North Park Festival of Arts
Sara Petite Band
Sat May 12th, 3pm
on the Mainstage
Sara Petite Band has been nominated Best Americana Country Band in the San Diego Music Awards.
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Powerful Country-Tinged Autobiography
Sara Petite - Road less Traveled
JULY 4, 2017
Eleven years from her debut, Tiger Mountain, the title of Sara Petite’s latest album is at odds with the miles of experience in her voice. What had once been a musical pastime turned into a sanity-saving career choice, that in turn transformed her personal struggles into artistic fuel. This latest set explores intimate themes of restlessness, desire, discovery, love, loss and recovery, and though the shuffling rhythms and moody horns suggest Johnny Cash, there’s a delicate vulnerability in Petite’s voice that Cash’s baritone couldn’t have sustained. Petite makes palpable the broken heart of “Getting Over You” with lyrical detail whose innocuousness turns out to be its revelation. She turns in an original drinking song with “Monkey on My Back,” and finds self-confidence in the surreal Tom Petty-influenced dream of “Good 2 B Me.” Recorded with her band (who get a terrific showcase on the swampy “Sweet Pea Patch”), rather than the Nashville studio hands of her earlier releases, the album has a more organic and exploratory feel - both of which complement an artist who’s fully come into her own as an autobiographical writer. If you’ve been following Petite’s career, you’ll be pleased with her continuing growth as an artist, and if you’re new, this is a great place to jump in. [©2017 Hyperbolium]
Album review: Road Less Traveled by Sara Petite
It’s not hard to fall immediately in thrall to Sara Petite’s sound. From the first (title) song of her new album, Road Less Traveled, the only possible response is a big smile, a tapping foot and a willingness to go wherever she’s taking us. There is a jauntiness to the track that is infectious, but the key is Petite’s voice: round and warm even as it delivers a wink and a nod to the listener.
This is not to suggest that the whole album runs in this vein – it does not, as Petite is a well-rounded artist who can also deliver sadness, reflectiveness and pathos, and it all clearly comes from the heart. Mind you, even the break-up song ‘Getting Over You’ has a swinging beat, so while Petite explores the end of a relationship she also sounds like she doesn’t regret it. And ‘I Will Rise’ is not a self-pitying rumble through hard knocks but, rather, a proclamation.
The musical style of these songs is swampy country: the tunes are laced with banjo, horns make an appearance, and there’s some prominent electric guitar as well. Country suits Petite – and so does rock and blues. These are all genres of music that do not support sugar-coating and Petite certainly sounds like she is not interested in anything other than the truth. Happily, she has found a way to meld them into a sound that is gloriously hers. She sounds like she belongs in an LA bar as much as a Nashville stage, and she could also sit by the side of a road with a guitar and churn out tunes for passers-by. She has a drive to communicate that goes right along with her willingness to sing from the heart, and accordingly she will find audiences everywhere.
Road Less Traveled is out now.
SARA PETITE - ROAD LESS TRAVELED
Heartbreak and happiness share the front seat with Sara Petite as she makes her way along Road Less Traveled, the latest release from the SoCal songstress. Sara Petite catches air on south of the border horns, choir loft organ swells and harmonies, chugging punk rock guitar riffs, and a salvation-seeking story line as she mounts a pulpit soapbox to inspire with “I Will Rise”. Road Less Traveled moves over the highways and byways of California Country music, sampling sounds of the west coast. The album hums farmland Folk as it huddles down in “Sweet Pea Patch” for a little loving, hangs on for a ride on a Rock’n’Roll Country hot flash in “It Was Just a Kiss”, and puts a desert dry rattle underneath the traintrack beats of “Blackbird” as the Sara Petite Band picks and plucks twang to ward off the rain falling in “Sweet Pea Blues”.
Making her way down the west coast, Sara Petite left Washington state to set up base in San Diego, California. Her natural Country vocals find a comfortable home in the songs of Road Less Traveled, settling in a classic story line for “You Don’t Care at All”, wrapping in the hot breaths of Mexicali horns for the confessions of “Getting Over You”, confidently riding the rhythms through a Tom Petty dream in “Good 2 Be Me”, and momentarily sniffing an island breeze of pedal steel sways before knocking back a few shots in “Monkey on My Back”. Sara Petite follows the call of Mexican melodies for the title track as she teases and taunts all the ‘travelers, truckers, troubadours” she encounters on the “Road Less Traveled”.