Awake (Proper Music Distribution)
Take a dulcimer, a Dobro, and some guitar. Add two lovely voices and some songs (traditional and contemporary). There, you have one of the standard folk music templates. Then hope for the best in sticking out from the other practitioners of your craft. The world is full of very good performers.
What Hannah and Ben have is a chemistry that makes it seem they were born to sing together; their voices meld when they do.
They also have a good ear for good songs. Awake features a great version of Woody Guthrie’s Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key and a stunning Sante Fe Trail. A simple and haunting instrumental called Every Night When the Sun Goes Down is a highlight, as is a lilting Reynardine.
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage have taken the basic template and made it shine with their talent and good taste in choosing and arranging songs. Awake, their second release, is a keeper.