The world of bluegrass and Americana was something I never knew until after college when I landed at a a radio promotions company. There I met a handful of great artists who call that genre home alongside folk and indie artists. One I wish I knew then that I didn’t meet until now though was Eliza May Doyle. Currently on the road in Canada in support of her latest release, It Ain’t What It Seems, fans are getting to enjoy music that is all of the above in terms of style but while the more upbeat songs are fun, I found myself falling harder for the more heartfelt ones.
There are a lot of positive affirmations in this record that come your way via country, twangy songs like “Nothin’ To Lose” and “Wish I Felt This Good Without The Whisky.” However, those were not the ones that I felt myself getting lost in. While I’m a sucker for the ways of a rapid banjo, I absolutely loved when Eliza showed more heart in songs like “Say Darlin’ Say” which was just mesmerizing, and “Old Blue Jeans” which thrived thanks to its simple but striking lyrics. One last note, usually by the end of a LP I lose interest 99.9% of the time. Here was the .1%. I could listen to “Moonlight” on repeat until the sun came up.
The world of music you’d consider cousins to country may still be a little new to me, but I know what I like and don’t like and when it comes to Eliza’s heartfelt ways – I’m all thumbs up. If you’re a fan of indie folk music that has country undertones as well as a little blues in it, make sure to check out Eliza Mary Doyle. She’s on tour now through mid-December throughout Canada. Head out if you can and hear songs from It Ain’t What It Seems. If you can’t make it, check out the album anyways because it’s now now!