Comfort zones are generally lovely places to be. They’re warm, predictable, and, well, comfortable, But sometimes, you just know there is something more for you out there. When the longing for that change surpasses the fear of making that change – that’s where the magic happens.
Right This Time, the debut LP from Asheville-based outfit lund, captured that magic in each of its 10 sparkling gems. After a decade on the management and booking sides of the music industry, classically-trained singer and songwriter Nicole Lund knew the stage was where she was meant to be, and decided it was time to follow that path.
From the grungy grooves of opener “Paper Tiger,” to the contemplative longing of closer “Something’s Gotta Give,” the album is a portrait painted with the vibrant strokes of soulful, blues rock-tinged Americana.
Lund’s fierce, smoky vocals are reminiscent of greats like Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt, and the band’s studio personnel boasts a who’s who of movers and shakers largely affiliated with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Produced by Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell, a drummer and more who supports TTB in the studio and on the road, this record takes listeners on a journey that, while at times is poignantly heart-wrenching, is a helluva fun listen. Right This Time is right for this time.
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All photos of lund are by Sandlin Gaither