If you love upbeat, breathy folk music and simple lyrics, plus layers of mandolin, banjo and fiddle beefing up an otherwise uncomplicated composition, 907Britt's sophomore album is for you! Alaska-grown Britt Arnesen (907 is Alaska's area code) sings with a sweetness that's most striking when it's balanced by local bluegrass legend Richie Reinholdt's deep harmonies. And she plays guitar with gusto. Or maybe it's guts. Having grown up in Juneau's folk music scene, I think I know what a young Alaskan folk musician is up against: You need guts and an audience.
907Britt's audience likes cheery, uptempo, lighthearted folk. "The world can be lewd and crude, but your daughter's music doesn't have to be," her website says. Also, warning, two songs on the album feature animal sounds: a chorus of cats meowing in "Come on Over" and, on "Getting the Paper," a "woof!" My fave is "Rosemary Fly," where Reinholdt adds a touch of David Rawlings-esque twang to a tender goodbye.
907Britt plays a CD-release show at Ten Spoon Winery Sat., March 3, at 6 PM with Richie Reinholdt. Free.