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Luanne Hunt: “So It Goes” – a deeply tender no-frills effort

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Posted January 31, 2017 by Peter Burns in Headlines

For years now, the award-winning singer-songwriter, Luanne Hunt has fashioned a body of work as artistically successful and as significant as any independent Country female performer you’d care to name. After twenty years of crafting a career, sometimes artists fade in strength, whether it’s their voice or their ability to interpret songs. Luanne Hunt is the artistic equivalent of a wine that has aged into something beautiful, sweet, clear, and transcendent. I’ve followed her for a while.

This is a nostalgic wandering back through the basics of an authentic Country-folk song. Her single “So It Goes”, written by Luanne and Steve Hunt is another winning production in a long list of many.

The Independent Superstars Hall of Fame inductee’s voice is powerful and pure. There are no weaknesses, only depth, power, and beauty. Mrs. Hunt’s vocals hold out as spectacular in the recording as the heart behind her voice does.

She has the ability to shift gears in her singing, to soften her enunciation and luxuriate in her vibrato when the material and the finessed production calls for it. She makes fine use of those expressive chops in this country-folk chestnut which is lifted off the album “The Heart of it All.”  

Luanne Hunt talents need no explanation though; every song she does is expertly handled. For newcomers to the whimsical yet assertive world of Mrs. Hunt, let this song motivate you to delve deeper into her other songs and stories. Listen to how she turns simplicity into ear-catching luxury.

“So It Goes” is a deeply tender no-frills effort, miles from the slick pop sheen of her current colleagues and peers, and resounds with the intimacy of the studio, and a warmth that also lends credence to the authentic spectrum of the genre’s legacy.

As restrained and elegant as “So It Goes” can be, it’s also a righteous reckoning that fully acknowledges, as only the best country songs can, the basic truths of the human experience. Overall, the track is a smoldering, contemplative triumph and it won’t take listeners long to like it. This is the three-time American Songwriting Awards winner we’ve always known: wise, mature and modern with a traditional heart.

In short, Luanne Hunt’s sound is real, not spruced up or affected by high-riding label executives, and when you listen to her sing, you feel as if you’ve shared a conversation with her. Now that’s something you don’t hear on the radio anymore.

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