Paula Sinclair has long been admired throughout Oregon for her homespun country and heartland rock. Now, the rest of the country can get a taste of the esteemed singer songwriter on her Steady Girl offering.
At times sounding like the distant cousin of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, Sinclair edges her art up a notch on the title track and the catchy, radio friendly number "Fearless Heart." It always helps to have a good backing unit, and Sinclair has surrounded herself by winning musicians and instrumentalists, including Paul Brainard on pedal steel, Tony Furtado on banjo and slide guitar, Arthur Parker on bass and Drew Shoals on drums. But, with production by Rob Stroup, Steady Girl becomes Paula Sinclair’s show, and she puts on quite a performance that gives pronounced focus to her bright, sharp lyrical output on both "Drifting" and "Medicine Burn."
Steady Girl is an anchored, rock solid disc for any collection.
Steady Girl is out now on Old Sombrero Music.