Richey is a singer and guitarist who plays the blues, but it would be selling her a little short to peg her as a blues act. An accomplished guitar player, Richey comes out of her shoes wailing like Buddy Guy on Carry the Light’s opener, “Leave the Blues Behind.” But you also get something you wouldn’t expect – a vocal treatment that sounds a lot like Chrissie Hynde, making the song sound like the bluesy side of the Pretenders.

Richey gives lots of nods to classic rock throughout the album, infusing “Angela’s Song” with Allman Brothers’-style soul, romping like Humble Pie on “Run Like Hell” and drifting into a Robin Trower dream on “When All is Said and Done.” Richey channels ex-Fleetwood Mac vocalist Christine McVie for the delicate “What in the World.”

Grade: A

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