Editors’ Notes White Hat is the debut by Big Harp, the married duo of Christopher Senseney (guitar, vocals, keyboards) and bassist Stefanie Drootin-Senseney (formerly of The Good Life). The duo’s sound is an Americana mashup of honky-tonk piano, finger-picked acoustic guitar, and bluesy electric licks backed by the steady drumming of Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Chris Phillips. Senseney’s deep drawl and deadpan delivery has a soothing presence, and Drootin adds some tasteful harmonies, although she sings too infrequently considering how well their voices sound together. They mix up the tempos with a blend of countrified front-porch strummers (“Goodbye Crazy City,” “Steady Hand Behind the Wheel,” the title track), blue-eyed soul (“Here’s Hoping,” “Let Me Lend My Shoulder”), a touching ballad (“Oh Nadine”), and a catchy Latin-tinged shuffle (“Out in the Field”), all performed with style and laid-back charm. White Hat is a notable first effort that’s easy to fall for.

SONG
Nadine
1
3:48
 
Everybody Pays
2
3:16
 
Goodbye Crazy City
3
4:27
 
Steady Hand Behind the Wheel
4
3:05
 
All Bets Are Off
5
3:15
 
Some Old World I Used to Know
6
3:38
 
Here's Hoping
7
3:44
 
Let Me Lend My Shoulder
8
2:35
 
White Hat
9
2:15
 
Out In the Field
10
5:02
 
Oh Nadine
11
2:57
 

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