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It works, it really does! This trio, comprising, husband and wife team
Ally McErlaine (guitarist with Texas) and Shelly Poole (late of Alisha's
Attic), together with Charity Hair (not so much a wig destined for Oxfam
as a former member of The Alice Band), make a very beautiful sound. This
has everything and more to do with the way in which Ms Poole's and Ms Hair's
voices fuse together in blissful close harmony. They are very near in tone
and timbre and although they have clearly worked hard to get their larynges
lined-up what comes out of their mouths sounds deliciously natural and easy.

The band's music has its roots firmly based in country soil but there is a
refreshing absence of many of the genre's usual clanking cliches in evidence.
Even when it seems as though they're getting ready for a hoedown, as they
do on the perky 'Evening Song', the number turns an unexpected corner and
pulls the spirit of Buddy Holly into play with highly enjoyable results.
The desert tumbleweed slide guitar of 'Morning Song', too, twists convention
into a very pretty new shape to frame the heart-warming melody and harmonies.
'The Gold Hour' opens up like a dream full of a summer day's last rays of
sunshine; warm air, long shadows and cornfields swaying in a gentle breeze.
The softly shuffling 'Tables Turn' is less than two minutes long but still
makes its mark with its beautifully crafted tune. 'White Feather' smacks of
cowboy stuff but actually turns out to be one of the album's most graceful
compositions (they sing of wolves crying at the door to which I can only
give my wholehearted seal of approval!) Final track 'The Happiest Girl In The
Whole USA' allows Mr McErlaine a little look in on vocals too (why should girls
have ALL the fun!) and brings the album to a charmingly downbeat conclusion.

Red Sky July's fine debut is a welcome visitor on this cold, damp November day.

Recommended.
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on 9 April 2012
Bought this after hearing lovin' you is Easy on radio 2 and am I glad I did. There's not a bad track on the whole CD.

I'm not normally a country fan, but this is not your usual fare. It's more like a cross between country, folk and some blues thrown in.

The voices and harmony are really a delight to listin to.

One of my favorite CDs to date
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on 11 April 2014
Saw them in UK recently backing Beth Neilsen Chapman, They covered most of the tracks on this CD which I play without skipping tracks, wonderful harmony. Will certainly buy their next CD as soon as it comes out.
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on 2 July 2012
A wonderful album of country tinged songs with high and lonesome harmonies and rootsy guitar work. A must for fans of Gram and Emmylou.
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on 27 March 2014
I saw Red Sky July on a recent UK tour and thought their music was melodic with good harmonies and accomplished acoustic backing - easy on the ear without being exceptional and that is a fair summary of this CD. There are no standout tracks and not a lot of variation in tone, however there is nothing that grates and it makes relaxing background music.

The one irritation is the wretched CD cover which is cheap cardboard in the style of an old vinyl album cover rather than the usual plastic cover. It is difficult to extract the CD, it is not really practical and if anyone from the record company reads this - please provide a plastic cover next time.
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on 25 May 2013
This album is a must have for anyone who loves close harmonies and artistically picked acoustic guitar. It blends Americana and great lyrics and the album is nicely balanced with ballads and more uptempo songs. My favourites are Mourning Song, loving you's Easy and Already Gone
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Red Sky July have departed from their commercial successes as individuals & now doing just what they wanna do. ie... roots music & they succeed on every level.
Nice work.
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on 28 October 2012
I heard one of the tracks on Radio 2 and immediatley ordered the C.D. Its quite simply my favourite of the year. The harmonisation is magical, as are the lyrics.Can't wait for them to tour. Try it!
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on 27 October 2012
I love this CD and also love watching them perform on youtube, usually in someone's bedroom or outside in a garden with planes flying overhead! The harmonies are wonderful, it's simple music but very uplifting and the guitarist is great too. Not really country, not really folk but maybe a mesh of the two, and I'm not really a country song kind of girl, but would highly recommend this delightful trio.
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on 19 April 2012
I got this album last Autumn and i still havent tired of the folkey blend of country & blues.

Beautiful songs and the tightest harmonies make this an album to treasure
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