and range on this song. This proved to be one dynamic finish.
Kregloe shows us that location is a matter of the heart, as she brings the south to wherever she goes. She carries with her roots in Americana, folk and alt-country and this gets played out in a very familiar sense. Kregloe gives fans access to traditional country and folk fastenings with a vibe undeniably her own. This EP was a solid start and I am excited to see what she has in store for listeners next.
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