11 Songs, 38 Minutes

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.

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.

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