Ann Powers’ includes Nora Jane in this NPR Music feature article discussing the new wave of female country artists!

She writes, “So it makes sense that halfway through 2013, I can easily make a Year’s Best list comprising the following albums: Same Trailer, Different Park; Like A Rose, by Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe; Annie Up, the second album from that group itself; The Highway, the first independent release from Hank Williams’ granddaughter, Holly Williams; Spitfire, the emotionally unrelenting comeback album by LeeAnn Rimes; American Kid, by Americana veteran Griffin; The Stand-In, by a relative newcomer in the same field, Caitlin Rose; Love and Forgiveness, by Dusty Springfield’s spiritual daughter, Courtney Jaye; Carnival, by the quietly brilliant Nora Jane Struthers — just one of several younger women making major waves in bluegrass; Pioneer, by the ever more rocking The Band Perry; and yes, those two volumes of soundtrack from the series Nashville.”

Nora Jane’s thoughts on this:What an honor to be included in this talented group of women!  Woah!!!

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Ann Powers, for NPR Music, includes Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line in a small group of musicians, spanning several genres, who she identifies as successfully borrowing sound to create something original.  Here’s what she writes about NJS & TPL:

Nora Jane Struthers makes bluegrass music that reminds us of how contemporary that strain of country music was when it emerged in the mid-twentieth century. The Nashville-based Struthers and her band, The Party Line, display an easy camaraderie that leaves room for virtuoso turns without ever letting their songs be consumed by showoff picking. What really makes Struthers special, however, is her songwriting. On her third album , released in March, Struthers — who grew up in New Jersey and has a from NYU — employs the high lonesome bluegrass sound to tell stories of adventure with a subtle feminist twist. Along with Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan and Abigail Washburn, Struthers is an upstart spiritual daughter of Alison Krauss, creating a space within the competitive fraternity of bluegrass for women’s stories and women’s virtuosity.Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 10.57.45 AM

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It is always a fun challenge to be the only non-traditional bluegrass band at a Festival.  We had a lot of fun rising up to this challenge at the Gettysburg Bluergass Festival last week!  According to Ted Lehmann, Nora Jane and The Party Line, “was well-received with a particularly lively second set eliciting crowd support and a rousing encore.”  We rocked out on Mountain Child and the crowd totally came along with us for the ride, breaking into applause in the middle of Aaron’s epic fiddle solo at the end.  Wooooo!  Thanks to Rich and all the folks at this great festival for taking a chance on us!

I also made some new friends including this little lady, who loves our song Carnival.  Lily:

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