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Press & Artist Quotes
“Every year at Merlefest, one performer usually stands out as the buzz of the festival. This year that performer was clearly Nora Jane Struthers and her amazing band, The Party Line. There is an honesty and an energy in her stage performances that is equally infectious and irresistible. She had the crowd jumping up & down in the hot sun on Sunday…she & Old Crow Medicine Show had the best energy of the festival.” – Charlotte Folk Society concert presenter
“Fans of Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, take notice: Nora Jane Struthers embodies everything you could want in an Americana singer-songwriter.” — NPR Music
“Old time music continues to reinvent itself in the able hands of young artists like Nora Jane Struthers” — Tim O’Brien
“Spend some time with [Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line} and you'll quickly discover what separates them from the rest of the roots-inspired crowd: Rich storytelling, repeat-worthy melodies and a modern mashup of traditional, bluegrass, folk, country and rock influences."” — Paul Wallen, Tampa Bay Times
“Nora Jane is one of the best songwriter-singers this side of the Himalayas!” — David Mayfield
“It's no surprise that Brent Truitt was the producer on tap for Nora Jane Struthers' new second album, Carnival. Truitt is best known for his work with Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton — three artists whose music, if you could melt it down and mix it all together, might come out sounding like Struthers and her backup band, The Party Line.” — Kim Ruehl, Folk Alley
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are “right square in the intersection of a venn diagram describing bluegrass, old time, singer/songwriter and Americana music today.” — John Lawless, Bluegrass Today
"Nora Jane Struthers is one of the most mesmerizing, haunting and hard-hitting projects I’ve ever heard. Her lyrics are simply spectacular and have achingly beautiful melodies to boot. This is one of my favorite all-time albums and certainly the most arresting music I’ve heard in a long time." - Dave Higgs, Bluegrass Breakdown
"Instead of a vocal tour-de-force, her voice - direct and free of artifice - points the listener back to the essence of each song. She is, first and foremost, a songwriter. But unlike many songwriters who aren't performers, Struthers' singing is as polished as an Opry pro." - Steven Stone, Vintage Guitar
"Nora Jane infuses bright, fresh lyrics into this traditional genre with sheer intelligence. Musically, she take unconventional twists and turns, while 'holding you to the road' with commanding charm."
"A former English teacher from a family steeped in Americana music, Nora Jane Struthers writes literate variations on classic folk themes and sings them with just enough twang to sound authentic rather than academic." - Bob Strauss, L.A. Daily News
“She has a penchant for wearing vintage dresses, but Struthers’ music arrives piping hot and original.” – Arthur Wood, Maverick
“Think of Nora Jane Struthers as a preservation effort inside a sparkling residency amid the ’00s and wrapped in artistry that transcends them both.” – Mark Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
"New to Nashville, Nora Jane Struthers has been creating quite a buzz."-Peter Cooper, The Tennessean
"Remember the name Nora Jane Struthers, because you’ll probably be hearing it in the near future in conjunction with bluegrass awards for best emerging artist and top female vocalist. Her selftitled debut CD is, simply put, a marvel that combines brilliant songcraft, a sultry yet honey-hued voice, and an inspired sense of personal musical style.
Blessed with a voice that sounds a bit like a cross between Sarah Jarosz and Laurie Lewis, Struthers immediately enters the front ranks of female bluegrass vocalists with this release. She can sing a mournful murder ballad in the first person on “Willie,” belt out a bluegrass wailer on “Greenbrier County,” warble a dazzling western tune on “Cowgirl Yodel #3,” and murmur a gentle lullaby on the traditional “Say Darlin’ Say”—all with equal ease and aplomb.
Backed by Nashville stars Bryan Sutton, Tim O’Brien, Brent Truitt, Stuart Duncan, Shawn Lane, and Scott Vestal, she easily avoids the trap of sounding like an overproduced commercial project. Buoyed by her confidence in singing her own songs, she soars and enthralls instead of sounding like the studio band is overpowering her. Writing with a clear-eyed traditional sensibility typically seen only in writers of the caliber of Gillian Welch and Tim O’Brien, her songs sound immediately like pre-modern classics that ache for other artists to pick them up and include in their own repertoire. What was that name again? Nora Jane Struthers. Once you hear this CD, there’s no way you’ll forget it. Highly recommended." DJM, Bluegrass Unlimited